4 Future Pros You May Not Know
Durand Scott, PG/SG, Miami – In today’s NBA, a guard’s ability to get to the free-throw line is probably more important than his ability to hit a mid-range jumper or defend his man one-on-one. Scott, a 6-4 junior who played with Kemba Walker in high school, makes about 80 percent of his shots from the stripe and spends a lot of time there. In a win over Boston College, Scott had 16 points, six rebounds and six assists, with all of his points coming at the free-throw line. He went 0-for-6 from the field and 16-for-18 at the line.
Hollis Thompson, SF, Georgetown – After hitting a deep three with 1.8 seconds left to beat Alabama earlier in the week, Thompson dropped six more treys as the Hoyas had a much easier time with N.J.I.T. “Hollywood” is a smooth scorer at 6-8 who is averaging 15.0 points per game on 56 percent shooting from the field in his first year as Georgetown’s top offensive option.
Meyers Leonard, C, Illinois – You could have watched the Big Ten Network religiously last season and still missed Leonard. The 7-footer played less than 10 minutes per game as a freshman and averaged two points a night, yet he was still named to USA Basketball’s U19 squad for the World Championships. After playing well against the international competition, this season Leonard is putting up 13.4 points, 6.6 boards and 2.9 blocks for the Fighting Illini (8-0), including a 21-point, six-rebound effort against Gonzaga.
Will Barton, SG, Memphis – From a distance, Memphis games look like a fast-moving gaggle of arms and legs and headbands and dunks and layups and threes. But if you look closely, you’ll notice Barton is the one guy finishing more plays than the rest. The 6-6 sophomore posted 22 points, 13 rebounds and six assists against Austin Peay, and for the seasons leads the Tigers in scoring (18.2 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg).