1) Transcendental talents have lead their teams deep in the NCAAs. Fultz could not even lead his to the NCAAs. I thought the same thing last year for Ben Simmons. The kid is talented but not talented enough to carry his team to the tourney.
2) Fultz just a few years was not highly regarded. I think this is a strength as well as a weakness. The kid has clawed his way to the top. But his record in high school, indicates he played on the freshman and JV team. Most studs play varsity early. Not Fultz.. He did stick with it though and never gave up.
Entering his sophomore season, Fultz hit a growth spurt. His height, combined with his high basketball IQ, equipped him to play every position. “I think that kind of helped [his] overall game,” said Corey McCrae, who coached Fultz on jayvee. Fultz said he never got discouraged, that he just believed it would all work out, but the decision to table his varsity debut undoubtedly fueled Fultz. He ended his sophomore season behind schedule on the modern recruiting calendar, but he was eager to make up ground. “I never got frustrated, really,” Fultz says, adding that “I love the game, so no matter if I’m playing JV or varsity, I’m going to do it to the best of my ability.”
3) He can be passive and takes what is given to him. I again see this as both a strength and weakness. Being passive can be a weakness if one never asserts himself but taking what is given to you can make one efficient and effective.
Fultz is a better player than Ball, is not even up for debate. If Ball is lucky, he will have a Kevin Martin type of shot but his shot is worse off than that one. Will bringing it across your body work in the NBA? Fultz has a nice shot with no hitches. Ball is a great college player but his shot is ugly. I never believe what a guy named Ball, says ever.
Jackson is the best prospect out of the three with the most potential. He is not the best player at this point. But he has great size, is the most athletic I would say and room to grow. It will be a hard call for Danny. Does taking Fultz make IT a goner? What about Rozier or Smart? Are there any franchise guys in this draft? Do we use the draft to address our glaring front court weakness or take best player available?
I just cant agree that Jackson has more potential than Fultz.
Jackson projects to be a poor man's Kawahi Leonard at best, and at age 18, Fultz already possesses the absolutely complete offensive game that NBA players strive for.
He has almost no major holes in his offensive game. His handles, his shooting, his finishing ability with both hands.
I honestly can't remember seeing a freshman with his triple threat scoring ability. Can you?
He is like Evan Turner with a 3 point shot and he actually finishes at the rim under contact.
At 6'5" with a 6'10" wingspan he can easily play SG or even SF in the NBA with some time in the gym. He has enormous hands and length and uses that length at every opp.
I agree that he coasts at times, but he busted his a$$ to get from playing JV to becoming the #1 prospect in the world.
Jackson is a great talent with tremendous upside, but Fultz is a potential superstar/top 5 talent with his skill and size.
To see a kid with his size that can shoot mid range, drive, and shoots 40% from 3 so consistently is very,very rare.
Anyway just my opinion but i do agree Jackson and Fultz should go ahead of Ball.
edit: PS keep in mind that Jackson is 14 months older than Fultz too- which is a long time at this stage of development.