2008 Top Players

reggie-williams-1.jpg 2008 Top Players - The Draft Review
  • Name: Reggie Williams
  • Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward
  • Height: 6-6 (1.98m)
  • Weight: 195 (88kg)
  • College Team: VMI Keydets
  • Nationality: American
  • Birthplace: Prince George, Virginia
  • Birthdate: 9/14/1986
  • Drafted: Automatically eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft but was not selected by an NBA franchise ...
nba 2008 Top Players - The Draft Review

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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2004-05 VMI

27

43.1

28.0

79.6

1.4

0.2

4.7

2.5

15.5

2005-06 VMI

27

46.2

31.7

75.0

1.0

0.1

7.0

2.5

19.0

2006-07 VMI

33

53.1

31.9

65.9

1.7

0.3

8.0

4.4

28.1

2007-08 VMI

25

52.8

27.9

67.1

2.2

0.7

9.7

3.9

27.8

DIV I Totals

112

49.0

30.0

71.7

1.6

0.3

7.3

3.4

22.8

 

drew-neitzel-1.jpg 2008 Top Players - The Draft Review
  • Name: Drew Neitzel
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height: 6-0 (1.83m)
  • Weight: 180 (82kg)
  • College Team: Michigan State Spartans
  • Nationality: American
  • Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Birthdate: 5/7/1985
  • Drafted: Automatically eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft but was not selected by an NBA franchise.
nba 2008 Top Players - The Draft Review

Strengths: Fundamentally, there is little that Neitzel does not do by the book … Does an excellent job of moving around without the ball in his hands … Has a tremendous grasp on using screens to create space for catch and shoot opportunities … Neitzel's quick release enables him to convert shots with little time needed to set-up … Makes excellent decisions on the court, which explains why he doesn’t create turnovers … Quality ball handler who has no problem handling the ball against heavy pressure … Has legit NBA three point range that he can make with regularity … Defensively, Neitzel displays good effort, toughness and court awareness … Feel for the game is impressive … Decent finisher in transition where he has the ability to make difficult shots with either hand via a runner or floater … Unselfish player who constantly thinks to involve teammates … Excellent free throw shooter … Solid passer who does a great job of recognizing open players in drive and dish situations … Well conditioned player who never seems to stop moving or tire … A gym rat with a great work ethic to sharpen his skills … Neitzel possesses the basketball IQ to thoroughly think the game through and make in-game adjustments depending how the opposing defense is guarding him … Despite not being able to create space, Neitzel is an excellent mid-range shooter off the dribble …

Weaknesses: Defensively, Neitzel’s lateral quickness makes him vulnerable to being able to effectively guard athletic point guards … Because of this he is rarely able to get good separation from his defender, as he lacks a quick first step … A great passer, but lacks the exceptional court vision many of his fellow peers at the point guard position possess - Neitzel thinks plays before they happen while others see plays develop before they happen … Didn’t have the season many expected, but to his credit he ended his senior season playing well … Lacks the ability to consistently create off the dribble in isolation situations … Neitzel lacks the upside and, in some people minds, the athleticism needed to have much of an upside … At time seems to settle too much for shooting from the perimeter instead of driving to the basket this season … Is often the opposing coaches best chance to exploit the team defense that Michigan State plays by making Neitzel’s assignment play aggressive and attack …. At the NBA level he will be a post up target for the bigger point guards … Seemed to struggle with his confidence level this season …

Matthew Maurer - 05/1/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2004-05 Michigan St.

33

38.1

32.7

65.0

0.5

---

0.7

2.9

3.5

2005-06 Michigan St.

34

40.8

40.4

93.2

0.6

0.1

2.0

5.6

8.3

2006-07 Michigan St.

35

42.6

41.2

87.9

0.8

0.3

2.8

4.3

18.1

2007-08 Michigan St.

36

40.5

39.8

86.0

1.0

0.1

2.5

4.0

13.9

DIV I Totals

138

40.5

38.6

83.2

0.7

0.1

2.0

4.2

11.1

 

demarcus-nelson-1.jpg 2008 Top Players - The Draft Review
  • Name: DeMarcus Nelson
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height: 6-4 (1.93m)
  • Weight: 200 (91kg)
  • College Team: Duke Blue Devils
  • Nationality: American
  • Birthplace: Elk Grove, California
  • Birthdate: 11/2/1985
  • Drafted: Declared for the 2008 NBA Draft but was not drafted by an NBA franchise.
nba 2008 Top Players - The Draft Review

Strengths: Possesses an NBA body that is blessed with excellent upper body strength... Has improved quite a bit on ball handling since last season... Very good athlete with great quickness and leaping ability... Has legit NBA three point range that he should be able to make with regularity... Owns a terrific 1st step that allows him to get to the basket... Once there his body control and upper body strength allow him to absorb contact and finish... Court awareness and intelligence have developed nicely since last season... Has a very good understanding how to move without the ball in his hands... An excellent perimeter defender that has many of the physical tools needed to be effective on the next level... With quick hands, sound lateral movement and long arms, Nelson is capable of disrupting opposing guards... Uses his anticipation skills to play passing lanes for steal opportunities... For his size, Nelson is a capable rebounder thanks to his athleticism and long arms... Has become a better decision maker when the ball is in his hands... Creates a good deal of contact due to his aggressive playing style... Mental toughness has been apparent throughout his career as he's continued to play through various injuries... High character person off the court and has been trouble free even as far back as high school...

Weaknesses: Nelson has been a little injury prone throughout his career at Duke, which could leave some to question his durability... Standing at 6-foot-3 he lacks the ideal height at the shooting guard position... Tends to over penetrate, which often forces him to pick up his dribble when the lane is congested... Despite being such a solid perimeter shooter he remains a poor free throw shooter... Hasn't lived up to the press clippings that were placed on him entering college, which makes one wonder if he peaked early... Could have some problems getting his shot off on the next level as Nelson possesses a slow release when shooting the ball... Isn't able to gain complete separation from his defender after his initial first step... Some NBA teams may view him as a combo-guard, but his passing ability and ball handling aren't as polished as one would like to see... Has problems getting involved offensively if his perimeter shooting is off... Sometimes tries to go for the spectacular play instead of settling for a simple, less difficult move... Nelson shows good shooting touch from mid-range, but doesn't utilize it nearly as much as he should - most of his shots are drives or three point shots... Not very adept at shooting off screens off the dribble...

Matthew Maurer - 5/5/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2004-05 Duke

33

40.0

31.9

53.2

0.8

0.3

4.5

0.8

6.2

2005-06 Duke

24

45.2

41.0

64.9

0.8

0.1

3.4

1.2

7.1

2006-07 Duke

33

47.8

36.4

59.3

1.3

0.5

5.4

2.0

14.1

2007-08 Duke

34

49.0

38.8

60.1

1.6

0.3

5.8

2.9

14.5

DIV I Totals

124

45.6

36.8

59.0

1.2

0.3

4.9

1.8

10.8

 

russell-robinson-1.jpg 2008 Top Players - The Draft Review
  • Name: Russell Robinson
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height: 6-1 (1.85m)
  • Weight: 200 (91kg)
  • College Team: Kansas Jayhawks
  • Nationality: American
  • Birthplace: New York, New York
  • Birthdate: 1/24/1986
  • Drafted: Automatically eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft but was not drafted by an NBA franchise.
nba 2008 Top Players - The Draft Review
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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2004-05 Kansas

24

41.2

28.6

70.0

0.8

0.1

0.7

1.0

3.5

2005-06 Kansas

33

37.1

32.2

74.2

2.3

0.5

3.1

4.6

9.3

2006-07 Kansas

37

43.6

34.6

65.1

2.0

0.5

3.1

4.4

7.2

2007-08 Kansas

40

42.4

31.8

77.9

2.0

0.4

2.8

4.1

7.3

DIV I Totals

134

40.7

32.4

72.3

1.8

0.4

2.6

3.7

7.1

 

anton-ponkrashov-1.jpg 2008 Top Players - The Draft Review
  • Name: Anton Ponkrashov
  • Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward
  • Height: 6-7 (2.00m)
  • Weight: 210 (95kg)
  • Pro Team: Khimki Moscow
  • Nationality: Russian
  • Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Birthdate: 4/23/1986
  • Drafted: Automatically eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft but was not selected by an NBA franchise ...
nba 2008 Top Players - The Draft Review

Strengths: Excellent ball handler for his size who is capable of bringing the ball up court or running the fast break … Moves without the ball looking for quick picks or screens to set up for a shot … Feel for the game is very high, simply possesses an excellent basketball IQ that allows him to make good decisions during the course of game … Unselfish player who consistently looks to pass, especially during drive and dish opportunities … Has improved considerably shooting from mid-range, which has strengthened his confidence so much that it’s not uncommon for him to pull-up off the dribble … Understands how to run an offense and most importantly knows where everyone should be on the floor … Long arms allow him some degree of help defensively where he will use them to try and keep quicker players from driving past him … Versatile player who can play minutes at shooting guard or small forward … Possesses a strong upper body capable of absorbing contact … Has three point range on his jumper when his feet are set … Plays defense with good effort and energy … With his size he sees the court very well and is usually able to pass over his defender with ease …

Weaknesses: Athletically there will be many concerns if he will be quick enough to guard players on the NBA level … To his credit his perimeter shooting has improved but still streaky, especially when shooting three point shots … A natural lefty, Ponkrashov relies heavily on going left on drives - opposing teams will often dare him to go right … Isn’t able to drive in the lane and create contact due to his average first step … Needs to fight through picks better on defense and improve foot speed which is solid in Europe, but will be below standard in the NBA … When faced with a more athletic player, Ponkrashov often struggles to stay in front of them without using his hands … Although not a tweener by definition he is a ball player without a true position, one that lacks explosiveness to play point guard and without the mentality or long range shooting ability to play shooting guard … While he creates mismatches, he’s rarely able to exploit them because of his lack of ability to consistently get full separation from his defender … Confidence still waivers during games and he defers a great deal to teammates even if he would be the best option … Potentially, he is near the ceiling of his development and won’t improve by leaps and bounds, only small increments …

Matthew Maurer - 2/21/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2004-05 Spartak St.Petersburg

27

46.6

38.6

75.0

0.8

0.4

2.0

0.2

5.9

2005-06 Spartak St.Petersburg

32

42.1

35.0

76.0

1.1

0.1

3.4

4.8

9.9

2006-07 CSKA Moscow

56

45.1

40.3

81.8

0.8

0.0

2.2

2.7

5.6

2007-08 Khimky Moscow

43

53.8

25.9

75.6

1.1

0.2

2.7

4.8

9.1

Totals

158

46.6

33.2

77.4

0.9

0.2

2.6

3.1

7.6

 

mickell-gladness-1.jpg 2008 Top Players - The Draft Review
  • Name: Mickell Gladness
  • Position: Center
  • Height: 6-11 (2.11m)
  • Weight: 202 (92kg)
  • College Team:Alabama A&M Bulldogs
  • Nationality: American
  • Birthplace: Sylacauga, Alabama
  • Birthdate: 7/26/1986
  • Drafted: Automatically eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft but was not selected by an NBA franchise.
nba 2008 Top Players - The Draft Review

Strengths: Athletically, Gladness is a solid athlete with good explosiveness … Has no problem running the floor as his foot speed allows him to keep up with most guards … Gladness is a dominant shot blocker with skill that is definitely on the NBA level … Physically, he has all the tools to remain a competent shot blocker - explosiveness, wingspan, and timing … Even more impressive is how patient and selective he has been with what shots to go after … Despite weighing less than some other players at his position in the post, he possesses a mean streak to continue to attack … Tremendous lateral quickness allows him to make an impact as a help defender … Hands are soft, enabling him to catch passes despite getting pushed by opposing defenders … Has started to show signs of a good looking turnaround jumper that still needs work, but only from a repetition standpoint … Intimidates with his shot blocking so much that opposing teams second guess drives and lay-ups when he is in the game regardless of competition … Upside is very appealing in that being a shot blocker is natural gift while strength and post moves are teachable … Improved as an out of position rebounder thanks to his mobility …

Weakness:Will need to add some serious weight and upper body strength to his frame … Struggles to gain position in the post without getting pushed out by his defender … Offensively, he lacks the touch to finish around the basket without dunking … Despite his shot blocking ability Gladness needs to improve his post defense … Too often he doesn’t deny post position, opposing defenders are easily able to muscle him … Post footwork isn’t bad but needs some level of refinement as his balance can be suspect … From a fundamental standpoint Gladness puts the ball on the floor too much instead of keeping it high … This can be frustrating as his sheer size demands double teams on the college level - guards will often come down and swipe the ball … Many will insist that his level of competition in the SWAC will degrade his value, but Gladness’s shot blocking and overall play have been solid in most non-conference games … Rebounding in his area is inconsistent mainly due to his inability to successfully box out strong opposing players …

Matthew Maurer - 12/24/07

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2004-05 Lawson State C.C.

24

51.5

---

36.8

0.2

2.2

4.1

0.2

3.1

2005-06 Alabama A&M

26

44.3

---

66.7

0.5

3.0

4.3

0.2

3.5

2006-07 Alabama A&M

30

43.1

---

61.5

0.5

6.3

7.6

0.5

7.6

2007-08 Alabama A&M

29

45.2

00.0

70.1

0.8

4.5

8.8

0.8

10.3

DIV I Totals

85

44.2

00.0

66.0

0.6

4.7

7.0

0.5

7.3