The NBA Draft is less than a month away, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!
60 of the best young basketball players in the world will hear their name called, as they finally realize their dreams of being drafted to the NBA. At the same time, however, players will see their dreams come to an end as they fail to walk across the stage to shake the commissioner’s hand.
With a rich talent pool this season, there are bound to be players who had great collegiate careers that don’t get drafted. It doesn’t mean they won’t ever play in the NBA, they will just have to take a detour.
This is the time of year when people try to find out as much information about players as they possibly can, so they can be familiar with whomever their favourite NBA team selects on draft day.
Yes, there will be situations like Toronto last season, when they selected Bruno Caboclo, where even the commentators were stunned at the selection. For the most part, the players selected have been household names in college, or on the international stage.
Over the course of the next few weeks leading up to the draft, we will post a new draft preview each day that highlights a player who has a great chance to be drafted. One thing that we are doing different than other sites is not focusing on players in the first round. These players are constantly covered, and you can find information on them all over the place.
We will look at players who don’t get as much attention as they deserve, as we try to shine the light on some underrated talents in the NBA Draft. Today’s feature: Terran Petteway, Nebraska.
Terran Petteway – Nebraska Cornhuskers
Weight: 209 pounds
Birthplace: Galveston, TX
2014-15 Stats: 18.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.8 apg
During the 2013-14 season, the Nebraska Cornhuskers seemed to be mentioned in every conversation when talking about surprising NCAA teams. The Huskers ended their 16-year tournament drought, and despite losing in the opening round, the Huskers generated optimism for the future in the process.
One player to thank for their successful 2013-14 season, and the generated optimism, is shooting guard Terran Petteway. Petteway was a star in the Big Ten over the course of his two seasons in Nebraska, and helped bring the team back onto the national scene after years of sub-par performances.
After the Huskers went 19 – 13 in 2013-14, Petteway and the Huskers had the look of a Big Ten contender in 2014-15. Those expectations blew up in a real hurry. The Huskers failed to live up to the lofty expectations, despite Petteway’s stellar individual campaign, and limped to the finish on a nine-game losing streak.
For the second season in a row, Petteway put up impressive numbers, and was widely considered as one of the more underrated players in the country. After the season ended, and shortly after his mother passed away, he chose to enter the 2015 NBA Draft.
What does Petteway bring to the arena night in and night out? We take a look at his pros and cons leading up to the NBA Draft on June 25th.
One thing that coaches love about Petteway’s game is his versatility. He is a 6’6” guard who can play the 2 or the 3, which instantly gives coaches a couple of options because of his size. Add in the fact that he can shoot the ball with relative consistency from long distance (31.7% in 2014-15), and it’s easy to see why Petteway is high on some draft boards around the NBA. He has the abilities to drive the lane and finish at the rim, and can stretch the defense with his shooting ability, which in turn opens up more opportunities for his teammates.
Petteway is the type of player that brings a lot of energy night in and night out. He has a high motor, and plays with a high level of intensity that’s hard not to notice and like. He uses that level of intensity to energize the crowd and his teammates, and in turn it helps to take his game to another level. He developed into a strong scoring guard during his two years at Nebraska, averaging over 18 points per game in his two seasons in Lincoln. If he can continue to be an energy guy at the next level, and be aggressive on the offensive end of the floor, then he will have a bright future ahead of him.
Above, we touch on Petteway’s motor and intensity being a “strength” of his game. There is a fine line between “effective intensity” and “destructive intensity”, and that’s something that the native of Galveston, TX struggles with at times.
When you play the game as hard as Petteway does, there are going to be times when you commit more mistakes than the average player does. People see this happen and think that he’s a reckless player who plays out of control. In 2014-15, he committed 3.4 turnovers per contest, which isn’t a nice figure to have. Teams will notice that statistic, and move him down their draft rankings because of it. If he can find a happy balance on intensity and productivity, then he will get serious looks towards the latter parts of the second round.
There’s no denying Terran Petteway’s talents on the basketball court. He was one of the nation’s top scoring guards a season ago, but staying another year at Nebraska may have done him some more good in terms of overall draft position. This year’s draft class is so deep that Petteway is currently ranked as the 60th-best prospect by ESPN.
Will Petteway get drafted? It’s a likely scenario. He has the look of a late-second round selection, going in the 51 – 60 range at the 2015 NBA Draft.
He’s got a ton of talent, so keep an eye out for the name “Terran Petteway” in professional basketball for years to come, whether it be in North America or overseas.