Anthony Oliva, NBADLeague.com

Once each week, NBADLeague.com will update the Prospect Watch, our list of the top 30 Prospects in the NBA D-League. Our rankings are a combination of upside and experience, potential and production. The rankings are compiled by the editors at NBADLeague.com.



THE BUZZ

BIG PROSPECTS ARRIVE IN NBA D-LEAGUE

While Thanksgiving feasts may have left many turkey eaters growing in unwanted areas (see: your belt buckle), the NBA D-League experienced a welcomed kind of growth over the break: the addition of size. Three former NBA big men -- Hilton Armstrong, Tim Ohlbrecht and Arinze Onuaku -- all recently signed with teams and debuted in the top 15 of this week's Prospect Watch.



BIGGEST RISER

No. 3 HILTON ARMSTRONG -- F/C -- SANTA CRUZ WARRIORS

Hilton Armstrong, a veteran of 277 NBA games, debuts in the top 5 and it's not hard to see why. Known as a defensive stopper, Armstrong's efficient offensive game has actually led to him having the highest Offensive Rating of any player averaging at least 20 minutes a game this season. On the other end, he's also tied for fifth in the league in blocks (3.3).



TOP PERFORMANCE

No. 19 OTHYUS JEFFERS -- NOV. 30 VS. SIOUX FALLS

After leaping into the Prospect Watch last week, Jeffers continued his strong play this past weekend and was eventually named NBA D-League Player of the Week, in large part due to his 29-point, 16-rebound, five-assist outing against Sioux Falls. In that game, Jeffers shot 12-for-15 from the field.



SEEING IS BELIEVING

Rio Grande Valley has had the league's most explosive offense this season and Troy Daniels is a big reason for that. Emerging as the NBA D-League's most lethal deep-ball threat, the VCU product has already hit 27 3-pointers (in just four games) and easily leads the league in that category. Daniels' instant offense was on display when he nailed six 3-pointers in just nine minutes and 20 seconds of game action. Watch those buckets below.



PROSPECTS IN


Hilton Armstrong
Rank: 3

Arinze Onuaku
Rank: 12

Tim Ohlbrecht
Rank: 13

Richard Howell
Rank: 20


PROSPECTS OUT


Malcolm Thomas
Prev. Rank: 1

Jermaine Taylor
Prev. Rank: 15

Terrel Harris
Prev. Rank: 26

Sean Singletary
Prev. Rank: 28


KNOCKING ON THE DOOR

CHRIS BABB -- G -- MAINE RED CLAWS

With Jermaine Taylor out for the season with a torn ACL, Babb has a prime opportunity to raise his profile. In his most recent outing, he scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 40 minutes. And, for the year, his Net Rating (Offensive Rating - Defensive Rating) is among the league leaders.






Beyond the Prospect Watch Archive: Week 1