1. Jeff Taylor (6’7″ SF, Vanderbilt, Senior)
Strengths: Physically gifted body, strong athleticism, puts points on the board, great defender and assist guy.
Weaknesses: Not a good ball handler, small wingspan, inconsistent, age.
How he would fit the ‘Cats: Jeff Taylor flew under a lot of people’s radar this past year. A physically mature prospect that can handle his own against anyone in the country, Taylor is a fluid and talented scorer. He is deadly slashing to the rim, and his perimeter game is what makes him so feared. A true athlete that can step outside the arc and knock down the three like it’s his job, and can also stop and pop the mid-range shot. If we are looking for offense, Taylor fits the bill and with a lot of energy at that.
2. Darius Miller (6’7″ SF, Kentucky, Senior)
Strengths: Confident leader, good shooter, good ball handler, solid defender
Weaknesses: Unselfish to the point of default, average rebounder
How he would fit on the ‘Cats: Darius Miller was the 6th man for Kentucky’s impressive run to the championship. His leadership and team-first mentality would be great to have in Charlotte. Given the opportunity, Miller could start off as a role player and work his way into an energy guy off the bench. Blessed with a good blend of size and quickness at the SF position, Miller’s ability to knock down shots when called upon and his love for getting others around him involved would become infectious.
3. John Jenkins (6’4″ SG, Vanderbilt, Junior)
Strengths: Deadly shooter, great 3pt shot, young
Weaknesses: One-dimensional, only good coming off screens and without the ball, not the most gifted athlete.
How he would fit the ‘Cats: Jenkins was one of the most prolific scorers in college ranks in 2012. Jenkins wouldn’t be a starter, but would add that energy scoring punch off the bench. His game needs to be brought along and he has room for improvement, but the Bobcats could definitely use his 3-point ability in a role similar to Matt Carroll.
4. Orlando Johnson (6’5″ SG, UC Santa Barbara, Senior)
Strengths: Score from anywhere on the floor, makes difficult shots, spot up shooter, very little turnovers, 7 foot wingspan
Weaknesses: Defense, ball handling, small college
How he would fit the ‘Cats: We need a shooter. He has first round talent that could slip to us in the second round. He can penetrate and shoot the ball effectively. Has a very large wingspan. 7’0 for a 6’5 wing. If his defense strengthens, then he could guard up to 3 positions. (PG,SG,SF)
5. Kyle O’Quinn (6’10″ PF/C, Norfolk State, Senior)
Strengths: Tall, long, intelligent.
Weakness: From a small school and not an elite athlete
How he would fit the ‘Cats: He provides a lot of things the team sorely needs and has shown he can perform at a high level on a big stage. He hung 26 and 14 on #2 seed Missouri in the tournament. He isn’t the greatest athlete in the world, but he is super long and can be a productive player off the bench for any team.