As the Detroit Pistons work towards the June 28th draft, there are plenty of mock drafts floating around the world-wide web. After browsing through a few of them, there seems to be two logical choices for the Pistons at the number nine spot, according to many of the drafts. Either John Henson from the University of North Carolina or Jared Sullinger from The Ohio State University. First, here are some stats on Henson.
From the North Carolina website:
“Averaged 11.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game – third Tar Heel to average a double-double in the last 13 seasons and the 16th to ever accomplish that • Named the top defensive player in the country by Fox Sports.com and Yahoo! Sports • Won ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors, the first Tar Heel to win that award • USBWA all-district selection • Led the ACC in blocks (3.2) and was second in rebounding (10.1) • Was seventh in the nation in blocks • Led the Tar Heels in rebounding and blocks and was third in scoring at 11.7 ppg • Scored in double figures 26 times, including 15 of 19 ACC games • Shot 50.6 percent from the floor in ACC games, fourth-best in the league • Grabbed 10 or more rebounds 21 times with a career-high 18 against Duke in the ACC final • Tied the second-most double-figure rebound games in a season by a Tar Heel (Billy Cunningham had 22 in 1964 and 21 in 1963 and Antawn Jamison had 21 in 1998) • Pulled down 15 or more rebounds five times • Posted 18 double-doubles, including nine straight through the regional semifinal, the longest streak by a Tar Heel since Cunningham had 10 in a row in 1965 • Was 11th nationally in double-doubles.”
Here is a list of awards Sullinger has won over the last two years.
“Consensus All-American First Team (2011, 2012)
NABC All-American First Team (2011, 2012)
AP All-American First Team (2011, 2012)
USBWA All-American First Team (2011, 2012)
USBWA National Freshman of the Year (2011)
Sporting News All-American First Team (2011, 2012)
All-Big Ten First Team (Coaches) (2011, 2012)
All-Big Ten First Team (Media) (2011, 2012)
Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player (2011)
Big Ten All-Tournament Team (2011, 2012)
Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Coaches) (2011)
Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Media) (2011)
All-Big Ten Freshman Team (2011)
Sullinger averaged 17.5 points per game and 9.9 rebounds per game. Sullinger is six-foot nine and averaged recorded 13 double-doubles.
I believe that this decision comes down to if the Pistons want offensive or defense. I believe they should pick Henson because of his height and his defensive abilities. Henson is also six eleven and should be able to play well with Greg Monroe. He isn’t too bad on offensive either and posted 18 double-doubles. He should be the pick the Pistons choose.
Sullinger would be a solid choice too but for different reasons. He is undersized but I think he could play well because of his aggressiveness. He has put big numbers up in one of the biggest college conferences in the nation. If the Pistons picked Sullinger I wouldn’t mind but the one thing I question is his size. But he would be playing power forward with the Pistons so it could work well.
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