SI.com: NBA Draft tipoff, college baseball, Dempsey goal sends U.S. to Rose Bowl
Kemba Walker was a stud at UConn, but one SI analyst questions whether he can be a powerhouse in the NBA.
June 23rd, 2011
12:41 PM ET

SI.com: NBA Draft tipoff, college baseball, Dempsey goal sends U.S. to Rose Bowl

With just hours before the 2011 NBA Draft kicks off in New Jersey's Prudential Center, speculation continues about the fate of this year's class. Will Jimmer Fredette experience a major falloff in the pros? Will Kemba Walker be able to mold his skill set into one that is valuable in the NBA?

SI.com's Seth Davis offers up a collective scouting report on 40 of this year's draft prospects. Player breakdowns include:

– "Kyrie Irving, 6-4 freshman point guard, Duke. Just a great kid. He has only an 11-game body of work, but he has an incredible ability to get in the lane. He's a pass-first point guard, but he can also score. He's not a freak athletically like Derrick Rose or Russell Westbrook. His game is more of the Chris Paul variety, but I don't know if he'll be that good. His lateral mobility is probably his biggest question."

– "Kemba Walker, 6-1 junior point guard, UConn. People seem to have him in pretty high company, but I don't see that. I think he's a backup, so how do you take a backup in the top 10? He reminds me of Ben Gordon, and not in a good way. I see him as a point guard, and that's the problem: When your point guard is leading you in shot attempts, you wonder if he's Allen Iverson or Brandon Jennings. Those aren't winning point guards; they're just small guards who can score."

Up tonight:

Virginia Cavaliers vs. California Bears (7 ET) –  The Cavs and Bears will face off tonight in a College World Series elimination game.

By the numbers

77th - Minute during which Clint Dempsey scored the lone goal in the U.S. Gold Cup match against Panama. The U.S. will now face Mexico in Saturday's championship match in Pasadena, California.

9 – Number of runners the North Carolina Tar Heels left on base during their 5-1 loss against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the College World Series.

3 - Number of home runs Chris Heisey hit in the Cincinnati Reds' 10-2 home win over the New York Yankees during a doubleheader. The first game went to the Yankees, 4-2.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Peter

    Here's a mock NBA draft http://bit.ly/kaSTNJ – will be interesting to see how it plays out. What kind of pro will Jimmer be ? Really tough call.

    June 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. HotinArizona

    FACT CHECK... Clint Dempsey scored the US goal in the 77th minute on a laser pass from Donovan...Stop being so frickin sloppy and lazy CNN...

    June 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Rooster Cogburn

    Apes playing sports! Interesting.

    June 23, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. L. Ron Howard

    Apes for sure.

    June 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Joe Moore

    Lets go Vandy!

    June 23, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. HotinArizona

    Thanks for giving "Duece" his props yo!

    June 23, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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