Rating the Draft

By: Jeff Archer
By: Jeff Archer

ESPN analyst John Hollinger has his draft ratings out. A Freshman from UK is at the top... but is it who you expect?

Picking players in a draft always comes with some uncertainty.  Here are is how ESPN analyst John Hollinger rates this years college players.

Draft Rater's top 12

Rank
Player
Team
Projected PER
1
DeMarcus Cousins
Kentucky
16.14
2.
Evan Turner
Ohio State
14.79
3.
John Wall
Kentucky
14.68
4.
Greg Monroe
Georgetown
14.39
5.
Derrick Favors
Georgia Tech
13.98
6.
Xavier Henry
Kansas
13.52
7.
Luke Babbitt
Nevada
13.35
8.
Al-Farouq Aminu
Wake Forest
13.30
9.
Wes Johnson
Syracuse
13.03
10.
Greivis Vasquez
Maryland
12.97
11.
Sylven Landesberg
Virginia
12.52
12.
Omar Samhan
Saint Mary's
12.47

Draft Rater's first-round talents

Rank
Player
Team
Projected PER
13.
Damion James
Texas
12.44
14.
Daniel Orton
Kentucky
12.15
15.
James Anderson
Oklahoma State
11.98
16.
Paul George
Fresno State
11.87
17.
Gordon Hayward
Butler
11.87
18.
Manny Harris
Michigan
11.80
19.
Jeff Foote
Cornell
11.71
20.
Darington Hobson
New Mexico
11.69
21.
Eric Bledsoe
Kentucky
11.66
22.
Marqus Blakely
Vermont
11.58
23.
Luke Harangody
Notre Dame
11.37
24.
Jordan Crawford
Xavier
11.32

Draft Rater's late first-rounders and early second-rounders

Rank
Player
Team
Projected PER
25.
Da'Sean Butler
West Virginia
11.26
26.
Jon Scheyer
Duke
11.20
27.
Devin Ebanks
West Virginia
11.16
28.
Tiny Gallon
Oklahoma
11.13
29.
Quincy Pondexter
Washington
11.08
30.
Larry Sanders
VCU
11.07
31.
Armon Johnson
Nevada
10.98
32.
Brian Zoubek
Duke
10.96
33.
Aubrey Coleman
Houston
10.91
34.
Jeremy Lin
Harvard
10.87
35.
Mikhail Torrance
Alabama
10.84

Draft Rater's duds -- prominent names ranked outside top 35 collegians

Rank
Player
Team
Projected PER
36
Cole Aldrich
Kansas
10.83
37
Patrick Patterson
Kentucky
10.79
40
Willie Warren
Oklahoma
10.71
45
Avery Bradley
Texas
10.42
50
Ekpe Udoh
Baylor
10.03
54
Ed Davis
North Carolina
9.88
60
Terrico White
Mississippi
9.68
62
Hassan Whiteside
Marshall
9.65
65
Craig Brackins
Iowa State
9.56
68
Solomon Alabi
Florida State
9.52

 Notes:
1.) Putting Patrick Patterson in the "dud" category is a bit surprising to me.
2.) Daniel Orton continues to rate highly. He must be showing more offensive moves in these camps then he did at UK. That is a real possibility.
Anyone else have any thoughts?
~ Jeff Archer
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