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2014 Jonathan Givony Articles

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Top NBA Prospects in the AAC, Part 2: Prospects #2-5
by Derek Bodner, Jonathan Givony, Matt Kamalsky, Kyle Nelson

We continue our coverage of the top NBA prospects in the AAC with scouting reports on players ranked 2-5 in the conference: Austin Nichols, Nick King, Shaq Goodwin and Ryan Boatright.


Top NBA Prospects in the Big 12, Part 8: Prospects #17-20
by Jonathan Givony, Kyle Nelson, Joshua Riddell

We continue our coverage on the top NBA draft prospects in the Big 12 with part eight, players ranked 17-20: Wesley Iwundu, Kyan Anderson, Dustin Hogue, Bryce Dejean-Jones.

Top NBA Prospects in the Big 12, Part 6: Prospects #9-12
by Jonathan Givony, Matt Kamalsky, Kyle Nelson, Joshua Riddell

We continue our coverage on the top NBA draft prospects in the Big 12 with part six, players ranked 9-12: Cameron Ridley, Marcus Foster, Isaiah Taylor and Buddy Hield.

Top NBA Prospects in the Big 12, Part 5: Prospects #5-8
by Derek Bodner, Jonathan Givony, Matt Kamalsky, Joshua Riddell

We continue our coverage on the top NBA draft prospects in the Big 12 with part five, players ranked 5-8: Juwan Staten, Perry Ellis, Georges Niang and LeBryan Nash.

Top NBA Draft Prospects in the Pac-12, Part 7: Prospects #15-20
by Derek Bodner, Jonathan Givony, Matt Kamalsky, Kyle Nelson, Joshua Riddell

We continue our coverage on the top NBA draft prospects in the Pac-12 with part seven, players ranked 15-20: Chasson Randle, Xavier Johnson, Tyrone Wallace, Tony Parker (GA), Davonte Lacy and David Kravish.

Top NBA Draft Prospects in the Pac-12, Part 6: Prospects #10-14
by Jonathan Givony, Matt Kamalsky, Kyle Nelson, Joshua Riddell

We continue our coverage on the top NBA draft prospects in the Pac-12 with part six, players ranked 10-14: Joseph Young, Anthony Brown, Kaleb Tarczewski, Josh Scott, T.J. McConnell.

Top NBA Draft Prospects in the Pac-12, Part 5: Prospects #5-9
by Derek Bodner, Jonathan Givony, Matt Kamalsky

We continue our coverage on the top NBA draft prospects in the Pac-12 with part five, players ranked 5-9: Delon Wright, Nigel Williams-Goss, Brandon Ashley, Kevon Looney and Reid Travis.

adidas Nations Scouting Reports Part 2
by Jonathan Givony

Scouting notes on elite 2016 point guard Dennis Smith and some of the top international prospects from adidas Nations including Sergii Pryimak and Mouhamed Thiam.

adidas Nations Scouting Reports Part 1
by Jonathan Givony

Scouting notes on some of the elite players in the high school game including Jaylen Brown, Chase Jeter, and Dedric Lawson.

2014 FIBA U18 Americas Championship: World Scouting Reports
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

Scouting reports covering the top international prospects at the 2014 FIBA U18 Americas Championship held in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

2014 FIBA U18 Americas Championship: US Scouting Reports
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

Scouting reports on the top US prospects who competed at the FIBA U18 Americas Championships in Colorado Springs.

2014 adidas EuroCamp: Day Three
by Jonathan Givony

All four teams played on the final day of the 2014 EuroCamp, as well as the adidas USA Select Team, Carleton Universty, and the U20 French National Team

2014 adidas EuroCamp: Day Two
by Jonathan Givony

Day two of the adidas EuroCamp in Treviso, Italy included a number of standout performances.

2014 adidas EuroCamp: Day One
by Jonathan Givony

Day one of the 2014 adidas EuroCamp in Treviso, Italy is officially in the books.

2014 adidas EuroCamp Preview and Roster Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony, Matt Kamalsky

The EuroCamp kicks off this Saturday, and DraftExpress will be present covering the event for the 11th straight year.

The Gradual Erosion of the NBA Pre-Draft Process
by Jonathan Givony

The NBA league-office has tinkered for many years with the format of the NBA Combine (previously known as the NBA pre-draft camp) in an attempt to make it as useful as possible for NBA front offices in their decision making process. With a significant portion of the first round once again electing not to participate in any of the basketball activities this year, and the top three prospects electing to not even attend period, many will call for the NBA to go back to the drawing board to try and figure out a new format that makes this event as relevant as possible again for teams, prospects, media and the general public.

How would the 2014 NBA Draft Look Based Solely Off RSCI Rankings?
by Jonathan Givony

Going into college, we already have a decent picture of how the high school recruiting services (Scout.com, Rivals, ESPN, etc) viewed prospects' talent-level and potential thanks to the RSCI. The RSCI (recruiting service consensus index) attempts to encapsulate the average rankings of all the major high school recruiting services into one handy number.

Kristaps Porzingis Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

Kristaps Porzingis made his ACB and EuroCup debut just a few months after turning 17, and is having a fairly impressive season for playoff bound Cajasol Sevilla in arguably the best domestic league in Europe despite being one of the youngest players in this draft. We take an inventory of everything he displayed this season as an NBA prospect, as well as the things he still has to improve on.

2014 Albert Schweitzer Tournament - Elite Prospects
by Jonathan Givony

Scouting reports on the top prospects at the 2014 Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim, Germany, including Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Marc Garcia, Ethan Happ, Jules Akodo, Egemen Guven, Ludde Hakanson, Ayberk Olmaz, Yankuba Sima, Antoine Wallez and Okben Ulubay.

Walter Tavares Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

Walter Tavares hasn't been playing basketball for very long, but he's already established himself as one of the top rebounding and shot-blocking big men in the Spanish ACB. We take an inventory of everything he displayed this season as an NBA prospect, as well as the things he still has to improve on.

Dario Saric Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

One of the most closely scrutinized international prospects in recent memory, Dario Saric has been on NBA radar screens since he was 15 years old. Likely the most experienced player in this draft class, and possibly also the most skilled, Saric backed up the hype in a major way this season by winning the Adriatic League championship, earning MVP honors along the way. We take an inventory of everything he displayed this season as an NBA prospect, as well as the things he still has to improve on.

Damien Inglis Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

Damien Inglis is one of a handful of 18-year olds to see meaningful minutes in Pro A France over the past decade. After attending the Nike Hoop Summit, and seeing his team relegated to the second division, Inglis elected to declare for this year's NBA Draft. We take an inventory of everything he displayed this season as an NBA prospect, as well as the things he still has to improve on.

DeAndre Daniels Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

DeAndre Daniels saved the best basketball of his career for the NCAA Tournament, stringing together an impressive six game run to help his UConn team win a National Championship. Daniels elected to strike while the iron was hot and declared for the NBA Draft a few weeks later. Now that his college career is over, we'll take an inventory of everything he displayed this season as an NBA prospect, as well as the things he still has to improve on.

Adreian Payne Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

After a strong finish to his junior season, Adreian Payne was faced with a tough decision, but ultimately elected to return for his final year at Michigan State. Now that his college career is over, we'll take an inventory of everything he displayed this season as an NBA prospect, as well as the things he still has to improve on.

Jordan Adams Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

Jordan Adams had a very productive sophomore year, after which he declared his intentions to return to UCLA, but ultimately changed his mind at the last minute and elected to enter the NBA Draft. We take an inventory of everything he displayed this season as an NBA prospect, as well as the things he still has to improve on.

Kyle Anderson Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

Kyle Anderson is arguably the most unique prospect in this draft class, with an unprecedented combination of passing, rebounding, 3-point shooting percentage and basketball IQ in a 6-9 frame. Now that Anderson's college career is over, we can take a step back and conduct an inventory of everything he displayed this season as an NBA prospect, as well as the things he still has to improve on.

Gary Harris Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

Gary Harris is considered one of the best shooting guard prospects in this draft, thanks to his strong combination of shooting, defense and basketball IQ. Now that Harris' college career is over, we can take a step back and conduct an inventory of everything he displayed this season as an NBA prospect, as well as the things he still has to improve on.

2014 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Final Recap
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament came to a close on Saturday. We recap the highlights of the week.

2014 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Day Two
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

Three more games were played Thursday, one a consolation game between the two losers from Wednesday, and two in the nightcap, introducing the last four teams that we had not seen yet.

2014 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Day One
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

We're back in Virginia once again for the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a historic camp in its 62nd edition, intended to showcase the top 64 NCAA senior draft prospects for all 30 NBA teams. Find out who stood out on day one.

Cleanthony Early Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

Cleanthony Early was one of the top per-minute scorers in college basketball this season, playing for a team that went undefeated until they ran into a Kentucky squad that eventually lost in the NCAA Tournament Championship game. Now that Early's college career is over, we can take a step back and conduct an inventory of everything he displayed this season as an NBA prospect, as well as the things he still has to improve on.

P.J. Hairston Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

P.J. Hairston was forced to play out this season in the D-League with the Texas Legends after being dismissed by North Carolina in December. He put up monstrous scoring numbers, but still has many question marks around him. Now that he's officially in the Draft as an automatically eligible player, we can take a step back and conduct an inventory of everything he displayed this season as an NBA prospect, as well as the things he still has to improve on.

Zach Lavine Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

Zach LaVine came out of nowhere early on in the season and emerged as a productive shooter and finisher for UCLA. Although he cooled off significantly as the year moved on, LaVine decided to take advantage of the attention he garnered early on in the season and declared for the draft shortly after playing his final game in a UCLA jersey.

Artem Klimenko Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

Artem Klimenko is a long, mobile 7-footer who could be a sleeper international prospect in this year's draft class. Completely off the radar screen playing in the Russian second division, he already announced his intentions to enter the draft and will participate in private workouts and possibly the adidas EuroCamp. How good of a prospect is he, and is he worth taking a flyer on in the first round?

Testing the NBA Draft Waters in 2014
by Jonathan Givony

There again appears to be quite a bit of confusion about the NBA's early-entry draft process among college players, college coaches, NBA personnel and media members, due to rule changes made by the NCAA in May of 2011 regarding collegiate eligibility.

2014 NCAA Tournament: First Weekend NBA Prospect Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony

With the 2014 NCAA Tournament Bracket officially set, we take a look at how the first weekend is shaping up from a NBA Draft perspective. Who are the prospects and what will NBA teams be looking for in each pod?

Nike International Junior Tournament Belgrade 2014 Scouting Reports
by Jonathan Givony

Scouting Reports of the top prospects seen at the Nike International Junior Tournament in Belgrade, including Lovro Mazalin, Dragan Bender, Vojislav Stojanovic, Ante Zizic, Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot, Ywen Smock, Norbert Janicek, Stephane Gombauld, Yankuba Sima, Milos Glisic, Aleksandar Novosel, Stefan Lazarevic, Jonathan Jeanne and Chris Tang.

The Best College Venues for NBA Teams to Scout Games
by Jonathan Givony

NBA scouts and executives spend an excessive amount of time on the road evaluating college and international prospects before the Draft every year. While statistics and video services (such as Synergy Sports Technology) have become a much bigger part of the scouting process over the past few years, most NBA front office members still feel compelled to watch prospects in person at least a couple of times each season.

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