Though a disappointment to some, for a first-rounder is always viewed as a valuable commodity, we at the site were still rather comfortable with the fact that the Cs held onto their second-round pick, as there were a few promising prospects that we believed would be available for the taking once they were on the board at pick No. 45.
Headlining this crop of ballers was Auburn standout freshman, Sharife Cooper, who we absolutely believed to be a player worth taking a gamble on at this point in the night, for his production during his one and done season with the Tigers was truly impressive and the Cs desperately needed more talent at their point guard position.
Immediately, we believed passing on the talented youngster could be perceived as an unnecessary move, and after seeing his Summer League performance, this mindset still sits soundly at the forefront of our minds.
Now yes, again, we’re well aware that this was predominantly against G League talents and that his performances were certainly not flawless, but he showed enough for us to believe that the point guard desperate Cs may have made the wrong move by passing on him in the draft, for his shortcomings seem to be rather fixable with proper tutolage.
At pick 45, no one truly expects much from the talent pool remaining, but Sharife Cooper was viewed by many as a first-round talent who could find himself going in the second.