The staff of Writing Illini gives their opinions about which player needs to turn the most heads at the 2013 NBA Combine on Thursday and Friday. Some of the best college basketball players will try to put their skills on display so that they may be draft in June by a NBA team.
Austin: Brandon Paul, hands down. This is not because I am biased to the Illini. BP3 showed such inconsistency this past season. He would be great one game, terrible the next. All in all, he had a good season, but he needs to impress teams at the combine to take a chance with him. His talent is there, but the consistency is something he truly has lacked his entire career. I think that is what will scare most teams away is that the inconsistencies has not faded from his freshman year. The good games got better, yeah, but he was never able to find that steady season in his career at Illinois.
Ryan: Any player not named Nerlens Noel needs to be the most impressive player at the combine, as Noel seems to be the consensus #1 projected overall pick for the upcoming draft. Everyone else is simply vying for that #2 draft slot.
From an Illinois fans perspective Brandon Paul is the player that needs to impress the most at the NBA Combine because he is the only Illinois player invited to participate. Of course, as with any combine it’s only a glimpse at the athletic prowess any player possesses. In Brandon’s case, he has all the natural talent in the world. What he needs to show is consistency, and a brief showcase of his game at a combine isn’t the best place to achieve that end. While he is there, though, he would be best served to knock down as many shots as he can, and defend like there is no tomorrow so he shows that he has the “want to” on the defensive end that the NBA scouts in attendance will be looking to see.
Ricky: I’m probably going to be the only one not saying Brandon Paul, but Colorado State’s Colton Iverson is the player that needs to impress the most at the NBA Combine. Iverson made a name for himself in the NCAA Tournament and that is the sole reason why he got invited to the combine.
Iverson needs to make a name for himself the same way at the Combine. All the NBA coaches are going to look at Ben McLemore, Cody Zeller, and Nerlens Noel, but not Colton Iverson. This is why he needs to make some coaches say, “wow, what is the kid’s name?” If he can draw some interest, it will be huge for him in the draft.
What do you think, Illini nation? Who needs to be the most impressive at this year’s NBA Combine?
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