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12-15-2009, 09:33 AM
ESPN Chad Ford (http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?name=nba_draft) (Insider)
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Posted by Chad Ford

Of all the prospects to scout, freshmen are the hardest. Except for a small handful who dominate right away, it takes a keen eye to see how a player might project out into the future.

Insider spoke with a number of NBA sources to find out which freshmen are hot and which are slipping on NBA draft boards.

Elias Harris, F, Gonzaga

Harris has been terrific in the early going for the Zags. Harris wasn't the most highly touted prospect coming into the season. He had fans, especially among the NBA's international scouts, but no one expected him to do so much, so early for Gonzaga. Harris, who plays with frenetic energy, played to rave reviews at the Maui Invitational in late November after he showed the ability to play both the 3 and the 4. He's followed that with two big games against Washington State and Davidson and cracked our top 30 for the first time this season.

12-15-2009, 09:44 AM
Harris is now projected to be a mid-1st round pick in 2011 at draftexpress.com.

12-15-2009, 01:27 PM
Does he provide any feedback for Gaddy and our little sister on the west side?

12-15-2009, 01:39 PM
Does he provide any feedback for Gaddy and our little sister on the west side?The column is mostly about freshmen, but he does note that Quincy Poindexter has inched up into late lottery pick position. He sees him as the Brandon Roy of this year's draft.

He also says,
Over the years I've pretty much ignored college players who were 5-foot-10 or shorter. Any player under 6-feet will struggle to make it in the league -- regardless of talent. Washington's Nate Robinson was a rare exception. And now another product of the Huskies, Isaiah Thomas, may end up following in his footsteps.

Like Robinson, Thomas has explosive athletic ability and a good body. He's also more of a scorer than a point guard -- a trait that has complicated Robinson's career in the NBA.

While scouts have rarely said much about Thomas, they have begun talking about him in more positive terms of late. While his draft stock is still a question mark, the fact that he's even in the conversation at 5-8 tells you something about what a terrific player he has become.