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Jarred Vanderbilt’s stock soaring after impressive Nike Hoop Summit; Scouts say Bamba to UK?

(Photo: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

(Photo: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

Jarred Vanderbilt had quite the weekend. The future Cat turned heads at the Nike Hoop Summit, finishing with 19 points (8-12), 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals in 19 minutes to lead Team USA to a 98-97 win over the World Team. That performance was so impressive that ESPN draft guru Chad Ford ranked Vanderbilt 10th on his 2018 NBA Draft prospects.

“Vanderbilt was the other surprise performer at the Hoop Summit. He was aggressive looking to score and to pass,” Ford said. “He’s a unique forward who can initiate the offense, score at the rim, rebound, block shots and provide a lot of energy. His jumper needs work, but if he gets that going, he could become a big-time draft prospect.”

That’s high praise for a player ranked 20th in the 2018 class by 247 Sports Composite. Ford also listed Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, and Nick Richards in his “Others to watch” category. Mohamed Bamba is fourth, and after heaping oodles of praise on the seven-footer, Ford said scouts believe he will be a Cat.

“As he adds strength and skill, he has the potential to be a dominant center in the NBA. He’s rawer than the three prospects ahead of him, but his ceiling is just as high. If he has a big year, he’ll be in the mix for the No. 1 pick.”

“For a college choice, he seems to be down to Kentucky, Duke and Michigan, with scouts tending to view Kentucky as his most likely pick. That would be great news for John Calipari, who already has a strong incoming class but lacks a player with true star potential.”

G-g-g-gotta land Bamba! But even if we don’t, it sounds like Vanderbilt’s a heck of a player.

[ESPN Insider]


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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7 Comments for Jarred Vanderbilt’s stock soaring after impressive Nike Hoop Summit; Scouts say Bamba to UK?

  1. runningunnin.454
    3:29 pm April 10, 2017 Permalink

    He was very disruptive on the point of the press, also.
    Athletic with a big motor.

    • JusSayin
      3:45 pm April 10, 2017 Permalink

      The motor to me was the most impressive part. MKG-esque

  2. Sentient Third Eye
    3:42 pm April 10, 2017 Permalink

    I’d say after that game, it’s no longer true the class lacks anyone with star potential. Vanderbilt has earned that status now. Bamba would still be “the man”, though, if he commits.

  3. JusSayin
    3:44 pm April 10, 2017 Permalink

    This is not as strong a HS class as last year’s… but from the All-Star games I have seen Vanderbilt is the best player in it.

  4. ColoradoCat3
    3:49 pm April 10, 2017 Permalink

    2/3 out of Baker, Johnson, and Knox
    1/3 out of Bam, Bamba, Humphries

    If that happens, we’ll be in good shape.

    • Bobbum Man
      4:21 pm April 10, 2017 Permalink

      Well I don’t know that he would take both baker and Johnson and I doubt we get Knox, but I would bet anything we get one of the two shooters. I’d say there’s a great chance for one of the three bigs as well, Bamba would be a game changer for sure but I would love to see bam and Richards together. Bam at the 4 where he needs to be with a guy like Richards who can run the floor at the 5

  5. nicky
    4:46 pm April 10, 2017 Permalink

    Nice write-up TT…Thanks!