2007 Draft Prospects - Mike Conley, Jr.
Nobody helped his draft status more during the NCAA tournament than Conley. Once overshadowed by teammate Greg Oden, Conley emerged as a star during the tournament and led the Buckeyes to the title game. Conley is now considered the country's best point guard prospect.
Conley excels at protecting the basketball and running an offense. He is a pass-first, pure point guard who has a knack for getting teammates open looks. Conley excels in the open court and is very adept at breaking down defenses off the dribble. He is a smart player with great lateral quickness and quick hands that make him an excellent on-the-ball defender. Has the ability to make players around him better.
Conley appears mature enough with only one year of college experience to man the NBA's most difficult position. However, to keep defenses honest and open up opportunities to penetrate, Conley must become a more consistent shooter. He also has a tendency to defer to teammates too often (although he took over when necessary during the NCAA tournament) so he must remember to look for his own shots as well.
It's easy to forget about Conley in a draft loaded with so many big man prospects but he looks like the real deal. It takes years for some NBA points to develop the on-court maturity and basketball savvy Conley already possesses. Conley will be the first player under 6'8" off the board. He's a certain lottery pick and should get Top 5 pick consideration.
- Compiled by Matt Griffin. The opinions herein are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect those of the Boston Celtics.