I’ve seen the future – it’s more Wildcats with awards and getting paid to play basketball
With the help of the amazing Doc Brown and/or Sybil Trelawney, friends of the site (usually) Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish use their super-powers of prediction to make a 2012 mock draft. The ambiguously … cool … duo puts 4 Cats in the top 18 selections in the draft. Let’s see what they say about each one:
1. Anthony David – (Goodman) Obviously, Parrish must have been sleeping while Davis was blowing up last summer at Peach Jam. No disrespect to Barnes, whom I love as a player, but Davis’ ceiling is ridiculous. There’s not much he can’t do — and he’s just begun to scratch the surface. He is a big man with perimeter skills — but he can also get work done in the post — on both ends of the floor. You just can’t pass on a kid like this. But that’s exactly what you did, and now I’m headed out to celebrate because I’ve got the next NBA star.
7. Mike Gilchrist – (Parrish) I first met Gilchrist when he was 13, became fascinated with his talent and he’s never disappointed. Solid kid on and off the court who plays hard all the time despite the fact that he’s more physically gifted than almost everybody he plays against. Davis is the UK freshman with the most upside, no doubt. But Gilchrist should be great, too.
10. Terrence Jones – (Goodman) This means Kentucky will have three guys go in the Top 10, which also means the Wildcats will be pretty darn good. Jones will benefit from another year of college even though his numbers almost certainly will drop. I’d be shocked if he doesn’t go in the Top 10 next year.
18. Marquis Teague – (Goodman) Another Kentucky player coming off the board. I’m thinking of taking Jon Hood with the final pick of the first round, also. In all seriousness, Teague will quickly become one of the elite point guards in the country.
I can dig that. Gary Parrish also put together his early-early prediction for NCAA All-Americans next season, which is probably more interesting than the mock draft talk because I think we’re drafted out at this point. Let’s check this, too:
G: Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin)
G: Austin Rivers (Duke)
F: Harrison Barnes (North Carolina)
F: Anthony Davis (Kentucky)
F: Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
G: Tu Holloway (Xavier)
G: John Jenkins (Vanderbilt)
F: Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut)
F: Terrence Jones (Kentucky)
F: Perry Jones (Baylor)
This also sounds great for our young Wildcats. Anthony Davis will no doubt flourish next season. Terrence Jones’ willingness to work on what he needs to improve and also become a leader for Kentucky next season will play a huge role in whether he makes the post-season awards list. As we saw early last season, he can hang with the best in the country.
While discussing this on twitter, Goodman was trying to convince Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead that Davis could go number one overall in the draft, despite others going with Barnes. McIntyre had this silly comment to say back: “@GoodmanCBS i had him 2nd in my mock, i believe. wonder how many fights he’ll have in practice with T Jones over PT …” Let’s all agree that this is a foolish sentiment. McIntyre pointed out in his mock draft that he didn’t like Jones’ attitude (and I’m not going to disagree with that in a way, merely because of the frustration he caused us by doing the same thing over and over). But has there ever been an instance of Jones or Davis fighting or showing that kind of attitude? No. Plus, I think both guys will see the floor together at the same time a LOT next season.
One last random note: this guy did a mock draft as well… and I only mention this because 1) he also puts Anthony Davis at the first pick 2) he misspelled Terrence as “Terrance” and 3) he describes Gilchrist’s game as having “pizzazz“. Carry on.