Hornets mock draft updates, part 2

Thursday, June 10, 2010
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

Exactly two weeks before the June 24 draft, Hornets.com scoured the Internet to see what other websites are projecting New Orleans to do with its first-round pick (the Hornets have the No. 11 overall choice in the 2010 draft, but do not have a second-round selection).
All quotes are provided by the respective websites. Here are the players each website is projecting the Hornets to select with the 11th pick:

ESPN.com: Cole Aldrich, center, Kansas
“The Hornets have a new head coach and job No. 1 is now turning toward filling a pretty large hole in the middle. The Hornets have Emeka Okafor and not much else. Their choices here are Aldrich, Daniel Orton and Hassan Whiteside. While Orton and Whiteside have more upside, Aldrich is, by far, the most NBA-ready of the group and could become a Joel Przybilla-like player in the middle. Considering that Aldrich could go as high as No. 5, he's a bargain at No. 11.”

NBC Sports: Luke Babbitt, forward, Nevada
“Babbitt is a lefty with an eagle eye from the free-throw line and beyond the arc. The Hornets could use a shooter with Peja Stojakovic usually hurting, and Babbitt’s stock is on the rise. No. 11 might be too early for Babbitt, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Hornets gamble on him. Defense is the big question mark on Babbitt, and there is a concern that he could be the next Adam Morrison. We’ll see.”

SLAM: Gordon Hayward, forward, Butler
“His size, basketball skills, and athleticism make him the perfect complementary player to Chris Paul and David West. He doesn’t have to come in and try to be a star, he just needs to come in and do his job. One of his primary responsibilities will be to knock down the open jumpers when they come.”

Sporting News: Ed Davis, PF, North Carolina
“The Hornets have no depth up front. Davis is very athletic and can provide shot-blocking and rebounding.”

Yahoo! Sports: Ekpe Udoh, forward/center, Baylor
“Udoh is full of colorful factoids. His given name, Ekpedeme, translates to ‘lion.’ His nickname is ‘The Nightmare,’ and he wore No. 13 at Baylor because his actual middle name is Friday. Udoh is of Nigerian descent but grew up in Oklahoma before starting his college career at Michigan. His 3.7 blocks per game could help any team, especially the Hornets.

Bleacher Report: Ed Davis, power forward, North Carolina
“The Hornets were dead last in the NBA in blocks per game – and therefore could use a man down low to wreak some havoc. The 6’10” Davis was a high-energy guy at North Carolina and has both great rebounding and shot blocking skills.”