LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 15: Royce White #30 of the Iowa State Cyclones dunks in the second half against the Connecticut Huskies during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
It's time for the second matchup in the second round of the tournament. We truly have two "tweeners" going up against each other here. We have Royce White who has some issues, but has pure potential to be a star. Then we have a senior from Michigan State in Draymond Green who would be a great player off the bench. Green barely squeaked by Moe Harkless, while White obliterated Andrew Nicholson in voting. This sure looks like this could be a very close matchup in the polls. Check out after the jump my analysis of both prospects.
Who do you want to move on to the semifinals?
As mentioned earlier, this is a battle of "tweeners" as scouts call them. White and Green can play both small forward and power forward on the next level. The Pacers could surely use a player who is versatile and can score when he's fed the ball in the second unit. One of these players might even take over for Danny Granger or David West once they leave or retire. These two will probably make an immediate impact right away if they are picked by the Pacers. This looks like it will be a great matchup. Now, let's get to this big matchup in the second round.
Here's the tale of the tape for White vs. Green:
Royce White: Very bouncy player who can jump out of the gym. He can explode to the rim with some flash. White can handle the ball like a point guard too. He's really a true point-forward. White could slip to the Pacers at 26 with his red flags. He has anxiety issues that includes a fear of flying, but if he slips this far the Pacers might have to take the risk.
White needs to improve his mid-range jumper and has to develop a three-point shot. He gets a lot of his shots blocked near the rim. Royce will need to have more air on his shot to avoid that. White also turns the ball over a lot. He turned it over four times per game at Iowa State, but it could be just because he had to be the team's main ball handler.
Also, Royce is a very average defender. He lets a lot of players drive past him with ease. White seems to put all of his efforts in on the offensive end.
The Cyclone product use to play at Minnesota, but had to transfer due to his criminal history. He said he's a changed man, but you never know. We don't want another incident like Stephen Jackson at the club.
If Royce slips to 26 he could be a big risk, but if his red flag history has vanished, he could be a great player.
Here are a few videos of White's strength (athleticism) and weakness (defense) :
If Royce could improve his defense he could be a spectacular player in the NBA. If he puts all of his effort into defense as well, we could be looking at an all-star.
White fits well if he's picked by the Pacers. His leaping ability and scoring would be fun to watch at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. I don't think Royce would take Danny's job, but he would be one good apprentice. I could see him eventually being a 20 plus point scorer a game.
Now, we get to Draymond Green. He's a proven winner and can do every thing on the basketball court. He can become a leading scorer, rebounder, or just lead the team down the floor with his ball handling skills.
I had the Pacers picking Green in my first mock draft but with this tournament, i'm having you all decide who will be picked in the next mock draft.
Green has great leadership. He was known to lead the team in the locker room at some points to fire his team up. Also, Draymond has a solid inside-out game. He can post you up or hit the three-pointer. Great pick and pop player as well. He could be used like David West in the second unit where DC just sets up plays for Green from 18 feet away. Green is an all-around hustle player you can never go wrong with.
He lacks explosiveness to the rim and isn't that quick. I can't imagine him guarding an elite player with blazing speed. Green is considered a "tweener." Draymond can play both small forward and power forward, but he fits more as a power forward on this team I think. Also, he doesn't have that much leaping ability. Green will have to show his effort masks over all of his flaws.
Here are a few videos of Green's strength (shooting) and weakness (athleticism):
Draymond could be a nice fit here in Indiana. Having learn from Danny or David, whichever position we would put him at could help him. His versatility could benefit our second unit.
Just imagine Green, Hansbrough, and Amundson on the court at the same time. That is what you call an energy and hustle unit. Once Draymond develops even more, he could be a nice piece for the Pacers.
After all of the analysis, who do you want to move on to the semifinals? Will it be Royce White or Draymond Green advancing on in the tournament?
Who should advance on to the semifinals?
Royce White (158 votes)
Draymond Green (106 votes)
264 total votes