Whole Truth wrote:jman3134 wrote:Whole Truth wrote:
Edwards is another 5 star prospect who reclassified to Georgia & is projected to go #1.
Memphis pick is top 6 protected. (Wiseman, Edwards, Hampton, Stewart, Meldon, Anthony). Is a good group of talent. If you're Memphis, you hope you don't miss out. Good spot to be for keeping or conveying.
If Memphis do draft JA, they need to trade Conley & let the young players determine whether or not the pick is conveyed. Worse case Ja & or 3J disappoints, they net another top 6 talent where there is some 5 star recruits available & convey 2021 or the young players prove themselves & convey to keep the 2021 pick. Personally I think I'd rather pick top 6 next year than have to endure 4 losing seasons. Potentially end up with a core group of Ja, Edwards & 3J.
To be fair, I am aware of Edwards, though he is one of the few I haven't seen in high school action. I knew he was in the 2019 class, but didn't know he reclassified.
So I'll break down exactly what I mean: at the top we have Edwards, Wiseman, Hampton, Stewart, Manion, Anthony. Manion, Anthony, and Hampton will all function as point guards, so we probably aren't in the market for them alongside Ja. Can't speak too much on Edwards, as I haven't seen him, but let's assume he goes #1. The next best wing prospect most likely is Scotty Lewis, who I love, but who needs at least two years of school to refine his jumper.
The other top guys are energy bigs with a high motor and NBA athleticism in Precious and Stewart. Wiseman is great and can stretch the floor, but isn't he very reminiscent of JJJ? Point being, barring some significant legacy college improvements, I think this is a big time down year, particularly for wing scorers. I like Antoine, but don't think he's a one and done.
Maybe not Meldon & Anthony but Hampton is 6'5" with a 6'7" wing span & is a very good 3pt shooter. Memphis could run him off ball as a secondary ball handler to Ja. I would have Ja as the primary ball handler becuase he has better court vision, passing ability & is less engaged off ball but It would be a boon for Memphis to be able to run 2 PG's who can handle the ball at the same time without giving up a size advantage. Raptors used to close games with 2 undersized PG's Fred, Lowry to move DeRozan to SF to have another shot creator/shooter on court. Memphis could potentially convert Hampton to a full time SG with PG creating skills. Hampton is more of a scoring guard than facilitator anyway & he can light it up.
With Edwards & Lewis in the mix, Memphis IMO would have 3 potential targets top 6.
100% with you on Hampton, and I would fully support drafting him. That said, he might go top 1-3. If we fall outside this range (we very well could with Ja's immediate impact), I am negative on the rest of the guys. I am not sure Scotty will enter. With that said, we need a wing who is more of a three point shooter to complement what we have atm. If he takes two years and hones his outside stroke, I am all aboard the Scotty train. I love his game and he is a Jersey kid, so I have a natural bias.
The reason why I want us to concede this pick is the strength of the 2021 class, which is supposed to be special.