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2012 NBA Draft: Prospects 11-15

Published on July 15, 2011 by Scott Shirley   ·   3 Comments

It’s time to look at the top prospects for the 2012 NBA draft. Here are prospects 11-15.

2012 NBA Draft: Prospects 21-30

2012 NBA Draft: Prospects 16-20

11. John Henson PF North Carolina Jr. 6’10”– Henson made a smart decision to return for his junior season, as he will likely be a higher pick in the draft next year. Henson is the best-shot blocker in college basketball; he has very long arms and a long wingspan that help. Even when he doesn’t block shots, he alters a lot of them. He is also very mobile in the paint. Henson is a very effective rebounder on both ends of the court. He improved his offensive game last year especially around the basket, but it still needs work. He developed a pretty nice jump hook last year; he needs to work on his jump shot and making more free throws. At 210 pounds he really needs to add weight and get stronger.

12.Patric Young C Florida Soph. 6’9”- Young didn’t get to play that much as a freshman, because Florida had 3 senior forwards. This year Young will be the force in the middle of the Gator’s defense. Young is very athletic for his size, and he already has a NBA type body. He is a dominant rebounder and showing signs of a strong shot blocker. He finishes well around the rim with his strength; he also runs the floor well. Offensively he is still very raw; his game needs a lot of work. He needs to really work on his post moves, and work on a jump shot. His shooting mechanics could also use some work.

13. Marquis Teague PG Kentucky Fr. 6’2”- Yes, Kentucky gets another star freshman point guard. Teague has an older brother who played at Wake Forest and is now in the NBA. The first thing you noticed about Teague is his athleticism and quickness. Teague is an excellent ball handler, with the court vision that all elite point guards have. His quickness and ball handling skills let him beat his man 1 on and 1; this allows him to get to the rim or pull up for a jump shot. He needs to continue to work on his jump shot; it will improve with time. Sometimes he is too out of control, which causes him to turnover the ball. Lastly he needs to put more energy on the defensive end.

14. Tyler Zeller C North Carolina Sr. 7’0”– Zeller showed what a talent he is last season, when he was finally healthy. Zeller has a ton of offensive skill for being 7 foot tall. He runs the floor extremely well, and finishes in transition. He also has a nice jump shot, which he uses in his mid range game. He is money from the free throw line. Zeller can also finish around the rim. He has very good post moves especially the jump hook. Zeller is also a strong rebounder and can block shots. Zeller can be even better if he can add 5 to 10 pounds of muscle and get stronger. He should also try to improve his explosiveness.

15. Adonis Thomas SF Memphis Fr. 6’7” - Thomas decided to stay home and play for Memphis. What you will notice right away from watching Thomas is he is a very explosive athlete that can jump out of the gym. Thomas is a solid ball handler with great speed with the ball. Thomas already has a NBA type body. He can really finish at the rim with his strength. Thomas is a top lockout down defender; he might be best at this. His offensive game is still kind of raw. He needs to work on consistently making his jump shot, and he needs to work on his shooting mechanics. He needs to work on his mid range game, which he can excel at with time.


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