1. Kahlil Hooker (Mexico City Jaguars)
Kahlil Hooker for Jaguars continues to impress this season – the big 7 footer playing half his time at the 4 and half at the 5 is pulling down just short of 9 boards per game and is top of our rookies for ppg at 16.1 with great rim protection at over 3 blocks per game squeezes him in to the top 10 shot blockers this season. Hooker has managed 12 double doubles (3 from the bench) but frequently missed out by 1 rebound from seriously increasing the number. An impressive 10 blocks vs the Kings in one game was marred by low rebounding and scoring. Despite leading the rookies in boards per game this kid can and should be pulling down more in his 34 minutes per game and really needs to work on his free throw shooting at just under 60%.
2. Sasha Vidmar (Phoenix Vultures
Sasha Vidmar has played a consistent game for the Vultures all season starting all but their first game and averaging over 30 minutes per game. 3rd in scoring, 4th in rebounding and 2nd in assists from all our rookies this kid has the whole package. With 6 double doubles to his name and flirting with a triple double in a couple of games we expect this to only improve. His game at the 3ball needs improvement as does his free throw shooting.
3. Alonzo Weaver (Philadelphia Warriors)
The Warriors should be happy with their number one pick, 2nd in scoring out of our rookies with 15.5 points per game and just over 6 boards. Alonzo Weaver has notched up some impressive numbers so far in his rookie year. Scoring 2 games with over 30 points. Shooting 43% from the field and 35% from behind the arc and 76% from the line this kid can score. However with 2 injuries to his name so far this season, the latest putting him out for another 3-4 weeks it looks like this kids rookie season is done as it’s unlikely that the Warriors will make the playoffs without him.
4. Aaron Rowland (Seattle Thunder)
Our first rookie with a chance to make the playoffs is Aaron Rowland. The Thunder are having a great season sitting second in the highly competitive North/South conference. Rowland has started 32 of his 40 games in this winning outfit and with RayMac as a tutor has been knocking down an impressive 10.8 points per game and notching up just shy of 6 boards. He shoots 44% from the field and 44% from behind the arc and 83% from the line. If this kid steps up from 26 minutes per game, expect to see his ppg soar.
5. Isaac Foster (Philadelphia Warriors)
The Warriors had a successful draft this season picking up our current 5th place rookie Isaac Foster. Foster averaging just shy of 10 points per game and 8 rebounds. If Weaver can keep his fitness they should have a strong frontcourt for next season. With 7 double doubles to his name and flirting with 11 more Foster can be a bigtime player. He has shot over 51% from the field but like many of our rookies has shot poorly from the line with just over 52% from the charity stripe.