4 Future Pros You Know
Doron Lamb, SG, Kentucky – I’ll admit, I wasn’t too sold on Lamb’s pro potential going into this season. His ability to shoot the ball wasn’t in question; it was more doubting if he could do anything but knock down jumpers, coupled with a bad habit of disappearing for games at a time. Lamb added some muscle over the summer and is playing with a leader’s edge he didn’t always have as a freshman, and his up-and-down production may be more due to Kentucky’s wealth of talent. Over the weekend Lamb dropped 26 points in a rout of Penn State and scored eight in a closer-than-expected win over Old Dominion.
Robbie Hummel, PF, Purdue – Hummel’s right knee is going to be examined harder than Michael Jackson’s autopsy report (too soon?), but he’s still too good not to find his way onto an NBA roster. So far in his redshirt senior season he’s staying upright and showing the skills that made him a pro prospect in the first place: Hummel scored 20 points against Temple and had 17 against Alabama over the weekend.
Mason Plumlee, PF/C, Duke – The Phoenix Suns have already drafted Robin Lopez, Taylor Griffin and Markieff Morris. So in the tradition of taking the “other” brother, bank on the Suns not getting their hands on Mason Plumlee. The best of the Plumlee trio ahead of Miles and Marshall, Mason put up 16 points and 13 rebounds against Davidson to bump his season averages to 12.3 points and 10.0 boards per game.
Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina – If you want to play an NBA Draft drinking game (and get smashed), take a swig every time an analyst mentions Barnes’ maturity and consistency and says things like, “He doesn’t do any one thing great, but he’s very good at everything.” The sophomore swingman has been a rock for the Tar Heels, posting identical 17-and-5 stat lines in his first two games, then getting 18 points and seven rebounds in Sunday’s win over Mississippi Valley State.