Does wearing a UK jersey make you a prospect? I see no big difference between the guys on Calipari's payroll and the young guns at Arizona for example, except that the AZ guys are actually winning.
I spent the weekend down in Honolulu watching the Arizona players at the Diamond Head classic. Nick Johnson, Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett and Kaleb Tarczewski all have NBA potential. But none of those guys are lottery picks this year. Johnson is the most NBA ready right now. Terrific athlete, fearless scorer and may have made the block of the year to beat San Diego State yesterday. But he doesn't have a natural position in the NBA -- he's a 6-2 shooting guard. Tarczewski has the most long-term NBA potential in that he's an athletic 7 footer, but he's still very raw. Ashley is a NBA athlete all the way, but he also lacks a defined position and can disappear for long stretches. Jerrett is a stretch four who can really shoot it, but he's got to contribute in other ways as well. So while I really like these young Arizona prospects, hard to compare them to the UK kids right now.
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