Future NBA Stars Will be Facing Off in Tuscaloosa
The biggest game of the year so far just got even bigger. On Saturday, 32 NBA scouts will be coming to Tuscaloosa Ala., to watch the No. 7 Alabama Crimson Tide host the Kentucky Wildcats.
According to ESPN, four players playing in the Alabama-Kentucky game are first and second-rounders. The top player of the four is the Crimson Tide's star forward, Brandon Miller, who is projected to go in the top 10. In the first half of the season, Miller has a stat line of 19 points per game, 46% shooting, 8.6 rebounds per game, and two assists per game. His best game of the year was against a top-10 Gonzaga team where Miller scored 36 points and six rebounds.
The second-best prospect that is playing Saturday is Kentucky point guard Cason Wallace. The 6'4 freshman from Dallas, TX, is averaging 12.9 points per game on 50% shooting, 3.6 rebounds a game, and 3.9 assists per game. According to NBA Draft.net, Wallace's strengths as a prospect are his physicality, quick first step, and his ability to hit a shot from anywhere on the court.
Guards are not all the talk in this year's draft. Power forwards and centers will be flying off the board fast when teams start picking in June. One of these players will be Alabama's starting power forward, Noah Clowney. Clowney is not a 20-point power forward like Dirk Nowitzki, rather he is more like a Draymond Green, who does all the dirty work inside the paint. Clowney excels in his defense and rebounds. He was the key to Alabama upsetting the Houston Cougars who were then-No. 1 team. In a game on the road, Clowney had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds.
The final player to talk about is the reigning Wooden Award winner (NCAA Player of the Year), Kentucky center Oscar Tshiebwe. The 6'9 senior this year is averaging a double-double with 16.8 points per game and 13.8 rebounds per game. Every opponent of the Wildcats has to have a game plan to stop this guy which is the definition of a game-changer. Even though he is not a tall center, what scouts love about Tshiebwe is he makes up for it with his strength. No matter how tall the opponent is Tshiebwe can get into the paint and get tough buckets.