Friday, September 27, 2013
#AskCoachB: College-ready prospects
By Paul Biancardi
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When you ask "college ready," I am going to combine that into hysical readiness, skills and an understanding of the game. Also, let's look outside the top 25 to gain a broader perspective.
Here are five who come to mind:
Abdul-Malik Abu (NC State) and Angel Delgado (Seton Hall) are physically ready as they own bodies that can withstand the contact of the game, especially in the painted area. Two outstanding rebounders, and that is a skill that translates well as a player moves up in levels. They keep their bodies in great shape, so the speed of the game shouldn't affect them while being battle-tested on a national level in the paint.
Utah commit Brekkott Chapman is a highly skilled small forward who combines his triple-threat game with an understanding of floor balance and spacing. He competes with poise and displays a savvy for functioning with teammates, which is vital for team chemistry.
Tyler Ulis, the future Kentucky point guard, might be small in size but he is large with toughness and skill. Ulis has a great understanding of his position and the skills to thrive right away.
Keep an eye on Leron Black, who is going to Illinois. He understands the meaning of hard work and will be ready when he steps on campus. He hardly ever disappears as he uses his grown man's body, a solid skill set and great hands to be creative and contribute right away in the painted area.