Anthony Oliva & Brian Kotloff, 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.
STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM
Most of the Top 10 held steady, with Pierre Jackson and Manny Harris' explosive scoring sprees highlighting a star-powered week. The action this time came at the tail end of the rankings, where Dennis Horner, Jamario Moon and Trey McKinney Jones have played there way onto the Prospect Watch with hot stretches during the holiday season.
No. 15 JUSTIN HAMILTON -- F -- SIOUX FALLS SKYFORCE
In today's game, big men who can stretch the floor like Hamilton -- who's shooting 47% from deep, 54% from mid-range and 75% from the line -- are coveted commodities. Big men who can play that role and still grab 8.9 rebounds and block 1.8 shots per game are even rarer. That brings Hamilton into the Top 15 after scoring 58 points on 64% shooting in his last two games.
No. 2 PIERRE JACKSON -- DEC. 27 VS. TEXAS
Jackson, a scoring outburst waiting to happen, is already becoming a regular here. This time, it's for carrying the Stampede to a 129-126 double-overtime win with his third 40-point outing of the season. Incredibly for a 5-11 guard, he's shot a combined 44/71 (62%) in those games, including 15 of 26 on Friday while knocking down 6 of 12 from three and scoring the key points in the final 20 seconds of the fourth quarter and second OT.
SEEING IS BELIEVING
Sioux Falls is off to a tremendous start and it is in large part due to the all-around play of DeAndre Liggins, who was recently named Performer of the Week, and Justin Hamilton, who has steadily been climbing the Prospect Watch. Check out the Skyforce duo connect on this sweet dish and dunk versus Iowa:
T. McKinney Jones
KNOCKING ON THE DOOR
MARIO LITTLE -- G -- TULSA
Little's transformation from slasher at Kansas to long-range sniper this season has been remarkable. This is a player who made 17 threes in 70 games between his two years in college and rookie year in the NBA D-League -- and has now made 39 of 91 (43%) in his first 14 games this season. After he poured in 45 more points in two solid showings over the weekend, there's no question that Little is one of the league's best shooters.