Roy Devyn Marble, Derrick Nix, Tim Hardaway Jr. make DraftExpress rankings of NBA Draft prospects in the Big Ten

September 17, 2012 in Division I

By Patrick Hayes

NBA Draft scouting website extraordinaire DraftExpress completed its series evaluating the top 20 NBA Draft prospects in the Big Ten, with a look at Nos. 16-20. Three players with Michigan ties made the list.

Detroit Pershing grad and Michigan State center Derrick Nix came in at No. 16:

Derrick Nix may not have written much of his NBA resume at this point, and certainly doesn’t have prototypical size, athleticism, or rebounding ability for the center position at the next level, but the former top-100 recruit has some promising tools. If he can become a bigger factor on the glass on both ends, improve his offensive skill level, keep his weight down, and take advantage of his opportunity to shine this year, he could emerge as one of the top seniors in the Big Ten this season, and a bona fide NBA prospect.

Michigan‘s Tim Hardaway Jr. came in at No. 17:

Looking forward, Hardaway clearly brings an intriguing package of tools to the table with his athletic tools, shot-making abilities, and defensive potential, but he needs to become more consistent in all aspects of his game. Hardaway has a lot of room to improve with his three-point shooting, and would benefit himself greatly not only return to, but also exceed his freshman shooting numbers from behind the arc this year. It would be a big boon to both his draft stock and to open up the rest of his offensive game, and will likely be critical to his chances at finding a long-term niche in the NBA down the road.

Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble, a Southfield Lathrup grad, came in at No. 19:

Looking forward toward his junior season, Marble has established himself as a player to watch in the Big Ten. Scouts will be watching to see if he can become a more aggressive scorer while continuing to make strides with his jump shooting and defense. While he did a good job of revealing himself to be more than just Roy Marble‘s son, for better or for worse, he has the opportunity as a junior to distinguish himself further by taking full advantage of his expanding role in Iowa’s offense to lead the Hawkeye’s back to respectability after a long period of rebuilding.

Trey Burke and Branden Dawson both made the top five. Keith Appling and Adreian Payne were ranked in the 6-10 range.

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