Power Forwards - 1993 Usenet Draft

Name: Chris Webber
School: University of Michigan
Height: 6'10"
Weight: ~250lbs
Strengths: Quickness, strength, rebounding, shotblocking, inside passing
Weaknesses: Free Throw shooting

  One of the best college players I've ever seen. From day one he has
  dominated everyone physically. He is stronger by far than anybody who
  can stay with his quickness, and anybody that can bang with him he
  will blow past. His aggressiveness, great hands, and quick leap make 
  him a devastating offensive rebounder, and few can stop him down low
  once he has the ball. Webber is also an intelligent interior passer,
  and a very solid ballhandler. He shoots a flat jump shot with fair
  range. His post moves consist of a right-handed jump hook. and a
  blindingly quick spin move to the base line. Defensively, Webber loves
  to block shots, and is sometimes out of position as a result. He has a
  lot to learn about position defense in general.

  On the negative side, Webber is sometimes not as active in a game as
  you might like. He seems to pick and choose his spots, and as this
  year progressed, it became the consensus that his wind was not as good
  as it should be. You could see clearly the difference from 1st to 4th
  quarter in his rebounding and defense.

  His post game is not tremendously refined. By comparison with a Juwan 
  Howard, his footwork needs work, and he could develop a few more
  moves.  Webber's "problem" has been that he is able to get by with
  great strength and quickness, and hasn't been forced to develop his
  low post game. He reminds me of a young Olajuwon in the post. Webber
  is not a great shooter, but has pretty good form, and should be NBA
  quality here very soon. The worst part of his game is foul shooting.
  No two shots look the same. He is a little better this year than last,
  but needs quite a bit of work here.


  Chris Webber will be the #1 or #2 pick in the draft. Any problems he
  has are the kind fixed by work and experience.  He is a monster talent
  who will have an All-Star career barring injury.

Scout: Rob Skrobola 

Name: Rodney Rogers
College: Wake Forest
Height: 6'7"
Position: Power Forward
Other positions: Small Forward
Strengths: strength, shooting, rebounding, quickness, attitude
Weaknesses: decision-making, ball handling (minor), passing (minor)

  Rogers was the ACC player of the year and it was much deserved.
  An outstanding athelete, Rogers combines exceptional strength
  with a nice touch to be a great inside/outside player with range
  to the college three point range (and I expect that it will get
  to the NBA three before to long).  The only knock on Rogers is
  his ball handling and passing, but it looked to be better this year 
  and I expect that it will continue to improve in the NBA.  Rogers
  has a great attitude and work ethic and should continue to
  improve in all aspects of the game in the NBA.  Some people have 
  pointed out his bad game against Kentucky, but it was a fluke.  
  Wake just got steamrolled by a UK team that was playing a great game.  
  I see Rogers a little like a taller Larry Johnson.  He will
  probably start out as a PF and then move over to SF durning
  games to take advantage of his strength.  Rogers had two of
  the best dunks I ever saw:  in the 1992 ACC tourny, Rogers 
  snatched a rebound with one hand from about 5 feet from the
  basket and in one motion, power dunked it over two UNC players.
  Then in this years blowout of UNC, Rogers had a 360 dunk on a
  break away.  He is a sure top 5 pick.

Scout:  Craig Simpson 

Name: Douglas Edwards
College: Florida State
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 220
Position: Power Forward
Other Positions: Small forward and center (both very rarely)
Strengths: Strength, inside passing, shooting, unselfish play
Weaknesses: attitude

  Doug Edwards was FSU's first "big-time" recruit, coming out of a class
  that included the likes of Kenny Anderson and Shaq, and being rated
  second to Anderson in the class. Edwards had to sit out his freshman
  year as a prop-48 case, but came on to be a major force in his
  sophomore year. Early in his career, Edwards showed that he was very
  strong inside, could pass well in the interior (usually to his
  team-mate Dobard for a jam). But Edwards did not posses an outside
  shot to speak of, and had a very lazy attitude. As he matured, Edwards
  did develope a very solid 18 foot jumper, and changed his attitude -
  becoming a very unselfish player (lead the ACC bigmen in assists).
  However, he still has a little problem with keeping his cool in a
  game.  Edwards possess a tremendous amount of talent and skill as an
  inside player, and should fit in well with the NBA style of play. His
  defense, though not awe inspiring, is also solid. A team looking for a
  good power forward, and a role player, should do well with Edwards.
  Should go early in the 1st round, though the heavy amount of power
  forwards in this year's draft could push him down further in the

Scout: Kevin Delgado (kdelgado@loligo.cc.fsu.edu)

Name: Malcolm Mackey
School: Georgia Tech
Height: 6-11
Weight: 248
Position: Power forward
Other position: Center
Strengths: Scoring, rebounding, defense, shotblocking, size
Weaknesses: Inconsistency, leadership skills, aggressiveness, free-throw 
  Malcolm Mackey showed great promise his first two years, first as a
  solid role-player for Lethal Weapon III and then as a surprise leader
  in rebounding in the ACC.  Expected to take over and dominate his last
  two seasons, he often put up very good numbers.  However, he would
  often disappear in the big games, and the younger players who looked
  up to him at those times would tend to fold also.  This helps to
  explain some of Tech's mysterious losses this year.  One of the other
  problems Tech faced was the fact that they had to play Mackey at
  center, when his true position is power forward.  This was a problem
  two years ago when Matt Geiger had foul problems, and a problem this
  year when Ivano Newbill showed he couldn't play center either.
  Mackey has shown he can be a dominant rebounder, being near the
  leaders the past three seasons.  He is also a very good athlete with
  decent post moves.  He's also been among the league leaders in blocked
  shots, field-goal percentage and scoring.  He's both quick and strong.

  However, he is often either over-aggressive, resulting in foul
  trouble, or under-aggressive, resulting in him disappearing in big
  games.  His ball- handling is extremely suspect, a problem for someone
  who will mostly play forward.  His jump-shot is extremely erratic.

  Mackey helped his cause by making the all-tournament team at the
  Desert Classic in Arizona.  He was the leading scorer during the
  tournament.  Most of his problems are mental, and this can be worked
  on with some dedication.  He definitely has the body and the skills to
  play in the pros; he just needs to be consistent and disciplined as
  well.  Mackey figures to be a first round pick, possibly late lottery.

Scout: Rob Clough 

Name: Corie Blount
College: Cincinnati
Height: 6'10"
Weight: 242
Position: Power Forward
Other Positions: Center
Strengths: quickness, rebounding, shot-blocking
Weaknesses: late bloomer, offensive game still needs work

  Agile for his height, Corie Blount also has a bit of bulk.  A decent
  scorer, good rebounder, with good shot blocking skills, Corie needs to
  be a little more mentally involved in his game to stick in the NBA.
  Runs the floor well and has a bit of a nasty streak, which helps in
  the NBA.  Will likely be a late 2nd round pick or a free agent.  Corie
  might get shipped off to Spain or Europe for a year of seasoning
  before giving the NBA a go.  A Scott Williams-type player to me, Corie
  might need a bit of luck to find a team he fits in with.  If he gets a
  good match, he might surprise.

Scout: Curtis Hill 

Name: Kevin Thompson
College: North Carolina State
Height: 6'11"
Position: Power Forward
Other Positions: Center
Strengths: Quickness, Passing, rebounding, post moves
Weaknesses: Shooting, lack of intensity, passivity, weight, foul-shooting

  Kevin Thompson is a former role player who went on to great success
  at NCSU.  He has been a stalwart on mediocre to terrible teams where
  he has had to handle most of the rebounding and virtually all of the
  post responsibilities.  His main strength is his rebounding; he has
  very quick hands that dart in for offensive boards.  He also is a true
  back-to-the-basket type player who has been a leader in field-goal
  percentage in the ACC, mostly on close-in type shots.  His actual shot
  is not all that great and he had to be forced to take three-pointers
  by the coaching staff.

  The biggest problem with Thompson, like Malcolm Mackey of Georgia
  Tech, is his tendency to disappear at times.  And with Thompson in a
  leadership role, this often proved disastrous to State's fortunes.
  Most of his teammates his last two years were either inexperienced or
  untalented or both.  His team was hit hard with all sorts of
  unfortunate distractions, which may have contributed to his lack of
  concentration.  His weight was another problem; despite his quick
  hands, his lack of mobility didn't allow him to guard a lot of big,
  quick forwards in the ACC, and Thompson is not exactly known for his
  vertical leap. He does have decent block totals (in the 40's the last
  three years), but not great for someone who plays in the post that
  much.  Another problem is his poor (in the 50% range) free-throw
  shooting, problematic for someone who goes to the line a lot.

  Still, he has a number of skills.  He is a very good passer for a
  big man, and they often ran the offense through him.  His rebounding
  numbers cannot be questioned.  And he can score a lot, against good
  defenses, when he gets the ball.  Thompson will benefit a lot from NBA
  point guards, and the fact that he won't be depended on a lot at
  first.  He needs to work on refining some parts of his game, like
  shooting & ballhandling, but he has the body to be a solid role-player
  and eventually a steady contributor.  I expect him to be drafted
  somewhere late in the first round.

Scout: Rob Clough 

Name: Charles Outlaw
School: Houston
Height: 6-8
Position: Power forward
Other position: Center (in a pinch)
Strengths: rebounding, defense, shotblocking
Weaknesses: Lack of an offensive game, size (may be to small for PF)

  From Dick Vitale's Basketball '92-'93:

  "The Cougars will get plenty of help from Outlaw, a premier rebounder
  and shot blocker, and the SWC Defensive Player of the Year for the
  '91-'92 season.  He was the most accurate shooter in Division I (in
  '91-'92), but hardly is a scoring machine ('91-'92 11.9 ppg.)
  Outlaw's only reliable shot is the dunk."

  I saw the Cougar's twice on TV and would have to say the above is
  fairly accurate description.  I would say that Outlaw's NBA potential
  will be limited until he develops a offensive game.  As far as defense
  goes, I think he could do a good job guarding NBA PFs.  So I only
  expect him at best to play 15-20 minutes for the team that drafts him,
  off the bench with little or no O.  I don't see him going in the first
  round and maybe not even in the second.

scout: Brian Neal West 

More Poop:

  "Outlaw is regarded as the top defender among the forward prospects in the
  draft.  He needs to improve his free-throw shooting and cut down on his
  turnovers, though.  He'll probably go in the second round."

scout: Basketball Weekly via Craig Simpson 

Name: Rodney Dobard
College: Florida State
Height: 6'9"
Position: Power Forward
Other Positions: Small forward, Center
Strengths: Exceptional leaping ability, defense
Weaknesses: outside shooting


  Rodney Dobard is a four year starter for FSU. Originally playing as a
  center due to FSU's lack of height at the time, Dobard was allowed to
  move over into his natural small forward postion as FSU's recruiting
  improved. Dobard is known for his incredible leaping ability. He
  always does the tip-off for FSU even when 7-footer Andre Reid is
  healthy, and consistently beats taller players to the ball. Dobard
  became a crowd favorite for his many, many dunks, especially off of
  the lob play. Dobard's greatest strength is his defense, however. He
  is the all-time leading shot-blocker in FSU history, and was near the
  top in this catagory in the nation, even though he is only 6'9".
  Dobard has a very serious work attitude, and is fearless on the court
  - even against "better" players (as in the NCAA tourney, where he did
  an excellent job of defending Mashburn). Dobard's primary weakness, 
  his lack of an outside shot, is the only thing keeping him from being
  a star - but that can be worked on a la Ewing. Dobard has been a
  greatly under-rated player (partially due to the other talent on the
  team getting attention), but his performance in this year's tourney
  may have caught the attention of the pro scouts. Dobard will be a real
  steal for any team that takes a chance and drafts him, but will
  probably not go before the 2nd round in the draft

Scout: Kevin Delgado (kdelgado@loligo.cc.fsu.edu)

Name: Harper Williams
School: UMASS
Height: 6'7"
Position: Power Forward
Other possible spots: Center
Strengths:  leadership, rebounding
Weaknesses:  to small for center will have to play PF, injured hand in
             senior season

  Harper was the heart and soul of UMass for the last two years.  He was
  a 4 year starter at the center spot, despite being just 6'7".  He is a
  south paw who will go left if possible.  He was the A-10 player of the
  year in 1992 and probably would have won it again this year if not for
  a broken hand sustained early in the season.

  Harper gained national recognition after grabbing 15 or so rebounds in
  the 2nd round of the NCAA's against Conrad McRae and Syracuse.  He may
  not have the size, but makes up for it with his passion.  He was the
  tallest player in UMass's rotation (30-5 record) in 1992.

  His range extends out to 18-19 feet.  He will take that shot without
  hesistating if left open.  He hit the game winning 3 pointer against
  Syracuse to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in 1992.  He scored well over
  1000 pts in his career (i don't have the number).  I could see him
  taken in the late 2nd round by a current NBA power that is looking for
  a role player.

Scout: Scott D. Granowitz  

Name: Brian Hendrick 
School: California 
Height: 6-9 
Position: power forward
Other Possible Spots: spot minutes at center in a small unit 
Strengths: nose for the ball, scores from post or out to 15 feet  
Weaknesses: recovering from knee injury--mobility a question 
	Hendrick was All-Pac 10 his first three years, with numbers 
	in the range of 15 points & 8 rebounds.  Due to injury his stats
	were down as a senior, although he posted a number of
	double-doubles in Cal's late season run as his mobility and
	confidence improved.  Hendrick is a hard worker who came in
 	exclusively as a post scorer but developed a reliable jumper
	and some moves off the dribble during his time at Cal.  Hendrick
	has never been spectacular, relying on hustle, long arms,
	subtle post moves and solid court smarts.  Until 
	the injury, he was improving steadily and expanding his game,
	but Hendrick never projected as an NBA star or big scorer. 
	His game and personality are well suited to the role of 
	defender, rebounder and opportunity scorer.  He'll need to show
	he's healthy at every opportunity before the draft and he
	still may not be taken.  Don't be surprised if he manages to
	hang on somewhere even if he has to go the free agent route. 
Scout: Ken Bowers (kbowers@esrc1.berkeley.edu) 

Name: Evers Burns
School: U of Maryland
Height: 6-8
Weight: 247
Position: Power Forward
Other Position: Center (in case of emergency!)
Strengths: Scoring, strength, power, rebounding
Weaknesses: Foul shooting, size, weight, foul-proneness


  Evers Burns went from being a football prospect to one of the best
  frontcourt players in the ACC.  He showed flashes of promise his first
  two years that were realized in his junior year, when he scored 15.9
  ppg and averaged 7 boards a game.  He was the anchor of a very young
  Maryland team as a senior, leading the ACC in scoring for a time.  He
  was the only true low-post threat that Maryland had, but still dealt
  with double-teams well.

  Evers' best attributes are his scoring and rebounding.  He has range
  out to 16', and a decent jumphook.  He has a big body and knows how to
  use it, and was not intimidated by other big players in the ACC.  He
  is very effective in the halfcourt set and possesses decent post 

  Now the bad news.  When he gets fouled, he doesn't make many of his
  shots.  His career FT% has hovered at around 60% for most of his
  career.  Also, he's not much of a defender, with low steals/blocks
  numbers; but what's worse is that he's extremely foul-prone.  This
  only gets worse when his weight is up past 250; he fouls a lot because
  he gets beaten down low.  He doesn't get up and down the floor very
  quickly either, limiting him somewhat for a running team.

  Burns was recently named to the All-Tournament team at the Desert
  Classic.  He was the third leading scorer at that pre-draft event.  He
  would be a good selection for a half-court team that needs some inside
  muscle and scoring.  He has the potential to be a valuable role-player
  for years to come.

Scout: Rob Clough 

Name: Gary Trost
College: Brighman Young University
Height: 6'10"
Position: Power Forward
Other positions: Center, small forward
Strengths: strength, rebounding,tough attitude, very hard worker
Weaknesses: not a scoring threat, not an incredible athlete

  Trost has been overshadowed by the great Hype that Shawn Bradley
  received, but Gary has proven to be an outstanting ball player.  He
  was All-WAC center the last two years, and honorable mention
  all-american this year.  He led his team to two WAC championships and
  two NCAA appearences in the last two years while racking up a total of
  50 wins over those two seasons.

  He has averaged (over both years) 29.9 mins/game,14.6 pts/game, 6.8
  rbs/game, 0.5blocks/game, 2.4 assists/game.  He is the true image of a
  hard working player.  He would make an excellent 3rd or 4th guy off
  the bench who can play any position in the front court.  He has great
  hands and plays terrific defense.  He also has the ability to step his
  game up a level when the game is very close or when he is playing
  against tougher teams.  His biggest weakness is that he is not a
  scorer.  His role is more of a Larry Krystkowiak(Utah Jazz) or Kurt
  Rhambis (?).  He may be drafted late, or some team may get a great
  deal by signing him as a free agent.

Scout: Eric W. Stroup 

Name: Jerry Walker
School: Seton Hall
Height: 6'7"
Position: Power Forwards
Other Positions: Center
Stengths: Defense, attitude, toughness, effort
Weaknesses: Too short for either of the power positions; offensive game

  Jerry Walker is probably the ultimate Jersey guy. He's not pretty,
  he's not the most talented, and he's not the biggest, but he gets
  the job done. At 6'7", he's probably too short to play power forward
  in the NBA. Then again, that's what they said about Barkley and
  Larry Johnson. I'm not saying that Jerry's the next Barkley or LJ,
  but his hard work on both ends of the court usually makes up for his
  lack of size (or at least, height - he shakes the floor at a very
  muscular 245 lbs). Jerry's never been afraid to step away from a
  challenge. When Seton Hall center Anthony Avent graduated and Luther
  Wright proved too fat to be counted on, Walker volunteered to play
  center for PJ Carlessimo's Pirates. He didn't do that bad a job - 
  the only players who ever really exploited his height disadvantage
  were Dikembe Mutombo and Alonzo Mourning (depending on who was
  playing center at the time). Walker used his bulk to bully his way
  around the low post, where he's developed some very nice moves,
  most notably a baby hook shot (although it probably won't work in
  the NBA). Still, Jerry knew that the days of Wes Unseld in the NBA were
  over, and that if he wanted to have any kind of pro career, he would
  have to go back to power forward and prove he could play there. His
  tenacious defense, which made him a multiple selectee to the Big
  East All-Defensive team, proved even stiffer against competition closer
  to his size, but his offensive game suffered. He had become used to
  maneuvering his way around in the low post, but with the now-svelte
  Wright clogging the middle, Walker had to take his game outside, and
  he didn't really have the shot to enable him to do that. He looked
  most comfortable when he was on the floor without Luther. This means
  that Jerry would probably be ideally suited to a team like Atlanta or
  Indiana, where the center shoots from the perimeter while the
  power forward is given the post. Unfortunately, both of those teams
  have drafted power forwards the last few years (Keefe in Atlanta, and
  Davis in Indiana). Walker will probably make it into the NBA, probably
  as a second-rounder, largely because he comes to play, day in and day
  out. If he has a bad game, it's not for lack of trying. Eventually,
  Walker could turn out to be a very valuable bench player to a good
  team (imagine how much better Chicago would feel if they had Jerry
  to sick on Mason and Oakley). Whoever winds up taking Jerry Walker
  might not wind up with the most talented, or the most physically 
  endowed player, but they'll wind up with one of the toughest and
  hardest working ones.

Scout: Alan Sepinwall 

Name: Bryan Sallier
School: Oklashoma
Height: 6'8"
Position: Power Forwards
Other Positions: Center

  Had a choice of football and basketball coming out of highschool and
  most likely will have the same choice for the next level.  Extremely
  powerful and a force when motivated but often appears to be
  unmotivated.  Range to 15' on the J.  Decent handler and passer but
  tends to make bad decisions.  A second round choice.

Scout: Milton C. Thompson 
More Poop:

  He's aggressive on D, very much an Oklahoma mold of forward (i.e.,
  a 3-guard more than a forward). However, can play at the spot. 
  Good, but sometimes streaky shot, reasonable from the 3-point line, 
  and very much a Billy Tubbs style player - runs well in the trap, 
  can get the turnover and the rebound, and very tenacious on defense.

  However, inconsistencies with shot and lack of refined talent means 
  he won't go til mid-to-late 2nd round.

Scout: Kokopeli 

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