Who is a more versatile player in this NBA draft than Roshown McCloed?
Nobody, that's who. He is very fitted to the NBA game. He has the skills,
quickness, and moves of a player that is 6-3 or 6-4, but he has the body
of a bigger player. At 6-8 he could be like scottie Pippen or Juwan
Howard, he has their body type. He isn't as outside oriented as pippen,
and he doesn't have as good inside moves as Howard, he can score down low
or out on the perimeter.
He is also a great defender. He could match up and did match up
well against Antawn Jamison earlier last year. He is a good passer, he
sees the court well, is a capable rebounder, and can score at almost any
time. Who played a tougher schedule this year than Duke? None of the 20
players ahead of Roshown McCloed did. He played the best teams throughout
the year and played with great poise and skill, and that reflects what he
will be able to do in the NBA next year, against good teams and good
players, night in and night out. And if you are rating these players
strictly on their numbers from this past season, then you need to take
in to account the fact that McCloed posted similar numbers as Keon
Clark(#6)(why the hell?), Robert Traylor(#8), and Clayton shields(#18).
He posted these similar #'s while playing about 10 minutes less than any
of the other players, meaning that if he played their minutes(let's say
34 a game opposed to his 23) he would be averaging 22.8 points, more than
any of these other players. Does Clayton Shields have as much big game
experience as McCloed? no Does Keon Clark(Why the hell?)? no. Does
Tractor Traylor? no. McCloed's numbers put these guy's in the dust when
A player with the skills and experience of Roshown McCloed should
probably be rated at least top 12, more realistically, top 8. That
includes when Vince Carter and Antawn Jamison decide to become eligible
for the draft.(they will.) McCloed's shooting stroke is better than any
other guy of his size in the draft, and he isn't close to becoming as
accurate a shooter as he will be in the coming years in the NBA.
Oh and one other thing- I like Matt Harpring and all, but why is
he the 16th player in the draft? He isn't that good. He has already
reached his potential now, and he scored 23 points a game on the worst
team in the ACC. If he had been on a team with as many weapons as Duke
had, he would have only scored about 13 points a game, and if he had been
on Duke and played McCloed's minutes, he would have averaged 8 maybe 9
points a game. At the most he should be a top 35 pick.
Summary: Move Roshon McCloed way up in your polls.