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Deep Prospect Diving: Identifying Three Under-the-Radar Prospects Who Belong On Our Radars

by Shawn Kohlmeier

I’ve been blown away at what the prospect deals have been so far this year.  First it was Fernando Rodney for Chris Paddock.  Then it was a potential ace in Anderson Espinoza (by the way can you picture what Espinoza could be out in Petco…insert heart eye emoji face) for a guy six months earlier had the equivalent value of Yonder Alonso.  Now it is the massive haul the Cubs have given up for a couple months of Aroldis Chapman (many times more than what the Yankees had acquired him for a few months ago).

If Chapman is a key piece in closing out the World Series for the Cubs, I don’t think you will find a single GM, fan or writer who wouldn’t make the trade, but Chapman far from guarantees anything in terms of ultimate prosperity.  It may seem like that way on paper, but that’s why the game is played and it’s why we love this sport.  I am a big fan of Gleyger Torres and think he is a potential star for the Yankees.  Personally, it would not shock me to see them bring in one more big relief arm and shorten the game even further (despite Manfred’s stupidity, I love me some dominant bullpen’s that can shorten the game). Read more

2016 NBA Mock Draft v3.0: Who Is Rising & Falling For Tonight’s Draft?

The NBA season has come to an end and tonight marks the beginning of the postseason with the NBA Draft.  Who is rising up draft boards?  Who is falling?  Let’s take a look at how our writers see the draft falling: Read more

2016 NBA Mock Draft v2.0: Who Is Rising & Falling As The Draft Nears?

The NBA season is nearing it’s conclusion, which means the offseason will be upon us before we know it.  One of the key components is obviously the draft, where teams will have the ability to select the next Stephen Curry (if they are lucky).  Who is rising up draft boards?  Who is falling?  Let’s take a look at how our writers currently see the draft falling at this point: Read more

NBA Prospect Report: Why Overlooking Denzel Valentine Could Prove To Be A Mistake

by Ray Kuhn

Four year players are a dying breed in the NCAA and to say that they often don’t get the proper respect come draft time would be an understatement. While Denzel Valentine certainly has the body of work that warrants being selected in the lottery, there is a legitimate possibility that it won’t happen.

Draft Express currently has him as the 12th ranked player, but he is going 20th in their mock draft (while being the second ranked senior). That is after the guard led Michigan State deep into the postseason, made vast strides throughout his years at the school and navigated the Spartans through a difficult Big-10 schedule.

One of the things that benefits Valentine is that true positional boundaries are beginning to decrease in importance. Measuring 6’6” and weighing in at 210 pounds, he is listed as a guard but doesn’t fit the conventional mold of what a shooting guard is. While he has shown the ability to make plays and score, one of the initial words that come to mind when thinking of him is not shooter. Read more

NBA Prospect Report: Is Syracuse’s Malachi Richardson A 1st Round Prospect?

by Ray Kuhn

Buzz… This is certainly the time of year for it as the NBA Draft is just a few weeks away. As the postseason winds down speculation on the draft will increase.

A new opportunity this season is that underclassman can test the draft waters and then return to college if they don’t like what they hear.  Entering this draft season that is what we expected would happen with Malachi Richardson. Instead, the freshman guard has decided to stay in the draft to the surprise of some.

At this point it is too early in the process to know whether Richardson is making the correct decision. All that we know is that he is going to be drafted. According to Draft Express Richardson is the 37th ranked prospect, but I would expect to see him be drafted in the first round.

After all, why else would he remain in the draft? Read more

2016 NBA Mock Draft v1.0: Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram Atop The Draft?

With the lottery taking place last week everything is all set and we are just about a month away from the draft taking place until the NBA Draft. With that in mind we will be picking it up on our draft coverage here at RotoProfessor. Now that we know the order we can transition from doing prospect rankings to mock drafts and trying to project how this draft might play out. Let’s take a side-by-side look at how the Rotoprofessor staff thinks things will play out on draft night: Read more

NBA Prospect Report: Could A.J. English Prove To Be A Draft Day Sleeper?

by Ray Kuhn

A.J English has a proven track record of success in college, though that is not pointing to a guaranteed spot in next month’s draft. He is a combo guard who likely spend the majority of his NBA career at point guard, but he also has the ability to slide over to shooting guard. That scenario is a little less plausible after he was measured at 6’3” at the NBA draft combine, following being listed at 6’4’’ while in college.

The guard was a four year contributor with Iona, but his career really took off after he averaged seven points per game in 22 minutes of play during his freshman year. Over the next three seasons English was Iona’s go to player, averaging between 35.9 and 37.4 minutes per game. He saw his scoring totals rise from 17.2 points per game in his sophomore season to 22.6 in his senior year, but his game is not without warts. Read more

NBA Prospect Report: Will The Diminutive Tyler Ulis Make An Impact In The NBA?

by Ray Kuhn

Let’s just get it out of the way at the beginning, Tyler Ulis is small. It’s not just basketball small, it’s life small. However even though he checks in at 5’9’ and weighs 160 pounds, Ulis plays a lot bigger than he measures. That is why the former Kentucky point guard is on the cusp of being a lottery selection in this June’s draft and at the very least will be a first round selection.

We know all about the roster turnover in the college game, and there are few schools where it is more of a revolving door than at Kentucky. While there were players with a larger profile and more fanfare playing for the Wildcats over the past two seasons, Ulis was the backbone of the team.  That is what sets him apart from the majority of the players who will be drafted. While he is also an underclassman, he is entering the draft after his sophomore season so you know what are getting with him. Read more

NCAA Tournament Prospect Primer: Midwest Bracket: Denzel Valentine & More

by Will Overton

One of the greatest sporting events of the year is the “March Madness” NCAA Tournament as there’s so much drama and intrigue packed into a single month. There are so a ton of different lenses to watch the tournament through and one of them is scouting for the next NBA stars.

We are going to prepare you for that viewing experience by breaking down each of the four regions and looking at the top prospects.  This way you know who you should be watching for this weekend as you sit on the couch and consume endless hours of basketball and snack foods.

Our final bracket to breakdown is the Midwest Region. We have a few guys who already potential lottery picks here, and also some fast risers coming up behind them: Read more

NCAA Tournament Prospect Primer: East Bracket: Kris Dunn, Jamal Murray & More

by Will Overton

One of the greatest sporting events of the year is the “March Madness” NCAA Tournament as there’s so much drama and intrigue packed into a single month. There are so a ton of different lenses to watch the tournament through and one of them is scouting for the next NBA stars.

We are going to prepare you for that viewing experience by breaking down each of the four regions and looking at the top prospects.  This way you know who you should be watching for this weekend as you sit on the couch and consume endless hours of basketball and snack foods.

We are now breaking down the East Region of the bracket and while a good chunk of these prospects come from just a couple of teams, there is still a wealth of NBA prospects: Read more