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NBA AM: Hoopsworld
The brightest of the bunch is Oklahoma State's James Anderson, who has a very "James Harden" kind of game. Anderson is a legit 6'6 and can shoot the hell out of the basketball from just about anywhere on the floor. Anderson has a solid handle with the basketball and can play in the paint with the big boys if needed. Anderson is a deep-threat two guard and could be a perfect fit for a team like Chicago or San Antonio.

In the following article, Chad Ford says Jeremy Lin is not NBA ready. There is also a touching piece about Stanley Robinson. The Las Vegas combine numbers were released as well. Dwayne Collins had the longest wingspan, standing reach, and the most bench press reps (23). Craig Brackins could only mustard 8 reps. Collins was also quicker than Craig Brackins and Devin Eubanks in the 3/4 sprint (he wasn't too far behind Lance Stephenson, Manny Harris and James Anderson either). Out of the group Avery Bradley dominated the lane agility and 3/4 sprint.

NBA draft 2010: Questions remain for Stanley Robinson, Devin Ebanks at Vegas workouts - ESPN Insider
Miami's [Dwayne] Collins gets the award for the most extreme measurements I've ever seen. Collins measured 6-6½ in socks yet sported an incredible 7-4 wingspan. I went back and checked our database of measurements from the NBA pre-draft camp and I believe he has the largest disparity ever (9½ inches) between his height and wingspan.

Collins isn't the most skilled big man you'll find, but he's a very good athlete and tries to rip down the rim on every possession. He goes at the basket so strong that players were yelling "Watch your head, Dwayne!" when he'd go up for a dunk. They weren't kidding. A couple of times he almost dinged his forehead on the rim.

In the next article, Doug Gottlieb ranks the possible draftees. Here are a few noteworthy rankings: Greg Monroe breaks the top 3, Luke Babbitt and Gordon Hayward enter the top 10, Larry Sanders is within the top 15, plus Daniel Orton and Donatas Motiejunas fall to the 20s.

Ranking the NBA draft's best players - ESPN Insider
#26. Craig Brackins, Iowa State - His numbers shrunk, and his draft spot has clearly gotten worse, but Brackins has improved as a basketball player in the past year.

He played against a double-team or sagging man-to-man all year and in actuality, he is much better facing up than posting up. Brackens is big and skilled and though not a great or even really a good athlete, his pick-and-pop game, post-up game and ability to score points makes him valuable. If he were a better athlete, he might be a starter and a lottery pick this year, but his David West-type of game only helps if you have a Chris Paul alongside you.

Yannis Koutroupis pulls together a list of second round studs. This list includes Jordan Crawford, Craig Brackins, Jarvis Varnado, Sherron Collins, Quincy Pondexter, Dwayne Collins, Jerome Jordan, Mikhail Torrence, and Trevor Booker.

NBA Draft Weekly: 2nd Round Studs - Hoopsworld
Jerome Jordan – 7'0, 250 lbs. Center - Every single year at Tulsa Jerome Jordan improved. He put in a lot of work and effort into becoming one of the best big men in college basketball as a senior. He's not going to take the league over like a Dwight Howard, but for a team that needs size and strength he's a great fit. Offensively Jordan has developed several nice moves that will serve as his bread-and-butter. His biggest impact will be made on the defensive end though where his presence will greatly aid in protecting the rim. Considering the yearly improvements he's made up to this point it's not outlandish to think he could still get better.

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D.J. White Camp: Oklahoma City Thunder player and Tuscaloosa native D.J. White will host his 2010 Basketball Camp May 31 through June 3 at Shelton State Community College from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ages 7-17. Cost is $100. For more information, all 205-246-1686 or 205-534-0650.