DY_nasty wrote:James Gatz wrote:DY_nasty wrote:AAU stats are about as legit as monopoly money
So what are we to base our evaluation on? Just random chance that a physical large human will be good at basketball?
I'd rather use college stats than AAU ones but I'd rather use a larger sample than a super small one.
AAU gets their money from inflating stats and putting their premier guys in the best possible light for scouts - then scamming parents and schools when it comes to the other 99% of players who essentially get a carrot on a stick dangled in front of them. There's key matchups to watch and head to heads against the best of the best. But those are rare for a reason.
I agree with all of this, but doesn't feel like a great argument for why the number 1 prospect's underwhelming AAU stats should be looked past.
At the moment I'm more inclined to grab Okongwu, Hayes, or trade down than draft Wiseman. For me Wiseman is at Deni level of red flags / unknown production banking on potential.