Top SG Draft Prospects
No life jackets needed when wading into the 2009 NBA Draft shooting guard prospect pool—it’s not deep. There is no guarantee that more than three or four of the guys on the list below even will be selected in the first round. But there’s a keeper at the top of the list.
1. James Harden – Arizona State – SO (1)
James Harden, still only 19 years old, is the undisputed king of the shooting guard prospect class. The silky smooth lefty is a front runner for First-Team All-American honors this year and currently seems to be a lock to be one of the first three names out of David Stern’s mouth in June.
2. Gerald Henderson – Duke – JR (6)
Up until the past month or so, Duke’s Gerald Henderson has only shown frustratingly small doses of his talent and potential. He seems to have turned a corner, however, posting 13-straight double-digit scoring games and four games of 20 or more points in January alone. Henderson is NBA athleticism personified.
3. Demar DeRozan – USC – FR (1)
After a slow start, double-D started to get things cooking, putting up double-figure scoring totals in 14 of his last 16 games. 1-18 from long-range for the season isn’t going to cut it, though. He could use at least another year at SoCal to work on his game.
4. Terrence Williams – Louisville – SR (10)
Rick Pitino’s Mr. Versatility, Terrence Williams, has the Cardinals firing on all cylinders and perched atop the Big East standings. Williams is the textbook stat sheet-stuffer—13 points, 9 boards, 5 assists and 2 steals a game.
5. Wayne Ellington – North Carolina – JR (9)
Not the athlete that Henderson is, and undersized for the NBA (6-4, 200 pounds), Ellington is a borderline first round draft pick currently. He might be best served to come back to Chapel Hill for his senior year and take over the Big Man on Campus position that Tyler Hansbrough will be vacating.
Next in line:
Lee Cummard, BYU; Dionte Christmas, Temple; Robert Vaden, UAB; Marcus Thornton, LSU; Milenko Tepic, Serbia.
Not expected to enter draft:
Willie Warren, Jodie Meeks, Tyreke Evans.
Jeff Fox also writes about college hoops and the NBA draft at College Hoops Net.