Two big men who at best will be grabbed in the second round of the NBA Draft have decided to forgo their senior seasons to enter the NBA Draft.
New Mexico’s Alex Kirk and Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes both declared for the draft on Friday.
Kirk is going to get a long look from NBA teams, said PBT’s draft expert Ed Isaacson of NBADraftBlog.com and Rotoworld. The reason is simple — skilled 7-footers are hard to come by. (Even if he’s a 7-footer in the Dwight Howard sense as he measured at 6’9.5” reports DraftExpress.)
Last season Kirk averaged 13.3 points a game shooting 49 percent, he does good work off the game and can knock down midrange jumpers. He’s not built for banging inside with the men of the NBA, but in the right system maybe he can find a spot.
He’s the kind of guy worth a second round gamble in case he develops.
Stokes will be a late second round guy and he comes with an NBA body — 6’9” weighting 260. He can bang inside. He can finish around the rim and runs the floor well, getting out in transition. What he does best is rebound — the one skill set that transitions most smoothly from college to the NBA.
He’s another guy a team may take a gamble on, thinking he could grow into fitting what they do, but Isaacson told PBT he has a lot of work to do on his game to stick at the next level.