Brian Kotloff, NBADLeague.com
Once each week, NBADLeague.com will update the Prospect Watch presented by BBVA Compass, our list of the top 30 Prospects in the NBA D-League. Our rankings are a combination of upside and experience, potential and production. Only Call-Up eligible players will be ranked. The rankings are compiled by the editors at NBADLeague.com.
DUST SETTLES: TOP 30 FINALIZED WITH SEASON COMPLETE
After five months' worth of games and constant moving and shaking, 2013-14 season is in the books. A host of players boosted their stock in the NBA D-League this year, but the final rankings attempt to peg the 30 who are closest to an NBA Call-Up. Prospects who aren't signed by the April 19 deadline have set themselves up to get plenty of looks during Summer League, training camps and preseason.
No. 12 CRAIG SMITH -- F -- SIOUX FALLS SKYFORCE
If there's one player who can crash the playoff party, it's Smith, who got an eight-game tune-up after joining Sioux Falls in mid-March. The man nicknamed "The Rhino" has been a force down low everywhere he's gone, from seasons with three NBA teams to stints in Israel and China. He's dominated in limited minutes thus far (21.3 points per 36, 60% FG), but don't be surprised to see more lines like the 33 points on 12/14 he put up against Texas four days ago.
No. 7 SETH CURRY -- APRIL 4 VS. ERIE
With playoff positioning on the line, Curry torched the BayHawks for 33 points and 6 assists in less than 27 minutes. It was the type of game that showcased the potential that earned him two NBA Call-Ups this season -- and that Santa Cruz desperately needs with a daunting series against No. 2 seed L.A. looming.
SEEING IS BELIEVING
Rodney Williams isn't in our final Top 30 -- though he almost assuredly would be if he had stayed healthy this season -- but his dunk against the Armor on Friday was so nasty that we're breaking our own rules and giving him this spot. We're guessing a lot of people were left looking like Norvel Pelle (Sevens #15) after watching this one.
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CHARGE COACH STEVE HETZEL ON SHANE EDWARDS
"Shane's an energy player. When he's on the floor, he gives you everything he has. He gives you extra possessions with his offensive rebounding. He understands our defensive philosophy and scheme and is always in the proper spots -- one of the big reasons we've been a successful defensive team. He's not our leading rebounder or scorer, but he's our leading role player. I know how important he is to us."
KNOCKING ON THE DOOR
SADIEL ROJAS -- F -- FORT WAYNE
Though he may not have a true position at the next level, Rojas is, quite simply, a basketball player. He's the "dirty work" player that every winning team needs, and he may be the best of his kind considering the Mad Ants' league-best 34-16 record. "He makes our jaws drop nightly with his effort," said Fort Wayne coach Conner Henry. And just as importantly for his NBA stock, he's added the corner 3 as a weapon, hitting at a 42% clip this season, including 11/25 over his last 10 games.