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By LARRY VAUGHT
SI.com writer Ben Glicksman talked to two NBA scouts evaluating the June draft about various prospects and had some interesting insights about Kentucky freshman point guard Marquis Teague. Like other UK players, Teague has not decided about his future. The current DraftExpress.com mock draft has Teague as the 20th pick in the first round â€” a spot that likely would lead him to leave UK if he was assured he would go that high.
Here’s what Glicksman wrote about Teague:
Regarded as Kentucky’s weak link midway through the season, Teague emerged as an unmistakable weapon en route to the Wildcats’ triumph. He was the team’s third-leading scorer in the tournament (13.3 points) despite its wealth of talent, and showed his savvy as a floor general by maintaining a nearly 2-to-1 assists-to-turnover ratio.
“He really helped himself,” a scout said. “He could sneak into the back of the lottery.”
As with many young guards, however, he needs to hone his decision-making and three-point shot. He’s been programmed to drive to the rim, a tactic that won’t be as readily available in the NBA. Even with coach John Calipari’s one-and-done history, he could benefit from a second season on campus.
“He’s the type of guy that should go back to school, but I could see possibly with the lack of point guards in this draft for him to think twice, especially coming off a national championship,” the other scout said. “He’d probably get lost on the end of some good team’s bench. Those are the type of situations where you get lost in the shuffle.”