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.



THE BUZZ

EIGHT MEN OUT; NBA TALENT STORMS IN

As the NBA braces for the trade deadline, the Prospect Watch has been infused with big-league talent. Four of the six post-Showcase Call-Ups have rejoined the fray -- including the unstoppable Manny Harris, who's reclaimed his No. 2 spot -- while two regulars in Arinze Onuaku and Grant Jerrett have come back from injury on a mission. With all of the additions clearly on the NBA radar, the Top 30 bar has been raised, squeezing out seven hopefuls who'd emerged over the past month, plus one Call-Up in Shawne Williams.



BIGGEST RISER

No. 3 TYSHAWN TAYLOR -- G -- MAINE RED CLAWS

After two seasons with the Brooklyn Nets, Taylor is now ripe for the taking as a ready-made potential backup point guard. There's a lot to like about him -- mainly his length, defensive energy and elite quickness -- but first he needs to rediscover his offensive game in Maine. Last year he put up 24.6 points and 7.5 assists in eight games with Springfield, so a minor-league confidence-booster could be just what he needs to get going.



TOP PERFORMANCE

No. 2 MANNY HARRIS -- FEB. 8 VS. LOS ANGELES

The "Michigan Mamba" couldn't have announced his return any more loudly: 56 points, 20/39 shooting, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. That's the type of line that happens when one player is simply better than everyone else on the court. It's also the type of line that shows NBA teams that Harris belongs at the next level and will destroy the minor league until he gets back there.



SEEING IS BELIEVING

Allow Chris Wright to reintroduce himself. During another prime-time NBA D-League matchup on Monday, Wright reminded the CBS Sports Network audience just how athletic he is with three monster dunks and a block snatched from mid-air in the first half alone. It's been a grind for the 25-year-old, who's done everything he possibly can to earn another elusive Call-Up, but he produces made-for-TV (or YouTube) highlights no matter where he plays.



PROSPECTS IN


Manny Harris
Rank: 2

Tyshawn Taylor
Rank: 3

Vander Blue
Rank: 7

James Nunnally
Rank: 8

Othyus Jeffers
Rank: 15

Arinze Onuaku
Rank: 20

Grant Jerrett
Rank: 26

Tiny Gallon
Rank: 27


PROSPECTS OUT


Shawne Williams
Rank: 7

Fab Melo
Rank: 17

Josh Howard
Rank: 21

Gilbert Brown
Rank: 24

Tre Kelley
Rank: 26

Justin Brownlee
Rank: 27

Willie Reed
Rank: 28

Melvin Ely
Rank: 30


KNOCKING ON THE DOOR

ADONIS THOMAS -- F -- SPRINGFIELD

Even before his recent surge -- 27.3 points (51/44/83%), 7.8 rebounds over his last four games -- Thomas could check off every box on the "Potential NBA Sleeper" resume: Former blue-chip high school recruit; struggled in college; still young (20); has NBA-level physical tools; producing with increased opportunity. He slipped through the cracks because of his slow progress offensively, but now that he's hitting shots from all over the court, he really does look like a late-blooming NBA small forward.






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