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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.”