NBA Draft 2006 | Prospect Previews | F - O
2006 NBA Draft Player Previews: Farmar - O'Bryant
As a sophomore forward at UConn, Rudy Gay averaged 15.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 2.1 apg.
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Jordan Farmar – 6’2”, 180
NBA Position: Point Guard | College: UCLA / Sophomore
NBA Comparison: Dan Dickau
Strengths: A true point guard with excellent vision and passing ability ... superb ball-handler … has a great feel for the game … also has the ability to elevate the level of play of his teammates ... extremely creative … anticipates well ... often sees plays before they develop … led the Pac 10 in assists (5.1) in 2005-06 … solid shooter with range ... able to get into the lane … has a nasty crossover and the savvy to pull up for shots when open ... plays solid team defense.
Randy Foye – 6’4”, 205
NBA Position: Point Guard | College: Villanova / Senior
NBA Comparison: Chauncey Billups
Strengths: Big East Player of the Year for 2005-06 … Wooden Award finalist … can score the basketball … tallied double-figure points 31 times (out of 33 games), and scored at least 20 points 21 times … a true leader … excellent one-on-one player ... uses change of direction to get defenders off balance ... terrific open court game … great speed and body control ... handles the ball effortlessly ... strong finisher capable of taking it to the rack in traffic ... strong … able to overpower most opponents ... picture-perfect release with high arc on shot ... outside touch has shown steady improvement each passing season ... more than capable of taking a game over during crunch time ... aggressive defender … a gambler … looks for steals on the ball and on passes ... a quality free-throw shooter.
Mike Gansey – 6’4”, 205
NBA Position: Shooting Guard | College: West Virginia / Senior
Comparison: Jeff Hornacek
Strengths: Has great knowledge and understanding of the game ... Mr. Intangibles—does all the little things to help his team win ... extremely competitive … scrappy—hustles for every loose ball … passion and energy often prove contagious ... extremely effective offensive player ... tremendous shooter … one of the top three-point shooters in the country ... quick release … sound defender … doesn’t gamble on defense ... deceptive athlete … clever at creating space for shots and getting open ... poised under pressure … a little older than most players in Draft … turns 24 in late December … could prove to be a great sleeper pick.
Rudy Gay – 6’8”, 220
NBA Position: Shooting Guard / Small Forward | College: Connecticut / Sophomore
NBA Comparison: Scottie Pippen
Strengths: A player with tremendous potential … a run-and-jump athlete who finishes strong above the rim ... high-flyer ... very versatile athlete ... seems to do everything well ... jam-packed offensive arsenal ... can consistently hit the mid-range jumper ... also impressive at slashing to the hoop ... unselfish passer ... does the majority of his damage in the post ... stays active throughout the game ... tough to defend ... doesn’t usually get pushed around ... runs the floor extremely well ... will hit the boards, too … fiery competitor ... works harder than most … a coach’s dream … will most likely play on the wing at the next level.
Adam Morrison was unstoppable at Gonzaga this past season, averaging 28.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 1.8 apg as a junior.
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Daniel Gibson – 6’2”, 190
NBA Position: Point Guard | College: Texas / Sophomore
NBA Comparison: Troy Hudson
Strengths: Point Guard with advanced scoring skills ... scores within the flow of the game … does a good job of setting the table for teammates ... combines quickness and athleticism with competitive spirit and drive ... terrific court vision and reaction speed in finding open teammates ... solid understanding of the game … can knock down the three … set school record for single-season three’s (101) in 2006 … excels in the open court and looks to push the ball ... he is not the passer or floor general that T.J. Ford was, but has better size and much better shooting ability.
Aaron Gray – 7’0”, 270
NBA Position: Center | College: Pittsburgh / Junior
NBA Comparison: Greg Ostertag
Strengths: Late bloomer who showed remarkable growth during his junior season ... voted Big East’s Most Improved Player for the 2005-06 season … has tremendous size and strength ... best part of his game is rebounding ... also has above-average passing ability ... has developed some effective moves in near the basket ... solid fundamentals and has good mechanics shooting the ball ... an average free-throw shooter, but has shown steady improvement ... uses his body well to create shots … good toughness ... plays to his strengths—rebounding and scoring on put-backs ... Gray has since withdrawn from consideration for NBA Draft 2006.
Marco Killingsworth – 6’7”, 268
NBA Position: Power Forward | College: Indiana / Senior
NBA Comparison: Kenny Thomas
Strengths: Very strong inside player … wily at getting shots off against bigger players ... lefty with soft touch inside, especially with contact ... solid shooter with range out to college three ... understands how to position himself for shots and rebounds—footwork is second nature ... topped Hoosiers in scoring (17.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg) in leading Indiana to the second-round of NCAA Tournament in 2005-06 … also ranked among Big Ten leaders in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage.
Kyle Lowry – 6’0”, 185
NBA Position: Point Guard | College: Villanova / Sophomore
NBA Comparison: Jason Terry meets Mark Price
Strengths: Great motor—can get to anywhere on the floor whenever he wants ... has tremendous heart and passion for the game … impressive rebounder for a 6-footer (4.3 rpg) … tenacious, lock-down defender … extremely quick hands and feet … incredibly disruptive on the defensive end ... never takes plays off … a natural floor general with the ability to find open teammates … plays bigger than actual size—a very physical player … use strength to overpower guards on both ends of the floor.
Paul Milsap – 6’7”, 245
NBA Position: Power Forward | College: Louisiana Tech / Junior
NBA Comparison: Charles Oakley
Strengths: Tremendous rebounder … first player in NCAA history to lead the nation in rebounding three straight seasons … averaged 13.3 rebounds this past season … grabbed team-record 28 rebounds vs. San Jose State on February 15 … long arms and tremendous strength and leaping ability allow him to play bigger than his actual size ... crashes the boards extremely hard—especially on the offensive end ... has a knack for anticipating boards—great reflexes ... inside offensive skills inside are solid … has a decent mid-range jumper out to 12 feet ... runs the floor well … can get out in transition ... Explosive leaper ... strong defender—holds position well—doesn't bite on fakes.
Patrick O’Bryant came on strong during his sophomore year at Bradley, posting averages of 13.4 ppg and 8.3 rpg.
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Adam Morrison – 6’8”, 220
NBA Position: Small Forward | College: Gonzaga / Junior
NBA Comparison: Larry Bird
Strengths: A special talent ... plays with an “old school” mentality ... terrific catch-and-shoot player … extremely competitive ... will not back down … wants to take the big shot … excels with the ball in his hands at the top of the key … effortless shooting stroke … sees the floor well and can be creative in helping teammates get open looks … terrific half-court player ... has vast understanding of the game ... fantastic intangibles.
Steve Novak – 6’10”, 225
NBA Position: Small Forward | College: Marquette / Senior
NBA Comparison: Kyle Korver
Strengths: One of the purest shooters around ... effortless release on shot ... has a lifetime free-throw and 3-point shooting percentage higher than Duke’s J.J. Redick ... range extends easily out to NBA 3 ... a player that cannot be left open ... only missed 18 free throws over entire college career ... could fit a role as a specialty shooter on the next level ... very crafty ... highly competitive—good decision maker ... has plenty of size and length, which helps him get off shots ... steps up in big games … scored 41 against UConn to lead Marquette to upset victory ... game showed steady improvement each year … with added strength, could become a better than respectable rebounder.
Patrick O’Bryant – 7’0”, 250
NBA Position: Center | College: Bradley / Sophomore
NBA Comparison: Brad Daugherty
Strengths: Big man with excellent upside ... turns 20 years old a week before NBA Draft … still growing into his body … huge frame with extremely long arms (close to 7’6” wingspan) ... hard worker … not afraid of contact … will work to establish position under the basket … however, needs to continue to improve overall strength … may need to add 20 pounds of muscle in order to survive long-term at the next level … runs the court and moves well in traffic—quick at getting into transition ... solid shot-blocker … good rebounder ... has soft touch on shot … also has a respectable turnaround jump-hook … solid free-throw shooter ... has developed a nice array of post moves ... soft hands on rebounds.
Player profiles written by Anthony Hyde and Brett Ballantini.