NBA Stock Watch: February, 2010


Here we go with Round 2 of the ‘Hawks in the NBA Stock Watch, a blog that tracks the movement — up or down — of the current Jayhawks who have NBA futures.

Since we last were with you, the play of a couple of Jayhawks has drastically changed where they stand with the NBA scouts. Some have moved up, others have moved down and still others have played their way into the NBA picture.

No sense pounding the ball waiting for something to happen, though.

Let’s get right into it.

COLE ALDRICH: JR., CENTER, 6-11, 245 pounds
Stock Assessment: After a stellar sophomore season at Kansas, Aldrich surprised some by returning to school for the 2009-10 season. The Bloomington, Minn., almost certainly would have been a lottery pick in last year’s draft and he entered his junior season as a sure-fire lottery pick and a preseason All-American.
Average Mock Draft Position: 6th (up from 7th in January)
Current High: 5th (
Current Low: 8th (
Overall Movement: + On The Rise + Aldrich has shaken off early-season physical and mental ailments that caused him to slip and appears to be back on his way up the NBA draft boards out there. Among the five sites used for this blog, his average position improved one spot and he was listed in the Top 8 in all five. Aldrich has returned to the form he finished his sophomore season with of late and has been playing like the beast that the Jayhawks need him to be.

Stock Assessment: Xavier came to Kansas as the school’s first legitimate threat to be a one-and-done player. He arrived on campus with an NBA-ready body and had a deadly shooting touch and natural knack for scoring to go with it. As with any player, it’s likely that another year or even two in college would help polish his all-around game, but there’s no doubt that NBA scouts are drooling over his potential already.
Average Mock Draft Position: 12th (down from 11th in January)
Current High: 7th (
Current Low: 22nd (
Overall Movement: Down Although Xavier’s positioning has only slipped one spot (from an average position of 11th to 12th), his overall stock is down. The freshman who lit it up during the non-conference portion of the schedule has struggled with his outside shot, continues to be hesistant with his drive to the bucket and even has seen his minutes decline of late. He’s still got the physical gifts that would make him a first-round pick in the June draft but he’s no longer a lock to be in the lottery, should he decide to go pro.

Stock Assessment: For all the talk of Collins leaving Kansas early last season, saying goodbye really would not have made much sense. Last year’s draft was ultra-deep for point guards and Collins, primarily because of his lack of size, had not wowed the NBA enough to guarantee himself a first-round selection. With that in mind, and with visions of a second national championship in his head, Collins returned to school for his senior season, where he entered the year as a fringe first-rounder.
Average Mock Draft Position: 32nd (same as in January)
Current High: 26th (
Current Low: 39th (
Overall Movement: • Holding Steady • For the Jayhawks, Collins’ stock has never been higher. He continues to be the go-to guy in the clutch and continues to do whatever it takes to find a way for his team to win. That’s great for his college team. But it hasn’t done much to improve his NBA stock. Collins continues to flirt with the line between first- and second-rounder but is still trending upward because he has shown great toughness, the ability to run a team, the ability to get others involved and a knack for winning.

TYSHAWN TAYLOR: SOPH., GUARD, 6-3, 180 pounds
Stock Assessment: Of the Jayhawks with the NBA on their radar, Taylor entered the season as the long shot of the bunch. There’s no doubt that someday Taylor will probably don an NBA uniform. But unless he were to turn in a monster sophomore season, it probably would not be in 2010.
Average Mock Draft Position: Incomplete (only listed on 1 of 5 boards)
Current High: 96th (
Current Low: Not Listed (,, and
Overall Movement: Down Just like Taylor’s minutes at KU, his draft stock has gone down in the past few weeks. Once a name that showed up on a handful of boards, Taylor’s is now only found on the quirky, which actually lists four rounds worth of players, despite the NBA Draft only being two rounds long. Taylor still has the skill set that makes him a likely NBA player in the future, but it appears that his off-the-court issues have dealt a blow to his stock for the time being.

MARCUS MORRIS: SOPH., FORWARD, 6-8, 225 pounds
Stock Assessment: Morris entered the season on the heels of a pretty decent freshman season but with no real designs on making a name for himself with the NBA brass for at least another season. He spent the first half of the season playing at an up-and-down pace but has taken off lately and has become one of KU’s most consistent performers night-in and night-out.
Average Mock Draft Position: Incomplete (not listed on any boards)
Current High: N/A
Current Low: Not Listed (all five boards)
Overall Movement: + On The Rise + Although his name still has not shown up on any of the mock draft boards, you can’t help but say that Morris’ stock is on the rise. He’s been one of the Jayhawks’ best players during the last month, flashing great ability both inside and out and it now seems like only a matter of time before the NBA scouts begin to take note. He’ll likely be a small forward in the NBA, so being stuck primarily in the post during college certainly won’t speed up his path to the pros. But, for the first time in his career, it now appears safe to say that Morris, someday, will be an NBA player.

Draft sites used for the player positioning portion of this blog include:,,, and


Ben Kane 8 years, 3 months ago

Marcus will probably be a late first rounder - early second by the end of this year. I don't think he goes anywhere though. He will be a lottery pick at this rate after next year and I'm sure he'd like to spend another year with his brother. Maybe he can teach him to shoot free throws during the offseason.

Chris Shaw 8 years, 3 months ago

How sweet would that be if everybody came back except Collins. WOW with a capital "W". I know it's unlikely Aldrich would come back, but holy crap that would be sweet. You pick up Josh Selby and OMG!

I know I am getting ahead of myself, but a potential 2010 Championship coupled with the above scenario could spell 3 Championships in 4 years. OMG! That would be pure ecstasy!

Matt Tait 8 years, 3 months ago

Excellent points, chuckberry32...

I think it's clear that Marcus is smart enough to realize that no matter how high his stock gets this season, one more year of working with Coach Self and Coach Manning could land him in the lottery, which would increase his earning power substantially.

The big question here to consider is if one twin would leave the other? At this point, it doesn't seem that Markieff will be drafted early so it looks as if he's a four-year guy. Would that inspire Marcus to stay all four or would he be willing to separate from his brother, whom he's spent his entire life playing ball with.

Interesting stuff to be sure. And, in time, I'm sure we'll have a story about this very topic.

Alec White 8 years, 3 months ago

Wow, doesn't really think much of Tyshawn! Considering there's only 60 selections for the NBA draft, and he's listed at 96th, I think that's their way of saying come back to school another year (and bring us another Big XII and NCAA championship while your at it).

d_prowess 8 years, 3 months ago

I totally agree that we will see Morris popping up on draft boards by the end of the year (scary that he will probably be in the same general area as Collins on the boards!). But, like has been said, there is no way he leaves after this year unless he was to do something incredible that gets him up to the top 20 range.
However, even then, I LOVE the question about whether he leaves his brother so soon. Obviously that day will come since even if they both stayed 4 years and both make it to the NBA, there is no way they get drafted by the same team. But would he do it if it means his brother is here for two more years. I don't know, but I doubt it. Leaving when his brother only has his senior year to go, is much more realistic. Again, who knows though, it seems like twins can be strangely attached at times.
Love this blog! Gets me fired up not just for this season, but watching these guys in the pros!

Drew Alan 8 years, 3 months ago

I see Marcus really exploding onto the scene next season, where he won't be competing for touches with Cole on the inside, and we won't have as much of a scoring-minded point guard in Sherron (unless CJ wins the starting point guard job next season, which I don't foresee anyway as Self seems to prefer a "point guard by committee" arrangement - Robinson/Chalmers/Collins comes to mind, as does next years likely quadruplet of Brady/Tyshawn/Tyrel/Elijah). I also think team success has a lot to do with some of these decisions. If Marcus wins a title this year, he'll be more likely to leave after his junior season, as there won't be much left for him to do in the college ranks.

sherron4life 8 years, 3 months ago

Bill Self has already said that Marcus Morris will not play the 4 in the NBA so i think we have a good shot at having him 4 years cuz he is know where close to being ready to play the 3.. I think Tyshawn stays 4..but x and cole are gone for sure, we will still be a solid top 25 team next year if marc morris keeps this up.

d_prowess 8 years, 3 months ago

dsmith, I commend you for thinking CJ will be here next year. I personally think that if his brother goes at the end of the year, there is a good chance he goes too. I don't know why, but I just have a feeling that he will follow Xav and end up being an "assistant" for him while he is in the NBA.

Omegatron 8 years, 3 months ago

"sherron4life (anonymous) says...

but x and cole are gone for sure."

Although it's every player's dream to reach the NBA. Going in the lottery is a much bigger deal then just being drafted in the first round.

"Although Xavier’s positioning has only slipped one spot (from an average position of 11th to 12th), his overall stock is down. The freshman who lit it up during the non-conference portion of the schedule has struggled with his outside shot, continues to be hesitant with his drive to the bucket and even has seen his minutes decline of late. He’s still got the physical gifts that would make him a first-round pick in the June draft but he’s no longer a lock to be in the lottery, should he decide to go pro."

I believe X stays, works on his game, and improves his stock value.

sherron4life 8 years, 3 months ago

ya well with his recent struggles his stock has yet to drop...I also talked to Dana O neil on one of those live chat things and she says with his nba body and pure potenital she says it is very slim he comes back..dont get me wrong im praying he comes back and it would be the smarter thing to do, but i feel like he thinks hes a 1 and done player.

Omegatron 8 years, 3 months ago

His stock may not have dropped. But unless he's guaranteed to go in the lottery, he would be receiving very bad advice if he goes into the draft this year. The amount of money he would make at a lottery position would more then make up for another year in college.

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