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2007 NBA Draft Player Previews: Singletary - Young
Bulls Draft Central | Draft Prospect Profiles: A - F | G - R | S - Z

Brandan Wright Brandan Wright broke the ACC single-season freshman record with a 64.6 shooting percentage from the field for the Tar Heels.
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Sean Singletary – 6’0”, 175

NBA Position: Point Guard
College: Virginia / Junior
NBA Comparison: Tyus Edney and Earl Boykins

A gutsy floor general with a solid offensive package and cat-like quickness … a prolific scorer with the ability to shoot from the perimeter as well as get by his man … when he gets hot, he can go on big scoring bursts … is very aggressive attacking the basket and gets to the line a great deal … is an excellent free-throw shooter … has good command of the point guard position with solid ball-handling and passing ability … a strong leader with a willingness to take over during crunch time … a quality defender on the college level with quick hands and feet and a high level of intensity … has a good in-between game and knows how to pull up from 8-10 feet for jump shots or tear drops … is a solid 3-point shooter … tough-minded team player who battled through pain during his sophomore season … on June 19, the NBA announced Singletary withdrew his name from the draft.

Jason Smith – 7’0”, 235

NBA Position: Power Forward
College: Colorado State / Junior
NBA Comparisons: Troy Murphy

A sleeper pick … a skilled big man who can score both inside and out … a very good athlete … works hard to get open … does a good job of creating contact and getting to the free-throw line … is capable of running the floor … is a decent shot blocker … is also a much improved rebounder … a good perimeter shooter who has shown some 3-point range … looks to have the tools to be a solid pro … probably a mid-to-late first-round pick.

Tiago Splitter – 7’0”, 240

NBA Position: Forward / Center
International Team: Tau Vitoria / Spain
NBA Comparisons: P.J. Brown

A talented, athletic big man with soft hands … a solid defender—uses his long frame and strength to play great man-to-man defense … is very experienced—moved to Spain (from Brazil) when he was 15 years old and immediately started playing pro ball … has spent the past 4 seasons in Vitoria, competing in the ultra-competitive Euroleague and ACB (Spain) leagues … has terrific hands—catches all sorts of passes and looks to attack … is a solid passer for a big man … can outrun most post players to get easy fast- break points … also very good at running the pick and roll … really stepped up his game during the Euroleague quarterfinals, helping his team make it to the Final Four … still needs improve on back to the basket moves—is more comfortable facing up … isn’t skinny but will need to get bigger to thrive in the NBA … not a big scorer in European competition, but while playing with the Brazilian National Team has displayed a knack for putting points on the board … contract situation bears watching—is under contract for one more season, and both parties have talked in the past about honoring the full length of the deal … is an interesting NBA prospect … athleticism, size and experience should make him a solid NBA player; however, a buyout from his Spanish league team would have to take place if he is to appear before 2008-09.

Rodney Stuckey – 6’4”, 205

NBA Position: Guard
College: Eastern Washington / Sophomore
NBA Comparison: Randy Foye

A big-time scorer with tremendous strength … can play both guard positions, with solid ball-handling and passing abilities … is very good at driving to the basket and finishing … has a solid mid-range game with a good pull-up shot off the dribble … shows the knack to create offense even with opposing defenses key on him … is a solid 3-point shooter … has the ability to lock down opponents … a terrific athlete … at his best off the dribble and is an excellent finisher around the basket … gets to the line frequently, averaging more than eight free throws a game … a bit streaky, but does have NBA 3-point range … considered a serious sleeper by some NBA scouts who think he has legit mid-to-late first-round potential.

Julian Wright Julian Wright leaves the Jayhawks after averaging 12.0 ppg and 7.8 rpg as a sophomore.
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Al Thornton – 6’7”, 210

NBA Position: Forward
College: Florida State / Senior
NBA Comparisons: Corey Maggette, Shawn Marion and Al Harrington

A super-athletic forward … plays with tremendous intensity … a fabulous finisher on the break … excellent perimeter defender who can bust out for big games … very strong … a true inside/outside threat—can post up smaller men or take bigger guys out on the perimeter … has long arms … owns a good face-up jumper … shooting range extends to behind the 3-point line … is terrific leaper—explosive … has shown some shot-blocking ability … rebounding and 3-point touch have also improved a great deal the past couple of years … converts with ease around the hoop … a couple of big games against Florida and North Carolina brought plenty of buzz … looking more and more like a late lottery pick.

Ante Tomic – 7’2”, 240

NBA Position: Center
International Team: KK Zagreb / Croatia
NBA Comparison: Pau Gasol

A highly skilled big man … used to play point guard as a kid … excellent ball-handling and passing ability … nice mid-range jumper … has good footwork around basket and a variety of low-post moves … is a good athlete … body still needs to fill out—must add bulk to survive long-term in the NBA … has rare combination of size, skill and athletic ability … starting to live up to his potential … probably a couple of years away from being a really productive NBA player … a big-time prospect worthy of a late first- or early second-round pick.

Alando Tucker – 6’5”, 205

NBA Position: Guard / Forward
College: Wisconsin / Senior
NBA Comparison: Trenton Hassell and Josh Howard

A “power wing” … possesses an NBA ready body that is strong enough to absorb contact and finish at the rim … is an explosive leaper … has solid back-to-the-basket skills … has a nice turnaround jumper … also capable of knocking down a 3-pointer … can get shots off in traffic … is a hard-nosed player … not afraid of physical play … will not back down … also very unselfish … looks to set up teammates … has all the tools to be a quality defender: quickness, good hands, long arms and intelligence … is a crafty scorer who uses a number of fakes … also a solid rebounder for his size … he’s very coachable … has a strong work ethic … is terrific at drawing fouls … emerging as a player who understands how to effectively move without the ball … probably a first-round bubble player, but many teams are intrigued with his upside.

Kyle Visser – 6’11”, 245

NBA Position: Center
College: Wake Forest / Senior
NBA Comparison: Jack Sikma

A late bloomer … has a great understanding of the game, especially down in the post … a true, four-year collegian … solid athlete with good quickness and mobility … added close to 15 pounds between his junior and senior seasons, giving him added strength to make an impact down in the paint … has a great motor—constantly works to get open … is a terrific rebounder … understands angles, body positioning and most importantly has a nose for the ball … plays with tremendous intensity and aggressiveness—wants to win … back-to-the-basket skills are improving by leaps and bounds … has a solid “up-and-under” move and turnaround hook … shows terrific footwork in the post … not afraid of contact—both giving and receiving … owns a pair of soft hands … shows a nice touch around the basket … has strong fundamentals … is heady and crafty … perceived as a player with a good deal of potential.

Yi Jianlian Yi Jianlian averaged 24.9 ppg, 11.5 rpg and 1.8 bpg in the CBA for Guandong this season.
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Marcus Williams – 6’7”, 210

NBA Position: Guard
College: Arizona / Sophomore
NBA Comparison: Steve Smith

Long and smooth (7’0” wingspan) … a versatile player who creates mismatches in the backcourt … versatility should allow him to play both shooting guard and small forward in the NBA … is an outstanding ball-handler who often uses an impressive crossover move to get past defenders … moves well without the ball … is a respectable finisher around the basket … possesses great court awareness and understands how to utilize his skills to attack … excels at taking one or two dribbles and pulling up from mid-range … is a talented passer who sees the floor well … has 3-point range on jumper … also has a scorer’s mentality … can put points on the board in a hurry … capable of posting up against smaller defenders … does a good job of drawing contact and getting to the free-throw line … one-on-one defense is solid ... needs to add strength to survive long-term at the next level ... looking like a mid-to-late first-round pick.

Sean Williams – 6’10, 240

NBA Position: Power Forward
College: Boston College / Junior
NBA Comparison: Marcus Camby

Big-time prospect … athletically, has few peers … incredible leaper, explosive quickness … is an extremely mobile player who runs the court with ease and has no problems getting out on the break … has all the tools to excel—long wingspan, quick hands, timing and the ability to produce multiple jumps in succession … offense has improved by adding a jump-hook and respectable turnaround jumper … possesses a real mean streak … loves to attack opposing players who challenge him in the paint … excellent lateral quickness enables him to be a tremendous help-defender … has a good deal of potential ... a legit 6-foot-10 with great length and athleticism … arguably, THE best shot blocker in the country … was having an impressive season before being dismissed from the team in January for off-court disciplinary reasons … will need to clear up character issues ... if successful, could be a steal as a mid-to-late first-round pick.

Brandan Wright – 6’10”, 210

NBA Position: Forward
College: North Carolina / Freshman
NBA Comparisons: LaMarcus Aldridge, Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince

Another excessively long (7’4” wingspan), athletic big man … has a tremendous amount of potential … lefty … has outstanding hands … and excellent instincts … is a terrific shot-blocker … owns an impressive jump-hook with either hand … does a good job of establishing position down in the post … runs the floor well and knows how to get to the rim … will finish with flair … always a threat for a lob … quick and explosive … moves well without the ball … recognizes double-teams and is a capable passer out of the post … an excellent help-defender … will need to become stronger by adding bulk to skinny frame, but could potentially develop into an NBA All-Star … should be guaranteed a Top-10 pick.

Julian Wright – 6’8”, 215

NBA Position: Forward
College: Kansas / Sophomore
NBA Comparisons: Luol Deng and Grant Hill

A great athlete with long arms … is a terrific finisher on the break … length allows him to play big … plays with tremendous energy … a terrific defender and excellent passer … very unselfish … looks to get teammates involved … shows tremendous poise—rarely forces the issue, let’s game come to him … has quick first step that allows him to separate from defenders … looks to have the ability to be a “point forward” in the pros … runs the floor very well … is a solid rebounder … has a nose for the ball … may be the most versatile player in the Draft … can guard and play four positions ... however, needs to develop a more consistent jumper … look for him to be a Top-10 pick and quite possibly could go as high as No. 3.

Nick Young Nick Young posted career averages of 15.5 ppg and 5.1 rpg in three seasons at USC.
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Yi Jianlian – 7’0”, 230

NBA Position: Forward
International Team: Guandong Tigers - China
NBA Comparisons: Pau Gasol and Toni Kukoc

A highly-skilled, athletic forward … long arms and big hands allow him to play even bigger than he actually is … an excellent shooter and ball handler … has the ability to stretch a defense thanks to an impressive outside touch … is also capable of taking his man off the dribble … exciting finisher around the basket … excels in the open court … is fundamentally sound … also an outstanding free-throw shooter … good basketball IQ … a hard worker … not a great back-to-the-basket player, but has a consistent turnaround jumper … will need to add strength to have productive, long-term NBA life … not a great rebounder or shot blocker … but a solid help-defender … is probably the best international prospect in the Draft … has a lot of playing experience in international competitions and at the highest level in China … given his upside and size, he’s a lock for the Top-10.

Nick Young – 6’6”, 200

NBA Position: Guard
College: USC / Junior
NBA Comparisons: Jamal Crawford

A smooth, scoring shooting guard who does a little bit of everything … is very creative … a good athlete with long arms … is explosive … skilled in just about every area of the game … can be a real force when playing the passing lanes … long arms and quick hands get him a lot of steals … fundamentally sound … classic form on jumper—both the long and mid-range … a true 3-point threat … good rebounder for a guard … game seems to come easy … however, will need to hit the weight room in order to survive at the next level … played well for the Trojans this past season, moving him solidly into the first-round.

Thaddeus Young – 6’8”, 210

NBA Position: Forward
College: Georgia Tech / Freshman
NBA Comparisons: Al Harrington

A big-time prospect … a long forward who is almost impossible to stop in the open court … another lefty … is unusually quick for his size … can take his guy off the dribble and guard just about everyone but centers … super long arms means he plays bigger than he looks … is an outstanding passer … perimeter game is still developing, but it’s not bad … a very hard worker … smart … no true position—scouts see him as a bit of tweener … needs to continue adding strength, which should come in time since he’s only 19 years old … had a solid freshman season at Georgia Tech … a likely late lottery to mid-first-round selection.

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Player previews written by Anthony Hyde