By: Jeff Archer
By: Jeff Archer

With so much talk of the NBA Draft on Thursday, I got to thinking... What if they drafted our High School Seniors? Here's how it might play out.

Every so called "expert" has their own NBA Mock Draft.  Seriously, how difficult is it to pencil in Blake Griffin at number 1?  I'm taking a different angle.  What if they drafted the Seniors who graduated in 2009 from the Mountains?  Here is what the lottery picks might look like.  This is meant simply as fun.  Enjoy, and let's hear your thoughts.

1. Los Angels Clippers - Josh Crawford, Corbin (14.4 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 3.6 APG)
     Comments: Clippers need a change in mentality.  Crawford is one of the top Seniors (if not the top Senior) talent wise.  Could of had bigger numbers but sacrificed a lot to get his team to the Sweet 16.  The Clippers could use that mentality.

2. Memphis Grizzlies - J.D. Strange, Pineville (23.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.7 APG)
     Comments: Grizzlies need help at the Point Guard position, especially one that can shoot.  Strange is a complete player and he's used to having to take big shots and come through in the clutch.  A coaches son who understands the game.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder - Josh Seidel, North Laurel (22.2 PPG, 7.5 RPG)
      Comments: The Thunder lack depth at Shooting Guard.  Seidel is another one of those players who simply knows how to get things done.  He would give them depth at the 2 guard.  He's also a coaches dream, never causing problems.

4. Sacramento Kings - Klay Maggard, Perry Central (17.3 PPG, 9.6 RPG)
       Comments: The Kings could use another banger inside with some toughness.  They don't come much tougher than Maggard.  He is willing to do the dirty work, and has the ability to finish in traffic.

5. Minnesota Timerwolves - Ian Welch, Johnson Central (16 PPG, 5.4 RPG)
        Comments: The Wolves are in need of the "best available athlete".  They don't come much more athletic than Ian Welch of Johnson Central.  Plus, he plays well above the rim.

6. Minnesota Timberwolves - Antwan Brown, Middlesboro (19.5 PPG, 7 APG)
        Comments: The Wolves need help at the Point Guard position.  Brown is a slasher who can either score or dish when he gets in the lane.  He teams with Welch to add some excitement for the fans.

7. Golden State Warriors - Kourtney Tyra, Jackson County (21 PPG, 7 APG, 4 RPG)
        Comments: What, you thought this was for guys only?  The Warriors need a true PG and she can ball with the best of them.  She's got a serious handle and was counted on for everything from her team.  She might have to do the same for the Warriors.

8. New York Knicks - Josh Smith, Corbin (13.3 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.5 SPG)
        Comments: The good news?  You get to play in Madison Square Garden.  The bad news?  You play for the Knicks.  NY needs some depth at the wing and they like to get it and go.  Smith fits their needs.

9. Toronto Raptors - Brent Hall, JBS (16.9 PPG, 15.5 RPG)
       Comments: The Raptors biggest concern is rebounding.  They remedy that concern by selecting the State's top rebounder.  He's a tireless worker whose okay with getting his points on putbacks, which is where they will come from with this team.

10. Milwaukee Bucks - Matt Clevenger, Pikeville (19.8 PPG)
       Comments: This one is a need pick.  The Bucks need some outside shooting help.  Clevenger can do that.  (Josh Proffitt of Letcher Central would be another one to consider here. 51% from 3)

11. New Jersey Nets - Charlie Banks, Letcher Central (13.9 PPG, 7.6 RPG)
       Comments: The Nets are looking for an athletic Forward.  Charlie Banks fits that well, especially now that he's getting in shape for football.  Plus, his leadership is unmatched.

12. Charlotte Bobcats - Andy Blank, Buckhorn (16.1 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 4.1 APG)
       Comments: The Bobcats are a slow team but are looking to move a little quicker.  Blank plays at 100 MPH.  He can get them going.  Plus, he's flat out tough.

13. Indiana Pacers - Nick Smith, Middlesboro (19.5 PPG)
       Comments: According to the "experts" the Pacers need everything.  Nick Smith can do a lot of different things.  He's very athletic and wicked smart (31 on the ACT).

14. Phoenix Suns - Devan Adams, Shelby Valley (2.1 Blocks/game)
        Comments: Shaq is getting old.  He needs a backup (if he's not traded).  Adams is one of only a couple of true Centers out of the Mountains this year.  He can block shots and get some boards.

Some other players up for consideration: Zac Smith (South Laurel), Robert Warren (Hazard), Aaron Charles (Lee County), Devin Fothergill (Southwestern).  There are plenty of others as well.

Your thoughts on the draft? Be constructive.

~ Archer

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