Kidd-Gilchrist Moving Past Barnes in Draft?
We are about a month away from the end of the college basketball regular season, and while things still remain solid at the very top for Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, the rest of the Top 5 remains very much in flux.
A quick look around the league shows five other players — North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, UConn’s Andre Drummond, Kansas’ Thomas Robinson, Baylor’s Perry Jones and Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist — in contention for the No. 2 spot in the draft.
Of the group, Kidd-Gilchrist is the most recent to make the jump into the Top 5. We’ve been singing his praises all year, and it looks like a number of general managers are getting on board with the idea of Kidd-Gilchrist as a top pick in the draft.
As we’ve noted before, Kidd-Gilchrist is in direct contention with Barnes for the distinction of the top wing off the board. Barnes continues to prove he can put the ball in the basket. He had 27 points against Virginia Tech and 23 versus Georgia Tech in the past week. Barnes’ 3-point shooting remains a sizzling 45 percent for the season. Though his rebounding and assist numbers continue to be weak, Barnes looks more and more like a sure thing with his scoring ability.