Leading up to the draft, HoopsWorld has been breaking down the best prospects of the class position by position. Today’s edition was the centers, and Boogie is their top choice among the men in the middle. Here’s what the fine folks over at HW had to say about the big guy for whom the ceiling, in their opinion, is almost unlimited:
DeMarcus Cousins, 6’10, 292 lbs.: Cousins is, along with many of the centers in this draft, a boom or bust type of prospect. There is no doubt that he has the size, skills, and ability to be a starter and potentially an all-star in the NBA for a long time, but he also has some issues that surround him on and off of the basketball court. While he is more than capable as a defensive player, his commitment to playing defense has a tendency to waiver, and he lacks great lateral quickness. On top of that his motor isn’t exactly non-stop, particularly on the defensive end. That said, Cousins was highly productive in his one season at Kentucky, averaging 15.1 points, 9.8 rebounds (4.1 offensive) and 1.8 blocks per game while playing less than 24 minutes a night. Cousins does a tremendous job of getting to the free throw line (over seven FTA per game), getting opposing players in foul trouble and his team into the bonus, which shouldn’t be overlooked. Offensively, there isn’t a lot to dislike about his game. He isn’t super explosive, but he has soft hands, fantastic footwork, and shows the ability to establish and maintain solid post position. Cousins has a chance to be the best center drafted since Dwight Howard.
Daniel Orton also made the list, but his profile didn’t include anything about potentially being the best center drafted since Dwight Howard, so Boogie gets the box quote and you can follow the link to see what they said about Orton. Speaking of links, why don’t you let me whisk you away on a magical journey to the other position breakdowns from Hoops World…starting…now:
Top Lead Guards [Spoiler Alert – John Wall is written about in this link]
And just in case your draft whistle hasn’t been properly whet yet, take a look at this video from Wall’s workout with the Wizards yesterday.