Glen Rice, Jr., Guard, Georgia Tech/Rio Grande Valley Vipers: 6’6″, 211 pounds
The son of NBA legend Glen Rice made news this past year for all the wrong reasons, by getting himself kicked off the Georgia Tech basketball team. But instead of waiting around for the draft, Rice took his talents to the D-League, where he averaged 25 points and nearly 10 rebounds in the playoffs, leading the Valley Vipers to a championship.
Rice is another great shooter, just like his father, with great athleticism and strength, but of course his game is limited and there are questions about his maturity.
Talented & aggressive wing … Good ISO game. Plays better with the ball in his hands … Runs the floor well providing great spacing and making highlight plays … A strong leaper, particularly off of two feet … Huge wingspan. Appears to have in the neighborhood of a 6-10 wingspan, giving him good length to finish plays … Brings energy to a team with his dynamic plays in traffic … Will get to the rim and finish strong with contact, uses his long arms and leaping ability to get in the lane and crash the glass, an excellent rebounder at his size…Poor P&R ball handler & poor shot selection, which is one of his biggest weaknesses … A very streaky shooter, and not physical or strong enough to defend in the post, needs to work on lateral foot speed, fundamentals in sliding his feet on defense
Rice, Jr. is a projected late first round pick, in multiple mock drafts.
Erick Green, Guard, Virginia Tech: 6’3″, 178 pounds
I don’t know much about Erick Green, besides the fact that he’s a hybrid/combo guard, similar to George Hill. The reason he’s on this list, is because of the news out of NBADraft.net that the Spurs had already promised Green their first round pick.
Sources have indicated Spurs may have a promise with Erick Green at 28. #draftrumor
— NBADraft.net (@nbadraftnet) June 26, 2013
DraftExpress breaks down his game for us:
As a floor general, Green is at his best as a distributor in transition or on the pick and roll, where his speed, high basketball IQ, elite pull-up jump-shot and aggressive mentality allow him to put constant pressure on the defense. Though he is more comfortable looking for his own shot, and isn’t a dynamic playmaker off the bounce, he is quite unselfish and shows good vision and a high basketball IQ running the pick and roll or handling the constant swarm of defenders usually thrown at him. A capable defender at the college level, Green plays with good intensity and fundamentals, but his lack of size and strength raise some concerns about his ability to defend opposing guards at the next level. He’ll likely need to be matched up with opposing point guards to be most effective in the NBA…
Green mentioned he’s a projected late first, early second round pick.
Tim Hardaway, Jr., Guard, Michigan: 6’6″, 185 pounds
Another son of an NBA legend, Tim Hardaway, Jr. was a standout shooting guard at Michigan, who led the Wolverines all the way to the National Championship game with teammates Trey Burke and Glenn Robinson III. Hardaway is just like his father; an athletic guard with a great shooting stroke. Hardaway’s profile via DraftExpress:
Most of his offense this season came in spot-up situations, with catch and shoot jump shots accounting for nearly 40% of his field goal attempts in the half court according to Synergy Sports Technology. Getting great elevation on his jumper and shooting the ball with fluid mechanics, Hardaway made 44% of his unguarded spot-up shots in 2013. Though he made just 31.5% of his pull-up jump shots as a junior, Hardaway has proven that he can also use his dribble to find open space and score off the bounce from the perimeter… Defensively, Hardaway has the tools to be an effective pro. He lacks great length, possessing only a 6’7 wingspan, and won’t create many turnovers, but his 6’6 near-200 pound frame, coupled with his very good overall athleticism and competitiveness, give him plenty of promise as a capable NBA player on this end of the floor.
Hardaway is a projected mid to late first round pick.