Tag:John Jenkins
Posted on: June 28, 2011 1:39 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 2:59 pm

No, we didn't forget Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor

By Gary Parrish

Jeff Goodman and I spent Monday doing a 2012 NBA mock draft.

We alternated picks.

I took Harrison Barnes first.

Goodman took Anthony Davis second and said he would've taken him first.

(Note: Looks like I'm the smart one. Again.)

Then we knocked out the next 28 picks and among the players never selected was Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor, which led to a few emails that asked the following questions: "Are you an idiot? Did you forget about Jordan Taylor?"

Answer to Question No. 1: Maybe

Answer to Question No. 2: No

As everybody should know by now, being a great college player doesn't necessarily make somebody a great NBA prospect, and Taylor might be an example of that. I'm not ready to give up on his NBA prospects just yet because he could reasonably go late in the first round of any draft and then develop into a quality NBA point guard. I don't know. But the fact that Taylor is a tremendous college guard means nothing ... except for that he'll be a First Team Preseason All-American.

Speaking of, I decided to take a look at how some preseason All-American teams might look.

If I'm doing two teams, here's what I've got:

G: Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin)
G: Austin Rivers (Duke)
F: Harrison Barnes (North Carolina)
F: Anthony Davis (Kentucky)
F: Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)

G: Tu Holloway (Xavier)
G: John Jenkins (Vanderbilt)
F: Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut)
F: Terrence Jones (Kentucky)
F: Perry Jones (Baylor)
Posted on: June 8, 2011 4:59 pm

Ole Miss tight end goes the hoops route

By Jeff Goodman

Z. Mason had a decision to make coming out of high school: Go the high-major route for football or play mid-major basketball.

Mason went to Ole Miss as the No. 2 tight end in the nation (per ESPN.com), redshirted his freshman season and didn’t play much this past year.

So now he’s returning to the hardwood.

The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Mason told CBSSports.com he has decided to transfer to Chattanooga and will be able to play immediately.

Mason got a glowing report from his former AAU teammate, Vanderbilt star John Jenkins.

``I’ve seen him go against the best of the best,” Jenkins said on Wednesday. ``He held his own against DeMarcus Cousins and Alex Oriakhi. He jumps out of the gym and could be a pro if he was 6-10.”

Mason, whose real name is Zaccheus (he said only his mother calls him that), said he will have three years of eligibility for the school that was on him first when it came to basketball.

``He’s big, physical and dunks everything,” Jenkins said. ``He’ll do well at Chattanooga. Really well.” 

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