Craig Brackins (Iowa State), Jarvis Varnado (Miss St), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), Willie Warren (Oklahoma), Dominique Jones (South Florida), Stephen Dennis (Kutztown)
As i wrote on April 13th, the Knicks should be looking to target Varnado and Vasquez in the second round. It appears the Knicks could go small and big with their two second-round picks.
Jarvis Vanardo: The senior was named SEC defensive player of the year for the third straight year (2008, 2009, 2010). His 564 blocked shots is the most of all time and he is the only Division 1 player to record 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 blocks. He also averaged 10.3 rebounds and shot 58% from the field. Varnado has in creased his points, rebounds and blocks in each season. He is 6’10″ in sneakers and has a 7’4″ wingspan. Despite taking 11 jump shots in his senior season he is working on a mid-ranger jumper.
Greivis Vasquez : Vasquez averaged a career-best 19.6 points and 6.3 assists in his senior season. The 6’6″ guard was named to the second-team All-American team. The Caracas born player also averaged 4.6 rebounds and 2 threes a game. His size, shooting touch and court vision shows his versatility.
Craig Brackins: Brackins is one of the more talented bigs in that draft that should slip into the second round. He could have declared for the draft last season when he averaged 20.2 points and 9.5 seasons. He was one of three players to rank in the top 30 in pounds and rebounds in the nation. However, he decided to come back and averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds. Brackins was the only player in the Big 12 to rank in the top-10 in points, rebonds and blocks. He has a having strong draft combine measuring 6″10″, 230 pounds with a 7″0″ wingspan.
Willie Warren: Warren was part of the 2008 McDonald’s All-American game (Number 10 HS player ranked by ESPN) which featured future NBA players: Brandon Jennings, Tyreke Evans, and Demar DeRozan. He is leaving after his sophomore year where he averaged 16.3 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds. The 20-year old is 6″3″ but is not very long with a 6’6″ wingspan. He is projected to be selected as a late first round pick.Warren missed 8 games last season and had ankle surgery on March 3rd.
Dominique Jones: Jones averaged 21.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.6 threes per game. He was the only player in the nation to average 21, 6 and 3. Amongst point guards he tied John Wall with the longest wingspan (6″9″). The 6’5″ 216 pound combo guard ranked top 10 in scoring and top 5 in free throws attempted. Jones led the Big East in scoring including games of 46 against Providence, 30 against Syracuse and 28 vs West Virginia. He would be a steal in the second round because of his scoring ability, quick first step and NBA ready body.