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Two Cats improve in CBS mock draft

The deadline to declare has passed, and that means NBA mock drafts across the board are becoming more firm in their projections. With the return of Marcus Smart at Oklahoma State, Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III at Michigan, and James Michael McAdoo at North Carolina, along with the somewhat surprising announcement to go pro from Miami’s Shane Larkin, CBS has nailed down its mock draft to only those certain in going pro.

And the two Cats projected to be drafted have both improved their stock. Nerlens Noel and Archie Goodwin moved up in the CBS rankings, with Goodwin just barely missing out on the lottery.

Noel moved up one spot from 2nd overall to the top of the list, replacing Ben McLemore out of Kansas. It’s unclear what made CBS flip-flop the two freshmen atop the board, but both have absurd potential.

1. Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky: He’s coming off the knee injury, but with modern technology the way it is, the 6-foot-10 big man will be back to full strength soon. He’ll give some team a game-changer on the defensive end with his ability to block and alter shots.

The one thing that will likely determine the first overall pick is which team wins the lottery. The Orlando Magic have the highest odds in the field, with a 25 percent chance at winning the first pick. The Magic already have a rising star in Nikola Vucevic down low, so drafting a center seems unlikely. They would be looking for guard help. The Charlotte Bobcats, however, have a 19.9 percent chance to win the top pick, and they would certainly look long and hard at drafting Noel.

Archie Goodwin improved four spots, up from 21st to 17th overall. CBS projected Goodwin to just miss out on the lottery and land with the Atlanta Hawks.

17. Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky: Looked lost at times this past season, but also had a difficult adjustment. Played without a point guard, and was even forced to having to run the team early in the season. Goodwin is athletic and can become a competent scorer in the NBA in due time.

The Hawks currently employ Devin Harris as its shooting guard, a guy who has been in the league for eight years and is averaging 9.9 points per game this season. Also on the depth chart at shooting guard for the Hawks is former Vanderbilt guard John Jenkins. Surely Goodwin can beat him out. Do it for Big Blue Nation?

Draft night is Thursday, June 27 and will air on ESPN.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

24 Comments for Two Cats improve in CBS mock draft

  1. RUPPS_rhetoric
    3:05 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    “… John Jenkins. Surely Goodwin can beat him out.” Not sure if I agree with that statement. While Archie may be a better penetrating guard, Jenkins can flat out shoot the ball. He’s a much much better jump shooter than Archie.

  2. archie doubters
    3:08 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    too bad this won’t shut up all the people who hate on archie, or predicted he wouldn’t get drafted, or would go in the 2nd round. all the people who don’t even watch or pay attention to the nba yet come on here and tell us why there is little to no chance he’ll succeed. stop being the psycho ex-girlfriend who feels jilted, its a bad look on the fan base.

  3. afasf
    3:08 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    1. But Archie does almost everything else better and has the potential to improve his shot. I think Archie with a real point guard will thrive.

  4. SexnNursinHomes
    3:11 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    Make’em eat they feets Archie!!!

  5. Michael F. Jox
    3:13 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    Jenkins has basically reached his ceiling already while Archie is nowhere near his. Unfortunately, his shots are usually also nowhere near the rim.

  6. Ryne
    3:23 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe Jenkins could help Goodwin with his shot… His shot doesn’t look that bad form wise. I think this may have just been a down year for his shot. I think Archie will be a steal in the draft. I see a lot of Westbrook in him.

  7. BravoBigBlue
    3:27 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    John Jenkins is a very good basketball player and proved himself at Vandy. He actually has a brain too. Archie was not a good fit for the Kentucky program and reminds me of some of the busts that Tubby brought in here. Good riddance.

  8. M
    3:32 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    #6) I see a lot of Jason Collins in him. Too soon?

  9. ridiculous expectations
    3:37 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    BravoBigBlue Says: And every player coming in at every other programs exceeds? Not a chance. Its the nature of sport. There are fewer “great players” at the college level than at the high school level. There are fewer “Great players” at the pro level than the college level. Was Archie as good as expected/advertised by recruiting services. No. Was he a “bust”? No way. “good riddance”? Thats a classy UK fan there! You represent us well. Guy was first in the gym and last to leave. Cal and his teammates said that all season. Did it pan out in games, nope. But why not leave the insults out of it until a player gets arrested or stops going to class (Orton).

  10. Ryne
    3:40 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    #8 lmfao… #7 Archie, Noel, Willie, and Polson were the only guys to lay it on the floor every night. He may not have met expectations of most people, but the kid has a big heart for the game. Wish him the best. Although a few times this year I did see some Joe Crawford in him.

  11. BravoBigBlue
    3:41 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    9 – Bite me. Archie has the lowest b-ball IQ I’ve ever seen at Kentucky. That’s a bust boy!

  12. Kiddekat
    3:42 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    I hate rumors and should not repeat them, but the father of a student at UK told me that Archie was extremely bad news at UK. He had no feelings for Kentucky or the coaching staff. He had two goals in mind and that was to average 15 to 20 points per game and not get injured. He had a terrible attitude problem that resulted in three confrontations (I was told “fights”) with different players: Harrow, Mays, and Poythress. He also had a serious run-in with two of the coaches. If ever there was a kid that needed to go straight to the pros, it was Archie. He had no business trying to attend college. I’m glad he is gone. Some of you may feel differently about him, but I think he is another Orton and UK has seen the last of him. Hope I’m wrong but time will tell. I wish no ill will on anyone. However, I get a little sick at my stomache to see him praised when I, like thousands of others, would have given anything for a chance to play for UK and Coach Cal.

  13. steve
    3:48 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    Competent in due time is not exactly a ringing endorsement

  14. White Mamba
    3:50 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    ” Played without a point guard,” So true. Harrow really destroyed this team at every position. Harrow was such a mess and I blame the whole year on him from start to finnish.

  15. vandy needs fans
    3:54 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    cause every other first year college player has a bball IQ through the roof. most freshmen are short on hoops IQ because they are long on talent. you sound like your from the 50s. the game has changed fella. If you want to keep comparing our incoming freshman to guys who played 3 full seasons at Vandy, you will be disappointed fairly often.

  16. Marty
    3:57 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    12 may be right, but I definitely agree with 15. I told my 18 year old son all year when he kept bashing these guys that he was looking at the world through the prism of the last 3 years. 10 years ago these guys would be just typical freshman.

  17. vandy needs fans
    4:03 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    White Mamba said: truer words were never spoken. Cal’s system is similar to the pros in that the offense revolves around a top-notch PG that can create for others. Not many set plays. Who knows…if Archie had played alongside Wall or Knight, it probably would have worked out much better for him. Maybe we’d be comparing him to bledsoe and not Joe Crawford. Wall > Knight > Teague > R.Bradley > Harrow

  18. George
    4:07 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    Devin Harris plays shooting guard merely because the Hawks don’t have any other options at SG since trading away Joe Johnson. He could definitely play for the Hawks.

  19. vandy needs fans
    4:15 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    well said Marty. I am fortunate in that I have two teams to root for. Lifelong fan of Syracuse (raised near Dome) and a UK Graduate. From a guy who has not missed either team play a televised game in 15+ years….Boeheim and Calipari are as far out on opposite sides of the spectrum as humanly possible. As soon as a younger player starts getting talked about as draft-worthy, Boeheim begins limiting the minutes and touches. Almost every 1 yr guy becomes a 2 yr guy. Every 2yr guy becomes a 3yr guy. So on and so forth. In any other system or with any other coach, Cal would have seen the writing on the wall with Archie’s subpar performance and limited his minutes while testing out different lineups (Hood gets a few more minutes, maybe try Harrow & Polson together for a few mins/game, etc). Archie’s warts would have been less obvious and he’d probably be a stud next year on his raw talent (combined with 1 year of experience). Instead, he got 32 mins/game, had enough tape to show the NBA he was Round 1 material, and wouldn’t have seen the court but for 15 minutes with next year’s ridiculous talent coming in. Might as well go to the League and get 2 years $ guaranteed and be a very well paid gym-rat, even if it is in Sioux Falls…

  20. just because
    4:19 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    Taking what that other guy had started:

    Wall > Rondo > Knight > Teague > R.Bradley > Hawkins > Harrow > Saul

    I just wanted a reason to put Saul Smith at the end of a long train!

  21. J in Orlando
    4:55 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    Orlando WILL take Nerlens with the #1 pick…

  22. mudcreekmark
    5:28 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    20) That’s what Jason Collins said.

  23. Tim Kathlina
    9:40 pm May 1, 2013 Permalink

    If this draft projection is correct, then Archie made a good decision to go. Wish you all the best Archie, good luck!

  24. UKBlue1!
    9:37 am May 2, 2013 Permalink

    #20 I give you another to add to the list

    Wall > Rondo > Knight > Teague > R.Bradley > Hawkins > Harrow > Saul> Porter

    #1 Archie Goodwin will have to play in the D league for a couple of years. If he doesn’t change his selfish play he will not make it in the NBA. He needs to work on his jump shot. I think he could have used another year or two in college but him leaving was good for UK. Having said that…Good Luck Archie.