05/13/10 9:49 am EST
As the 76ers head coaching search drags on we thought it would be a good idea to turn our attention away from the ever expanding candidate list for a moment and start looking at the 2010 NBA Draft. Right now, the Sixers are penciled in at the sixth spot and there are some very talented players available at that slot. Are any of the prospects that will be available at No. 6 “franchise changers”? That’s doubtful, but there are a number of college kids that will still be on the board at six who could help the 76ers get this franchise turned around.
We reviewed a number of the well respected “Draft Expert” projections and created a list of prospects from which the Sixers will likely pick a player on Draft Night 2010. That Sixers projection list includes DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky), Cole Aldrich (Kansas), Wes Johnson (Syracuse) and Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest). Now it would have been easy for us just to profile these college players via stats and analysis, but here at Philadunkia we go the extra mile for our readers. Thus we worked the phones and got each of these potential future Sixers to give us a few minutes so that you could get to know them up close and personal.
First up in this series of interviews we have creatively titled “With the 6th pick…” , is Cole Aldrich, the 6-11, 260-pound center from Kansas who as a junior last season averaged 11.3 ppg. and 9.8 rpg. to go along with 3.5 blocks per night.