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By LARRY VAUGHT

Here is more with Ed Isaacson, a NBA scout/analyst who operates NBADraftBlog.com and is a NBA contributor for SLAM online, on Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley-Stein.

Question: Before he had his knee surgery and missed games, what caused Willie Cauley-Stein to vault his way into the top 10 of some NBA draft projections and do you believe he could be a top 10 pick?
Isaacson: “It’s about length, athleticism, and potential.  As we’ve seen, NBA teams are suckers are athletic big men. It helps that he seems coachable and works hard. I still don’t think he would be a top 10 pick this year. He is just too far away in his development to accurately assess what his true ceiling is. Any team taking him may have to wait three or four seasons to see any real dividends, and I don’t know many lottery teams that want to, or can afford to, do that.”

Question: What have been your impressions of Archie Goodwin? Where would you project his draft status?
Isaacson: “Goodwin is one of those players that would make me lose my mind as a coach. Athletic with good skill for his age, he just doesn’t seem to understand smart basketball. When he does get it, he can be spectacular. Like Poythress, there is time for him to get it together, and I would see him doing enough to be a late lottery pick.”

Question: Do you see anybody else at Kentucky this year being a factor in the June draft?
Isaacson: I think if Ryan Harrow was to declare, he would certainly get second round looks, provided he continues to build on his play these past few weeks.  Julius Mays will get pre-draft workouts I’m sure, but I don’t see where he would fit in at the next level.”

8 Responses to NBA draft analyst Ed Isaacson on Willie Cauley-Stein and Archie Goodwin

  • Ira says:

    Wow if these article aren’t a wake up call for these kids don’t know what is then.

  • Tim says:

    These guys should stay and adopt a Terrence Jones/Doron Lamb mindset about sharing the spotlight next year.

  • WCS will enjoy his Soph. Season and be a Star among Superstars…IMO

  • LindaS says:

    Cal said something to the effect these guys need to stay more then one year. Terrence was moved back to the D League again. We all thought he was ready to go, but it looks like he should have stayed another year. I have not followed him, but I wonder if his attitude has anything to do with it. Hopefully, these guys will stay, mature, learn to play as a team and get their mojo in the right place.

    • ” The Game Of Life, is in every profession “.

    • UKFAN197TONE says:

      I don’t think it’ TJ’s attitude, it’s just that his team is loaded at his position. I think the Rockets took him that in the near future, they can get rid of one of the “older” players at his position and by then, TJ will be READY to actually step in and play. Not learn and play, but to actually play.

  • Karen Sprinkle says:

    I’ve read that Kevin McHale really doesn’t like to play rookies too much. Houston is absolutely loaded at TJ’s position, which means he’s not getting a lot of playing time but it getting valuable experience in the D-League. He has been selected to the D-League all-star game which is a little like Chuck Hayes’ trajectory when he went into the NBA. As for his attitude, I’ve read nothing which would indicate that his attitude is anything but exemplary.

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