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Old 06-29-2012, 07:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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BC gets pretty good grades for draft choices

Found this at Realgm.


USA TODAY: Toronto Raptors: B-

"Washington guard Terrence Ross was a low-risk pick, but there were better wings available at No. 8. Baylor forward Quincy Acy, picked 37th has athleticism and energy that could make him a valuable contributor off the bench. Croatian forward Tomislav Zubcic, 56th, was a stowaway project who likely will never play in the NBA. Overall, a ho-hum draft that gets a ho-hum grade."

NBADRAFT.NET: Toronto Raptors: A

"Toronto clearly went with the guy who they thought was the best on the board. Ross has so many NBA qualities that it's easy to understand how they could pass on Austin Rivers. Ross was one of our favorite players and could become the top SG from this year's class. He should turn out to be an excellent pick for the Raptors, blending with Demar Derozan at the 2/3 positions. Quincy Acy also has a lot of likeable qualities with a high motor and a huge wingspan."

CBSSPORTS.COM: Toronto Raptors: A-

"Terrence Ross (8): It's a reach, there's no question. But Jeremy Lamb's not really a small forward, and Harkless was more of a reach. Ross fills the need and shoots, the weakness in DeRozan's game. It's a good fit, even if it's a bit early. Moving down would have raised the grade.

Quincy Acy (37): They love hard-hustling guys in Toronto, and that's Acy. We'll see if he can convert it to production. They loved Reggie Evans who was similar.

Tomislav Zubic (56): When he wins the Raptors a title, the headline will be "Zubic circonium!," right?"

SPORTING NEWS: Toronto Raptors (ungraded)

"Ross is a big shooter, but heís not an elite shooter. Doron Lamb and John Jenkins will convert deep NBA shots at a much higher rate, but neither has Rossí height, length or jumping ability. Lamb and Jenkins donít play much of the game above the rim; Ross does. That allows scouts to project that he can grow into a strong wing scorer as his jumper matures into a more dangerous weapon.

Ross has a lovely, compact stroke. But for someone who has a rep as a shooter and who took plenty of deep shots, he didnít hit even 38 percent in either of his two college seasons. And he only shot 77 percent from the foul line. Lamb and Jenkins would weep at those numbers.

Ross is a solid, defensible pick. But until he polishes that jumpshot into something fearsome, he might struggle to see the floor."

FOX SPORTS: Toronto Raptors (ungraded)

"The Raptors look at this as their second lottery pick, with last year's pick Jonas Valanciunas set to join them. With him in the fold, Toronto felt like they could pass on the tumbling Andre Drummond and take one of the draft's most athletic wingmen in Ross. He was trapped on a dysfunctional Washington team last year, so many folks didn't get a chance to see just how good Ross really is. He has remarkably deep range on his jumper and he loves to get out and run on the break. Think of him as a high-character, smarter, defensive-minded, doesn't-fade-away-on-every-jumper-for-no-reason J.R. Smith. Strong pick."

YAHOO SPORTS: Toronto Raptors (ungraded)

"Mike Huguenin's Analysis: Ross went much higher than most expected. He is athletic and offense-minded, and the Raptors need scorers. He is 6-foot-6, but needs to add weight (heís only 190) and strength. Can he play defense against NBA perimeter guys?"

ESPN, Chad Ford: Toronto Raptors (ungraded)

"An interesting pick for the Raptors. Toronto wanted a shooter to pair with DeMar DeRozan, and Ross is a good shooter and a terrific athlete. A bit of a reach here. I like Ross, but just didn't quite see him in this range. -- Chad Ford"

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