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How did our Friday NCAA prospects to watch do?

Mar 19, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT


Today you should check out our Thursday prospects column again, basically everyone on that list is playing again on Saturday. But here’s a quick recap of Friday, first.

Kyrie Irving, 6’2” guard, Duke: Well, that was impressive. He played just 20 minutes in his first game in three months, and he scored 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting and he controlled the flow of the game when he was in. Yes, it was against lesser competition, and it will be interesting to see how he adjusts as the teams and opposing PGs gets better. But he looked like a guy you take No. 1.

Nolan Smith, 6’3” guard, Duke: He was solid in this game — 9 points on 3-of-7 shooting, he had 7 assists and his team won big.

Jared Sullinger, 6’8” power forward, Ohio State: Texas-San Antonio sagged their zone way down, tried to take Sullinger out of the game. And it kind of worked, Ohio State took 24 three pointers (hit half of them) and just shot over the top. Sullinger still had 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting and 9 boards. And he still looked like a man among boys against UTSA.

Harrison Barnes, 6’8” small forward, North Carolina: His stat line — 24 points 16 boards — looks good, but there are two issues here. One, the level of competition was not that good and North Carolina rolled up triple digit points. More of an issue was Barnes going 2-for-10 from three, he kept shooting and some of the looks were questionable. But curious to see what he does against better competition.

John Henson, 6’10” power forward, North Carolina: He had 28 points and 11 boards and looked very efficient, hitting 10-of-16 and getting to the line for 10 free throws. Again, as we said about Barnes, don’t read too much into this one game because of the level of competition.

Marcus Morris, 6’9” power forward, Kansas: He finished with 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting and added 9 boards. Showed his athleticism with a sweet reverse dunk.

Derrick Williams, 6’8” forward, Arizona: He may have been the most impressive player on Friday — 22 points on 11 shots and a game-winning block. He was knocking down threes and attacking the paint and drawing contact. He may have helped his stock.

  1. fanoredsox - Mar 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    What is it with Duke players and injured toes?

  2. jamesjones12 - Mar 19, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    I dont understand how you can say both duke players plus sullinger and morris all looked impressive and the two from north carolina looked good but dont read into it because it was against poor opponents. if i remember correctly duke, Ku, and osu are all #1 seeds which means they are playing softer comp that wht north carolina played.

  3. hoops99 - Mar 19, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Kurt: You are a clown. Nolan Smith did not injure his toe in the Hampton game, and is not questionable for the next round. “Kyle” Irving does not exist. Nice reporting.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 19, 2011 at 5:26 PM

      I wrote this late at night and made some stupid mistakes. They have been corrected.

  4. thestudiokida - Mar 20, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    College basketball sucks.

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