NBA Draft prospects: Mejia’s Top 10 PGs
1. Tony Wroten, Washington: In this draft, the top point guard is a guy who will have to grow into the role. Whatever your reservations are with that, consider Russell Westbrook is still doing that. This kid has the highest ceiling and worth the reach.
2. Damian Lillard, Weber State: He’s legit despite the Big Sky tag he’ll wear. That said, his game is more smooth than overwhelming so he’s not going to jump off the page, unlikely to get the bang for your buck as say, Wroten.
3. Kendall Marshall, North Carolina: He’s fun to watch when he gets it going because he can make a game look simple, but defense and jumper are concerns. Best case, he’s another Jason Kidd, but if he’s not, he’s someone coaches will game plan against to compensate on his weaknesses.
4. Marquis Teague, Kentucky: Winning a national championship means he’ll be known as more than simply Jeff’s little brother. For what it’s worth, he’s further along at this age than big bro thanks to tremendous growth over his freshman season.
5. Casper Ware, Long Beach State: Performed to rave reviews from NBA standouts at the Drew League during the lockout. He’s under 5-10, but has the confidence, speed and range to be an interesting change-of-pace option.
6. Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas: Can’t knock his coaches coming up or his will to win, but the nonsense he pulls can definitely be left in the amateur ranks. If he commits, he can find ways to get it done.
7. Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin: At minimum, he’s a heady kid who can run a second unit. Despite average size, he’s got a winner’s mentality, solid fundamentals and should stick as a trustworthy option.
8. J’Covan Brown, Texas: A talented scorer/shooter, he’ll have to develop as a passser but can create space and do enough on the defensive end to give himself a chance.
9. Scott Machado, Iona: He’s decisive with the ball and can create in transition, but the questions about his ability to perform against set defenses that aren’t stuck in track meets are valid.
10. Tu Holloway, Xavier: There’s some Jameer Nelson in his game, which would be his ceiling. He should get his chance to overcome size issues.
Others: Dee Bost, Mississippi State; Maalik Wayns, Villanova; Terrell Stoglin, Maryland; Zack Rosen, Penn; Scoop Jardine, Syracuse.