Jordan Hulls, 6’0” Point Guard, Indiana Hoosiers.
Pure shooter, gets his stroke from his grandfather John, who was a shooting coach on Bob Knight’s Indiana staff. We’re really high on Hulls, he should be in the NBL next season. He’s a crafty, energetic, playmaker with unlimited range.
NBA Cons: Luke Ridnour may have his job.
NBL Pros: He’s like a right-handed Shane Heal without the hitch, hair or hurt.
Similar to: Luke Ridnour, Derek Rucker, Shane Heal.
Junior Cadougan, 6’1” Senior Point Guard, Marquette Golden Eagles.
Awesome name, sounds like ‘Hadouken!’. ESPN commentator Jay Bilas seems to really enjoy saying ‘Cadougan’ as much as possible when he’s calling Marquette games.
NBA Cons: Just like your first time playing Street Fighter II at the arcade, he didn’t score too well.
NBL Pros: He’s Canadian, he’ll enjoy Australia.
Similar to: Andre LaFleur, Ryu, Ken.
Sherwood Brown, 6’4” Senior Swingman, Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles.
Brown led the Eagles in points (15.5) and rebounds (6.5) during the regular season and then led their Cinderella run to the Sweet Sixteen. He gave the 2nd seed Georgetown 24 points and 9 rebounds in the opening round of the Tourney and backed it up with 17 & 7 against San Diego State.
NBA Cons: Less and less cons the further FGCU advances in the tourney.
NBL Pros: Bringing Dunk City to your town!
Similar to: Brian Wethers, A.J. Davis.
Carl Hall, 6’8” Senior Power Forward, Wichita State Shockers.
We’re big on the Wichita State Shockers, and we’re not gonna lie, it’s mostly because they’re called the Shockers. Then they really did become Shockers by giving Gonzaga the old Shocker in the tourney. One of the biggest Shockers is Carl Hall, who led the team in rebounds with 7.2 per game and his 12.8 points per game ranked second on the team.
NBA Cons: Throwing up the ‘Shocker’ is more appreciated by the NBL audience.
NBL Pros: Attended the ‘University of Shockers’ and wears goggles.
Similar to: Kendal Pinder, Sean Lampley, Benny Lewis.
Larry Drew II, 6’2” Senior Point Guard, UCLA Bruins.
The former Tar Heel and lone senior on the Bruins led the Pac-12 in assists per game with 7.7, however he averaged more dimes than points (7.3 per game).
NBA Cons: He’s not quite Larry Drew.
NBL Pros: He’s Larry Drew II.
Similar to: Darryl McDonald, Larry Drew.
Troy Daniels, 6’4” Senior Shooting Guard, Virginia Commonwealth Rams.
Flat. Out. Bomber. Put up some massive long-range shooting displays in his senior year, including a 33-point explosion on 11-of-20 three-pointers in a win against East Tennessee State. Also had nine threes for 27 points in a win over Fair Dickinson and eight triples for 24 points in a win against Old Dominion.
NBA Cons: Plenty of guys already have his job.
NBL Pros: At 6’4” shouldn’t have a problem launching bombs from the two-spot.
Similar to: Lanard Copeland, Ebi Ere.
Cashmere Wright, 6’0” Senior Point Guard, Cincinnati Bearcats.
Do we like Cashmere Wright? Damn right we like Cashmere Wright! On name alone this Bearcat is a media dream! Like all fine-textured fibers, he’s smooth, can stroke it, slash and compliment most ensembles.
NBA Cons: He’s smooth like his namesake, but is six feet enough smooth fabric to make it?
NBL Pros: You had us at Cashmere.
Similar to: Elliot Hatcher, Dontaye Draper, Chris Warren.
Travon Woodall, 6’0” Senior Point Guard, Pittsburgh Panthers.
Travon is smart. How smart you ask? Smart enough to stay in the grand Oakland Zoo for five years (freshman medical redshirt after 10 games). As a result of his extended career, his 139 games for the Panthers stands at third all-time. If you want a smart point-guard you should pursue Travon, that’s if you can extract him from the friendly confines of the Pitt campus.
NBA Cons: He’s much too smart for those college dropouts and high-school prima donnas.
NBL Pros: The New Zealand Breakers have the inside running on Woodall, as one of his Pitt team mates is the ‘little’ brother of Breakers super fan Valerie Adams.
Similar to: Ricky Grace, Bobby Hurley, Keith Smart.
Fun Fact: His high-school coach was Bob Hurley, Bobby Hurley’s old man.
A.J. Davis, 6’6” Senior Swingman, James Madison Dukes.
Back when Lefty Driesell was the coach at James Madison in the 90s a few JMU Dukes made their way to the NBL. Steve Hood, Clayton Ritter and even Bryan Edwards played a few games. Why not add A.J. Davis to the list? The big athletic swingman, finished the season on fire and led JMU to their first Colonial Athletic Association Championship and trip to the Big Dance since 1994. In the final seven games, including the CAA tournament, Davis averaged 22.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game while shooting 60% from the field and 41.3% threes.
NBA Cons: Executives might not be too excited to find out he’s a 25-year-old fifth-year senior.
NBL Pros: He dunks real nice.
Similar to: Patric Fairs, Steve Hood, Patrick Sanders.
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Marcos Knight, 6’2” Senior Rebounding Guard, Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.
At 6’2” and 216 pounds, Marcos is a strong, durable guard who incredibly led the Blue Raiders in both scoring (12.8 points per game) and rebounding with 5.8 boards per game!
NBA Cons: You can get rebounders in bigger packages in the Association.
NBL Pros: You can’t ask for much more than a 6’2” guard that grabs over five boards per game.
Similar to: Damian Martin.
Peter Pappageorge, 6’0” Senior Point Guard, Long Beach State 49ers.
With the departure of our mate Casper Ware, Peter finally got some serious burn off the bench in his senior year. He’s responded well by hustling his way to seven points per game and adding some vital tenacity.
NBA Cons: It’s mission impossible if our mate Casper Ware couldn’t crack it, then again he is two inches taller than Casper.
NBL Pros: His name is PETER PAPPAGEORGE!!! Could easily launch a line of legit supermarket frozen pizzas in Australia!
Similar to: Tony Bennett, Papa Giuseppi.
Skylar McBee, 6’3” Senior Shooting Guard, Tennessee Volunteers.
We noticed his moustache last year and we like that thing. He’s now added some senior-year growth on his chin. He’s a real life Tennessean from Knoxville with a phenomenal southern accent, he even pronounces it ‘mow-stash’.
NBA Cons: He’s not quite our gal Skylar Diggins.
NBL Pros: Did we mention his ‘mow-stash’?
Similar to: Drew Barry, Tony De Vries, Thomas Magnum.
Leonard Washington, 6’7” Senior Power Forward, Wyoming Cowboys.
His name is Leonard Washington. Where is he from? A little town called ‘None Of Your Goddamn Business’. Let’s play some ball b*tches. Leonard Washington don’t get butt naked for nobody and if you want his roll, you’re gonna have shoot him for it.
NBA Cons: Takes his dice seriously.
NBL Pros: Takes his dice seriously.
Similar to: Anthony Mason, Charles Oakley, Leonard Washington.
Fun Fact: Back in his USC days he was one of the first people to coldcock Blake Griffin’s groin.
Ryan Sypkens, 6’4” Senior Shooting Guard, UC Davis Aggies.
Excellent hi-top fade (not pictured), even better long-range stroke! Absolutely bombs from three-point land, leads the Big West in three-pointers made per game with 3.8 on a ridiculous Conference-leading 47.4%!
NBA Cons: He could be three inches from being Glen Rice.
NBL Pros: He could be the first Davis Aggie in the NBL.
Fun fact: Aggies coach and former NBA sharpshooter Jim Les, visited Australia in 1993 as part of the touring NBA Jam Session showcase and he might even know what the NBL is, but probably not.
Similar to: James Smith, Charles Thomas, Dave Thomas.