22. Andrew Nicholson – 6-9 240lbs Senior St. Bonaventure PF
2011-12 stats: 30 mpg, 18.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2 bpg, 57%fg, 43% 3ptfg (23-53), 77% ft
Projection: Mid to late first round
Strengths: Andrew Nicholson is a skilled, four year starter from St. Bonaventure of the Atlantic 10 conference. I was able to get a close look at him during his career and I’ve seen the development of his game, due to me being from Philly and covering Temple hoops closely. He is going to be a stretch four, pick and pop type of player in the NBA. His mid-range jump shot is deadly, he has range out to the college three point line, and in recent workouts, he’s been hitting the NBA three with ease. Is a good defender and rebounder, averaged two blocks a game during his senior season. Isn’t the greatest athlete, but plays the angles, uses his body and length, and is wise.
Weaknesses: I would like to see him add some more strength and bulk to his frame in order to deal with NBA fours on a regular basis. He’s not a top flight athlete, and might have problems checking superior athletes at the four in the league.
21. John Henson – 6-11 220lbs Junior UNC SF/PF 21 years old
2011-12 stats: 29.1 mpg, 13.7 ppg, 10 rpg, 3 bpg, 50%fg, 51% ft,
Projection: Mid first round pick
Strengths: John Henson is one of the more versatile defenders in the 2012 NBA Draft. Between his junior and senior years in high school, he had a growth spurt and went from a 6’4 guard to a 6’10 forward. He is now a hound defensively, a great shot blocker, can guard smaller players on the perimeter, and is a good rebounder. His offensive game has gotten better since his freshman year, Henson has the ability to hit the 15-foot jumper as well. He is at his best in the open court, where he uses his length and athleticism to finish at the rim.
Weaknesses: What position is Henson going to play at the next level, 3 or 4? He doesn’t have the weight or strength to play power forward at this point. I’m not saying that he never will. Marcus Camby, Kevin Garnett, and other players have added strength to their frames over their careers. Henson’s game with his back to the basket really needs some work as well.
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