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.
NEW NO. 1; LATE ARRIVALS CRASH THE PARTY
Only an extraordinary effort could knock the unstoppable Pierre Jackson from the No. 1 spot, and scoring 129 points in three games certainly qualifies. Manny Harris' incredible stretch (43 ppg, 60% FG, 34/36 FT) pushes him just past Jackson on both the scoring leaderboard and Prospect Watch, while Dallas Lauderdale and Dominic McGuire have come on strong to grab onto the bottom end of the list. Two recent GATORADE Call-Ups from the Top 10 (James Nunnally and Dewayne Dedmon), plus injuries to former Top 15 candidates Arinze Onuaku and Grant Jerrett, leave plenty of room for movement.
No. 20 KEVIN MURPHY -- G -- IDAHO STAMPEDE
Murphy, who the Jazz picked in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft after he finished as the NCAA's 11th-leading scorer, became one of the league's most intriguing Prospects the second he joined the Stampede just in time for Showcase. He just needed to back up his sleeper potential with production, and he did that with three straight 20+-point games, including a 39-point eruption with teammate Pierre Jackson sidelined.
No. 1 MANNY HARRIS -- JAN. 10 VS. IDAHO
Facing NBADLeague.com's No. 1 Prospect in his home gym, Harris stated his case to be considered the league's premier scoring threat by pouring in a D-Fenders-franchise-record 49 points, tying who else but Pierre Jackson for the league-wide season high. He shot an astounding 18/26 from the floor in the nine-point win, which spawned his new nickname, "Michigan Mamba."
SEEING IS BELIEVING
The 2014 NBA D-League Showcase (Jan. 5-9) gave each of the Top 30 Prospects, as well as a flurry of NBA assignees and NBA D-League players on the fringe, a chance to put their talents on display in front of NBA scouts. No. 24 Gilbert Brown and No. 26 Justin Brownlee played their way onto the radar with impressive showings, while James Nunnally and Dewayne Dedmon have earned Call-Ups in the week since. Check out this all-access look at last week's action in Reno:
KNOCKING ON THE DOOR
VANDER BLUE -- G -- DELAWARE
It's always a good sign when the team a player spent Summer League or training camp with acquires him for its NBA D-League affiliate. The Sixers became yet another organization to use that strategy when the Sevens acquired Blue, a Philly training camp invitee. A slasher who averaged 14.8 ppg at Marquette last season, the 21-year-old could certainly make his way into the Top 30 on a Delaware team desperate for scoring punch.