With the 2012 rankings and analysis released a week ago, it’s time to take a look at some prospects who just missed out and have a great chance to move into the top-50 in the next year or so. Here are a few guys to keep an eye on:
- Montrezl Harrell (Virginia Tech)- Harrell is one of the most athletic power forwards in the country and runs the floor extremely well. He has great length and strength too and is a good shot-blocker. He is also an extremely good rebounder and has a lot of potential due to his natural abilities. Harrell is a match-up problem since he is so versatile and can play the 3 or 4 but he needs to improve on his strength and general post skills so he can develop into a solid post-scorer and defensive presence.
- Joell James (Undecided)- James is a very undeveloped prospect with a lot of raw talent and potential. He has great size and length for a post-player and is a good rebounder. He is also not a great shot-blocker but his physical tools give him the ability to become a good one which would really increase his defensive presence. He reminds me a lot of class of 2011 big-man Adjehi Baru between his size and style of play and should be an intriguing person to follow as he develops and matures in the next year.
- Jerami Grant (Undecided)- Grant is an athletic wing player who has a good mid-range game and is versatile. He is an offensive threat who can score in many ways whether it’s through posting up a small defender, taking a big defender out on the perimeter and slashing into the lane, or by hitting the pull-up jumper which he consistently makes. He needs to improve on his defense and work to get stronger but don’t be surprised if he works his way up the top-50.