Undrafted undervalued players list
TOP 3 amongst the 5 players I discuss below are absolute steals. They are the prototypical hidden gems of the undrafted talent pool. I foresee them as potential starters in the league or being a key part of the team rotation in 1-2 year span.
1) Eric Mika, PF, BYU
He was completely overlooked by all teams. He is the best player available by far in this undrafted pool. He scored a 82 on my player index score and that is a lower estimate on what he can do in the league. He has great size at 6’10” and 230 lbs. He is a tough nosed rebounder and defender. He is also a decent shotblocker averaging 1.9 bpg. He averaged 20.3 ppg and 9.2 rpg. Unless, he has an injury issue, it is perplexing to see a late first round talent not been on the radar of most teams.
2) Kennedy Meeks, C, UNC
Kennedy was a big part of the title run by UNC this season. He scored a 76 on my player index score. He personifies the basketball maxim “You cannot teach size”. He is a big body. He is 6’10” and 260 lbs. The only weakness he has is that he is prone to being out of shape. But other than that, he is a solid player. He was a 4 year player on a powerhouse franchise. It is not easy to maintain that spot unless one has talent. Kennedy is a talented center. He averaged 12.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg in 24mpg. Those are impressive numbers for a player who went undrafted. Kennedy under the supervision of your team’s nutritionist and team trainers can mold himself into a muscular 6’10” center. With his potential, he can be a projected starter in 2 to 3 years.
3) Peter Jok, SG, Iowa
If a team needs a dead eye shooter with good size and a player who can play good perimeter defense then Peter Jok from Iowa is your guy. He scored a 75 on my player index score. He is the Danny Green, JJ Redick, Kyle Korver of your team. He brings great value to a team as he shoots 91.1%, 42.6% and 38% from FT, FG and 3 pointers respectively. He has great size at 6’6″. He averaged 20ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.6 apg. He is a stereotypical SG. He can be a perfect role player for your team. His game reminds me of Jamal Crawford.
4) PJ Dozier, PG/SG, South Carolina
PJ Dozier brings a lot of value as a combo guard. He is a scoring guard who averaged 13.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2.8 apg in 29 mpg. His weakness is that is not a good shooter, but he makes up for it with his defense. He averages 1.7spg. He is an above average perimeter defender. He can improve on his shooting abilities over this offseason with the shooting coaches. I really like PJ Dozier’s upside too. He scored a 74 on my player index score.
5) Jacob Wiley, SF, Eastern Washington
Wiley is from a small school but he posted some big numbers this season at Eastern Washington. He averaged 20.4 ppg, 9.1rpg and 2.4 apg while playing 34.3 mpg. His weakness is ball handling and being careless with possessions. He averaged 3.8 tpg, which is on the higher side for a SF. He needs to cut down on the turnovers and coaches will work with him to clean up that part of the game. He ll learn from getting benched by the coaches if his turnover tendencies continue. He scored a 73 on my player index score.