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.
CALL-UPS CONTINUE; REPLACEMENTS RISE
Last week saw three of our top 12 Prospects -- No. 3 Chris Douglas-Roberts, No. 6 Hilton Armstrong and No. 12 James Johnson -- earn GATORADE Call-Ups. This week, a new pool of players, like Los Angeles guard Manny Harris, Santa Cruz center Dewayne Dedmon and Canton center Arinze Onuaku jump into the top 10 and have their sights set on an NBA look.
No. 8 MANNY HARRIS -- G -- LOS ANGELES D-FENDERS
Harris won't sneak up on anybody -- he has 80 NBA games under his belt and averaged 21.4 points in 17 NBA D-League games in 2011-12 -- but that didn't stop Harris announcing his presence by scoring 41 points versus Santa Cruz in his debut. Harris was traded to LA on December 7 and he figures to be a likely Call-Up candidate.
No. 1 PIERRE JACKSON -- DEC. 14 VS. FORT WAYNE
For the second week in a row, 5-foot-10 Pierre Jackson put up the week's biggest performance. On Dec. 14, the Baylor product scored 49 points -- exactly half of Idaho's entire team output -- while shooting 14-for-20 from the field (5-for-7 from 3-point range) in Idaho's 98-94 win over Fort Wayne. Over his last five games, Jackson is averaging 33.2 points a night.
SEEING IS BELIEVING
The way the Vipers had been lighting up scoreboards it would have been hard to believe RGV, previously winners of 19 straight regular season games, including a 9-0 start to this season, could be outscored. On Friday the 13th, that is exactly what Devin Ebanks (43 points) and the Texas Legend did. Check out the highlights from that game.
KNOCKING ON THE DOOR
CHARLIE WESTBROOK -- G -- SIOUX FALLS
After spending parts of the summer with Portland and Miami, the Heat seemingly wanted to continue to develop Westbrook, an explosive 2-guard out of South Dakota, so Sioux Falls (Miami's single affiliate) acquired him on Dec. 6. Westbrook increased his scoring total in each of his three games with the Skyforce, capped off by a 19-point (7-for-11 shooting), four-rebound night on Dec. 14 vs. Tulsa. He's someone to keep an eye on.