Originally Posted by WVRed
I somewhat agree, although for another reason.
Dykes speculated yesterday that Wall and Cousins could be the first two picks in the NBA draft. I honestly believe Cousins has improved his draft stock significantly and if he doesn't have any blowups and can keep his temper in check, he could easily be a top 10 pick. Top 2 though?
Does any UK fans think he has made THAT MUCH of an improvement?
To be fair, Dykes' reference to UK having the most upside "of any team remaining" came after he had just identified a series of 3-4 teams that he thought were among the favorites to win an NCAA Championship.
Regarding Cousins, I absolutely think he could end up going as high as #2 overall. If you look at the NBA prospects next year, no frontcourt college player--regardless of their class--has the skillset that he possesses at this stage of his development.
Cousins is only 19 years old--but his low post moves and agility remind me of a young Kevin McHale or Hakeem Olajuwon. Unbelievable hands and body control for someone who will most likely be playing around 290lbs in the NBA.
Although he is a consistent scorer down low, he has not settled for easy buckets. Just look at what he has done to improve his free throw shooting since November.