ESPN college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb offered his ranking of the top 30 prospects for the upcoming NBA draft on Wednesday, rating Weber State guard Damian Lillard as the eighth-best prospect in the class. In a draft that's lacking an elite point guard prospect like Derrick Rose or John Wall, Lillard stands out:
A scoring point guard who is best off of ball screens, Lillard benefits from both the lack of great point guards in this year's draft and the need for a scoring PG to play right away.
Lillard certainly proved at Weber State that he can put up points in a hurry. Over 34.5 minutes per game in 2012, Lillard put up 24.5 points per game on 47 percent shooting, plus he dished out four assists per game. He's shooting numbers were superb, as he hit 41 percent of his three-point attempts and 89 percent of his free throws.