In the latest edition of Sports Illustrated, four NBA executives sat down with the magazine to evaluate the NBA potential of Kentucky’s top four pro prospects: Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley-Stein.
Below you’ll find one scout’s assessment for each Cat and there’s a link at the bottom that’ll take you to the rest. Enjoy…
Western Conference GM: “Noel impacts the game so much from the defensive end of the floor. He’s more skilled than people realize. His thing right now is consistency. The other thing that is impressive is he seems to embrace what it is that he does versus trying to prove what he can do outside of his box. You don’t see that from a lot of young guys.”
Western Conference executive: “He’s a beast. He has a good body and I think he will eventually play outside and shoot the three. He’s a definite first-round pick and he should rise on most people’s boards quickly. He has a tendency to try to make too many plays, but he will get better with coaching.”
Western Conference executive: “Archie is a freak athlete. The issue is he plays too wild. He can’t play the point guard in our league because he looks to score every time. He needs to learn to play off the ball as a 2 more. There are too many times that I watch him and he is a little out of control.”
Western Conference executive: “I see him as a fourth big in the NBA. You have to watch him closely because he is not ready yet. He needs a lot of work. But he will probably come out. He is limited offensively. Right now he is a rebounder who alters shots, blocks shots. He is decent out of the post but he doesn’t look like he has a good feel for playing there. And I didn’t see any moves from him that stood out.”