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By LARRY VAUGHT
Matt Kamalsky of DraftExpress.com carefully monitors players all year to prepare his draft evaluations and, like other analysts, has no doubts Kentucky’s Anthony Davis will be the No. 1 pick of the New Orleans Hornets. After that, there are no guarantees where UK’s other five players off the national championship team will land, but Kamalsky offers his insights into the upcoming draft.
Question: Have the impressions of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist changed any and do you think there is a chance he could be in the top four picks?
Kamalsky: “I don’t believe impressions of Kidd-Gilchrist have changed in the draft process. Teams love his competitiveness, defensive potential, and athleticism, but have reservations about his upside on the offensive end because of the qualitative features of his jump shot. He could land anywhere from two to seven at this point depending on which dominoes fall when, but I ultimately see him going three or four to Washington or Cleveland.”
Question: What positives/negatives are you hearing about Terrence Jones? Has he helped himself any since the end of the season?
Kamalsky: “Jones has been working hard since the season ended, but the biggest question teams have about him remain unchanged. The first legitimate judgements we’ll be able to make of his development will come when he faces adversity for the first time as a NBA player. He’s certainly handled the process well, and hasn’t hurt himself, but its difficult to help yourself when the questions teams have about you has so little to do with your skill level.
“We can’t judge his maturation until we see him being challenged in a game setting, and the situation he’s drafted into will have a great deal to do with how he handles whatever expectations are thrown upon him. A strong organization could get a steal if they can pick him outside of the top-10 and get him dialed in on the floor.”