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Some Early Predictions for 2012 All-Americans and Draft


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.

Article written by Chris Thomas

17 Comments for Some Early Predictions for 2012 All-Americans and Draft

  1. Dalton
    11:26 am June 29, 2011 Permalink

    “1. Anthony David”
    His close cousin Anthony Davis is projected at #2 by them.

  2. Linebeard
    11:33 am June 29, 2011 Permalink

    Where is Peyton Siva????

  3. d1ja
    11:34 am June 29, 2011 Permalink

    1. He’s Larry David’s half black love child

  4. Yesterdays
    11:35 am June 29, 2011 Permalink

    Is there any doubt that Sullinger and Barnes will get every single award next year. Not sure why they are always talked about as being such great kids because they came back to school. Then the same people turn-around and say they were “surprised” that Tjones came back and that he has some issues of some sort. F them. I’ll take TJones over either of these kids. Miller and Gilchrist will domo Barnes next year and im not sure Sully can check Jones or Davis. He’ll have to guard one. And that other fat arse big ten recruit they have will have to guard the other.

  5. FattyMcButterpants
    11:37 am June 29, 2011 Permalink

    did someone say pizza?? oh nevermind. pizzazz. i can’t eat that.

  6. chad spalding
    11:43 am June 29, 2011 Permalink

    #4 Sullinger had a hard time holding his own against Jorts. What will he do with and improved t. jones and a. davis

  7. Jones Returns
    11:45 am June 29, 2011 Permalink

    so many terrence jones haters out there…i really just don’t get it. dude’s a beast and will be one of the best if not THE best players in college basketball this year. oh, and he was last year too. you guys are foolish. great attitude, great athleticism, perfect basketball body build, killer instinct mentality…what more can you ask for?? go watch another sport and analyze something else that you obviously know nothing about. i’ll be suprised if jones doesn’t go top 3 next year. can’t wait to see him in blue & white again.

    12:01 pm June 29, 2011 Permalink

    So many Kentucky haters out there! He is startn to realize how good we can be and is trying to do anything he can to mess that up. Guess UNC wont hav any playing time arguments, they all are good guys who just came back for a education…. And those great duke guys would never fight over playing time either, cause they are so great! That guy can suck it when were cutting down the nets!

    12:05 pm June 29, 2011 Permalink

    Did Jason McIntyre just die in a falling accident?

  10. NBA league pass
    12:32 pm June 29, 2011 Permalink

    7) I agree. I’d put Jones on my first team all american right now. Like Cal said, he’s coming back to “be the best player in the country”. We all saw what kind of player he can be (beginning of last year). I expect more of that this year.

  11. gob bluth
    12:42 pm June 29, 2011 Permalink

    people forget asshole terrence jones slapped gatorade out of a waterboys hands early in the season last year…dick move from a guy who has terrible body language at all times

  12. Marcus L. Owens
    12:55 pm June 29, 2011 Permalink

    Preseason All-Americans 2011-12
    PG – Kendall Marshall, UNC most valuable player just ask Harrison Barnes
    SG – John Jenkins, Pure shooter and leading scorer for Vandy team with Final Four aspirations
    SF – Harrison Barnes, Great size, great shot, best player on Preseason #2 team
    PF – Terrence Jones, Versatile lefty will play with a chip on his should this year
    C – Jared Sullinger, Wide body 20 and 10 guy for an OSU team that will be rated in the top 5

  13. ky boy
    12:57 pm June 29, 2011 Permalink

    Gilchrist’s will go no. 1 overall in the draft

  14. pleau
    1:19 pm June 29, 2011 Permalink

    also spelled it Ant DAVID not davis

  15. what
    2:22 pm June 29, 2011 Permalink

    Did Goodman really say “Im thinking of taking Jon Hood with the last pick of the first round”?

  16. Marcus L. Owens
    4:56 pm June 29, 2011 Permalink


  17. I only read this because...
    5:24 pm June 29, 2011 Permalink

    1) He misspelled Davis as “David.”