Saturday, 10 February 2018 21:57 Written by Steven Gibson
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DRAFTSTUDS 2022 Draft Preview


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Kansas State point guard Julius Atherton is believed by many to be the best player available in the 2022 OBWL Rookie Draft.

Draftstuds has worked extensively with league scouts and draft combine officials to bring an in-depth analysis of this years draft hopefuls. In this 1st editon we take a look at the top 20 ranked players and give our insights on the players futures and try to predict where they will fall in the draft. And now enjoy the first glimps into what may be the deepest draft in OBWL history.

 

NAME: Julius Atherton

RANK: 1st

POSITION: Point Guard

DRAFTSTUDS PREDICTION: 1st overall pick

A lightning quick 19 year old freshman out of Kansas State Julius Atherton looks destined to be the number 1 pick of the 2022 rookie draft. Compared to other point guards in the draft Atherton had a relatively quite college season but it is thought that Atherton has a higher ceiling than other point guards of the rookie class potentially becoming an elite defender on the perimeter and great distributor. There are very few flaws in Atherton's game, however it has been noticed that Atherton's stamina is noticeably weak, often looking gased during games. At 19 years old conditioning is definitely a priority.

 

NAME: Charles Simpson

RANK: 2nd

POSITION: Point Guard

DRAFTSTUDS PREDICTION: 3rd overall pick

Charles Simpson is in fantastic physical condition and ready to play big minutes in the pros. Ability wise, Simpson is still very raw and like most kids in the draft will be selected on potential and will suit a team on the long road to success. Looks destined to handle the rock like a god and drain buckets from every spot on the court. Simpson's biggest knock as a point guard is his lack of vision as a creator for others though at just 19 years old and already at 6'3" there is huge potential for this kid to grow an inch or 2 and become an elite shooting guard at both ends of the court.

 

NAME: Luitpold Hippeli

RANK: 3rd

POSITION: Small Forward

DRAFTSTUDS PREDICTION: Top 5

Luitpold Heppeli is listed as a small forward but standing at 6'6" and being a natural perimeter defender and shying away from grabbing boards Heppeli will most likely spend most of his early career in the 2 guard role. As you would expect from an 18 year old Heppeli is very raw but his room for growth as a perimeter defender and scorer, particularly in the paint is massive especially if he grows 2 or 3 inches. Walked away from his college season with Texas Christian averaging an impressive 19.2 ppg and more than 4 rebounds.

 

NAME: Roger Desfontaines

RANK: 4th

POSITION: Power Forward

DRAFTSTUDS PREDICTION: Top 10

Roger Desfontaines is that dude that Draftstuds is just gonna have to hate on. Desfontaines at the tender age of 18 is so unfit that he literally carries around his own oxygen bottle in case of respiratory failure. Regarded as potentially becoming an elite post defender and interior scorer as well as being a seriously good rebounder it will be interesting, if not amusing to see if this 7 foot giant ever reaches that potential or burns the general manager brave enough to select him. Draftstuds thinks Desfontaines will slide possibly out of the top 10 as GM's chose the safe route.

 

NAME: Edward Baranowski

RANK: 5

POSITION: Small Forward

DRAFTSTUDS PREDICTION: Top 10

Edward Baranowski is another of those guys that needs a bit of a wake up call to get his body in shape and may take some time to build up the gas tank needed to play big minutes in the pros. If Baranowski can get his body right there is a big chance he will turn into 1 of the great 2 way small forwards in the OBWL but it will take the right GM to invest heavily on a conditioning program and then hope to re-sign the project small forward to finish of the work.

 

NAME: John Weatheford

RANK: 6th

POSITION: Center

DRAFTSTUDS PREDICTION: 2nd overall pick

The Maryland freshman is a favourite at Draftstuds. This type of big man just don't grow on trees. A super physical center with a great sense around the offensive basket and the desire to become an elite defender Weatherford looks like the most well rounded player in the draft and easily the best big man to come out of college. If point guards weren't the most sort after type in the game Weatherford would be our number 1 pick but at the very least Charles Flowers may have found his match.

 

NAME: Lynwood Emmert

RANK: 7th

POSITION: Small Forward

DRAFTSTUDS PREDICTION: Top 10

Lynwood Emmert. What a seriously weird dude. Listed as a lightning quick 6'6" post defender that refuses to grab defensive rebounds or play defense on the arc and cannot pass the ball. It's a very odd combination that would have Emmert constantly out matched by size if he evolves as a small forward as predicted. Lynwood Emmert is elite physically and a dynamite scorer so hopefully that eases the stress caused at the other end.

 

NAME: Jeffery Cluff

RANK: 8th

POSITION: Point Guard

DRAFTSTUDS PREDICTION: Top 20

Draftstuds first big slider, it can be assumed Cluff will slide well beyond his college ranking to somewhere around the 20's. He looks like 1 hell of a perimeter defender but that talent may be diminished by his slow reactions and quickness. Will definitely find a place in the league, possibly as an undersized shooting guard as he looks like a nice 3 and D type at that spot.

 

NAME: David Lorenzen

RANK: 9th

POSITION: Shooting Guard

DRAFTSTUDS PREDICTION: Top 15

David Lorenzen is 1 of few early 1st rounders that will be drafted on current ability. Already a very good defender that loves to grab boards Lorenzen would hope to find himself drafted by a team that is almost ready to compete. Not the greatest physical specimen but should be a very tidy well rounded player who has very few serious flaws in his game.

 

NAME: Irving Silas

RANK: 10

POSITION: Shooting Guard

DRAFTSTUDS PREDICTION: Top 10

Despite Silas lack of conditioning Draftstuds just cant go passed that scoring potential. Based on Silas's potential as a pure scorer and his ball handling skills Irving Silas could end up being 1 of the best scorers the league has seen. Offers very little besides a ton of points but we can't place him outside the top 10 considering he's just 19 years old and will electrify fans if he gets even close to ceiling. As a 19 year old out of Seton Hall Silas pumped in a staggering 17.3 points per 36 mins.

 

NAME: Chester Rangel

RANK: 11th

POSITION: Power Foward

DRAFTSTUDS PREDICTION: Top 10

Straight out of Boston College this 6'9" power forward will clean the glass all night long potentially becoming 1 of the best rebounders in the league as his college stats suggests grabbing 9.1 rebounds per 36 minutes. Rangel also has a mean inside game on the offensive end and the athleticism to pinch hit at the small forward position which may be the ideal position for him considering his lack of defensive weapons but his inside scoring, sweet jumpshot and steady head at the free throw line should make Chester a sort after prospect.

 

NAME: Dorian Geis

RANK: 12th

POSITION: Point Guard

DRAFTSTUDS PREDICTION: Top 20

If a scoring point guard is what you desire, Dorian Geis is your man. Geis has good potential to become a long range bomber and slasher. Geis possesses supreme athletic ability that will greatly enhance his ability to get to the rim and lay it in. Dorian does other things nicely but his lack of dedication on the defensive end and his shoot first mentality are not hugely desirable traits in the OBWL so for this reason Draftstuds predicts a bit of a slide at the selection table despite being a very good scoring threat.

 

NAME: Joshua Bierman

RANK: 13th

POSITION: Center

DRAFTSTUDS PREDICTION: Top 25

Who wants a center that loves guarding the perimeter, loves grabbing offensive boards and scoring in the paint? Who wants a center that has no jumpshot, hates grabbing defensive boards and playing defense in the post and is not veristile enough to play out of position? That's about all we have to say about this 19 year old prospect out of Utah. Slider.

 

NAME: Ben Bonilla

RANK: 14th

POSITION: Center

DRAFTSTUDS PREDICTION: Top 15

Big question mark over this guys height considering he is listed as center and stands at just 6'8". That's small forward hieght but Bonilla doesn't possess a long range game or the handles to be that kind of player. Keeping him close to the rim as an undersized power forward maybe the way to go with Bonilla. Forgetting his height he is an extremely well rounded player that thrives on the physical contest in the paint at both ends of the floor. For Seton Hall Bonilla averaged a double-double per 36 minutes and 4.6 blocks suggesting that he is ready to go as perhaps the most evolved talent in both ability and condition.

 

NAME: Udo Bach

RANK: 15th

POSITION: Power Forward

DRAFTSTUDS PREDICTION: Top 10

Udoooooo. Draftstuds loves Udo Bach. Uniquely gifted athletically Udo can run all day, do parkour all day and maybe even bench press small cars. He looks like a great prospect to swing between small and power forward. A viscous defender in the paint as well as a good enough scorer Bach looks a likely sort for a team that is close to embarking on a successful run.

 

NAME: Bertram Hayes

RANK: 16th

POSITION: Point Guard

DRAFTSTUDS PREDICTION: Top 15

Bertram Hayes is quite a nice propect and is close to reaching his full potential choosing to stay in school and declaring as a senior. The Mississippi State phenom is 1 of the most gifted ball handlers and distributors in the class and has absolutely no problems standing on the arc splashing 3's if you let him. Hayes will play a role on defense but wont have a huge impact and it would be nice if he were a little taller and quicker but does look the type to have an instant impact in games and given the chance may take out the rookie of the year award.

 

NAME: Wallace Briseno

RANK: 17th

POSITION: Center

DRAFTSTUDS PREDICTION: Top 15

The number 1 shot blocker and rebounder in the class Wallace Briseno is all defense! Averaging 14.1 rebounds, 5 blocks and 7.6 points per 36 minutes for Villanova, this 7'0" defender was a beast. We don't think those number will transpire into the OBWL but rest assured this guy is that anchor type that a lot of teams would love to have. Will add a nice little scoring touch to any team that he joins also.

 

NAME: Marvin Reeves

RANK: 18th

POSITION: Power Forward

DRAFTSTUDS PREDICTION: Top 25

Reeves does possess a nice outside game for a big man. The 21 year old has no problem stepping back for the jumper and spots up from 3 well for a 6'10" dude. A decent rebounder and ok defender Reeves would be a steal in most drafts if he went pick 10. This draft is different however, given the depth Reeves will be a great pickup somewhere in the 20's.

 

NAME: Barry Crosby

RANK: 19th

POSITION: Point Guard

DRAFTSTUDS PREDICTION: Top 30

Unfortunately guys like this sneak into the top 20 and we have to talk about them so here goes. Way to slow to be a point guard so will have to play shooting guard where he might make some nice shots from range and spot up some shooters in the open but doesn't really have enough weapons to be a big threat. Thank god that's over.

 

NAME: Andrew Culbertson

RANK: 20th

POSITION: Power Forward

DRAFTSTUDS PREDICTION: Top 20

Here is a guy that we don't mind talking about. 1 of few players in this draft that has the physical capabilities to play both forward roles and the strength to play center. It's quite impressive considering he is just 18 years old and already a monsterous 6'11", Culbertson could be that lanky dude that every GM want's playing in the small forward position. He lacks handles and a long range game but could be huge as a defensive stopper and inside scorer. His gas tank needs a mountain of work but Andrew Culbertson is definitely a fascinating prospect.

 

 

 

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0 #1 Eric Stelle 2018-02-10 23:36
Methinks the writer has a preference for the PG position... :lol:
 

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