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    Is W. Johnson as good as ESPN sleepers?

    I was looking at ESPN today and they had a list of the best "sleeper" freshman. The list is given below, has anyone seen these guys play? How does Wesley Johnson compare?

    Ryan Anderson, Cal.
    Tajuan Porter, Oregon
    Greivis Vasquez, Maryland
    Quincy Pondexter, Washington

    Patrick Beverley, Arkansas
    Zach Peacock, Georgia Tech






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    Re: Is W. Johnson as good as ESPN sleepers?

    Quote Originally Posted by rkthompson View Post
    I was looking at ESPN today and they had a list of the best "sleeper" freshman. The list is given below, has anyone seen these guys play? How does Wesley Johnson compare?

    Ryan Anderson, Cal.
    Tajuan Porter, Oregon
    Greivis Vasquez, Maryland
    Quincy Pondexter, Washington

    Patrick Beverley, Arkansas
    Zach Peacock, Georgia Tech



    I have never seen those guys play but sight unseen give me 5 Wesley Johnson's and I'd take them on. He is as complete a freshman as I've seen in Ames since Grayer, and no I did not forget about Fizer.

    Time will tell if he finishes as well as Fizer did, but IMO, with McD coaching him and 25-30 more pounds, he's in the NBA by his senior year, and a better chance to make it because he can take you out on the floor.


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    Re: Is W. Johnson as good as ESPN sleepers?

    Only one I've seen is Beverley. He's a really solid guard, probably the same as Curtis/Will were as freshmen, but with more size. With that in mind I'd say Wesley is close to their quality. I don't think he has the game changing ability Curt/Will had, but perhaps that's because there is only one of him.



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    Re: Is W. Johnson as good as ESPN sleepers?

    http://www.covers.com/articles/artic...t=98601&tid=29

    The 1st few paragraphs mention how tiny lil Wes blocked "THE GREAT ODEN".


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    Re: Is W. Johnson as good as ESPN sleepers?

    haha i like it


    Iowa State: Anyone who's a true college basketball fan needs to see a game at Hilton Coliseum. Nice is in the DNA of Iowans and the fans here are particularly gracious -- even when the home team loses but gives a great effort, they are appreciative.

    ESPN.com picked Hilton Coliseum as the "Hot Arena" in the Big 12...coaches in the league noted that, "regardless of talent, the Cyclones have a home court like no other."

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    Re: Is W. Johnson as good as ESPN sleepers?

    The stud freshman he mentions before the sleepers:
    Greg Oden OSU 7'0 280lbs C - 16ppg, 8rpg, 4bpg, 72% FG
    Daequan Cook OSU 6'5 210lbs G - 16ppg, 6rpg, 56% FG, 50% 3pt
    Mike Conley OSU 6'1 180lbs G - 10ppg, 7apg, 4rpg, 53% FG
    Kevin Durant Texas 6'9 200lbs F - 21ppg, 9rpg, 2spg, 2bpg, 48%FG, 40% 3pt
    Brandon Wright UNC 6'9 205lbs F 15ppg, 7rpg, 2bpg, 64% FG
    John Scheyer Duke 6'5 180lbs 11ppg, 3rpg, 41%FG, 43% 3Pt
    Darrell Aruthur Kansas 6'9 230lbs - 14ppg, 6rgp, 2bpg, 2spg, 60% FG, 21minpg
    Spencer Hawes Washington 6'11 225lbs C - 16ppg, 6rpg, 3bpg, 62% FG

    The Sleepers:
    Ryan Anderson - Oregon 6'9 225lbs F - 17 ppg, 8 rpg, 52% FG, 45% 3Pt
    Tajuan Porter - Oregon 5'6 160lbs G - 18ppg, 3 apg, 40% FG, 49% 3pt
    Greivis Vasquez - Maryland 6'5 195lbs G - 9pts, 4rpg, 4apg, 40% FG
    Quincy Pondexter - Washington 6'7 220lbs F - 16pts, 5rpg, 55% FG, 48%, 3Pt
    Patrick Beverly - Arkansas 6'1 170lbs G - 13pts, 5rpg, 4apg, 50% FG, 40% 3Pt
    Zach Peacock - G Tech 6'7 215lbs F - 8pts, 3rpg, 58% FG, 42% 3pt, 20 minpg

    Wesley Johnson ISU 6'7 195lbs F - 12pts, 8rgp, 1bpg, 49% FG, 30% 3pt
    Tyler Smith Iowa 6'7 210lbs F - 15pts, 5rpg, 3apg, 1spg, 48%FG

    I have only seen about half of these players play, but I would say he is in the conversation with the sleepers. Wesley is a stud and is very versatile. I would not say he is more complete than Marcus Fizer as a freshman. Wesley is quicker, but Marcus was a lot more powerful and not slow either. IMO Marcus was a better scorer, rebounder, and defender who could also handle the ball a little bit, very complete for a freshman PF. Wesley can do a lot of different things well and is going to be a stud for us. If Wesley is going to play SF he needs to work on his outside shot, ball handling, passing and perimeter defense against the elite SF of the big 12. If he is going to play power forward he needs to get bigger, and work on his post defense and back to the basket post moves. I see no reason he can't be in the all big XII conversation as a jr/sr, but IMO he is not as complete as Stinson or Fizer.

    Other ISU freshman:
    Marcus Fizer ISU 6'9 240lbs F - 15ppg, 7rpg, 1bpg, 1spg, 48% FG
    Curtis Stinson ISU 6'2 200 lbs G - 16ppg, 6rpg, 4apg, 2spg, 48% Fg, 29% 3pt


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