Rand: Weighing what we know about young prospects

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  • Updated: June 30, 2013 - 11:07 PM

By the time Kyle Gibson made his debut for the Twins on Saturday, it felt as though he had been part of the big-league club for years. We knew all about his history, his ascent, his Tommy John surgery and, of course, his comeback.

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bruisedupJul. 2, 1311:18 AM

Whether the experts know what they're talking about or not it really doesn't matter because that is too much of what we all do is just follow them. Trey Burke at 6 feet tall and 190 lbs looks like he has a well rounded game (which include being a good assists guy) as a point guard coming out of Michigan so we follow the experts views on him. Burke is selected with the 9th overall pick and traded by the Wolves to Utah. Meanwhile the Wolves later pick a point guard at #52 out of North Carolina State that has been working at playing the point guard position for only two years but he's 6'5" and has a 186 lbs tough wire frame. That player, Lorenzo Brown has been excelling as an assist guy while his offensive game has not developed much over the past two years. Brown has for obvious reasons been focused on becoming a point guard however. The NBA also looks for explosive players over smooth players so Brown is seen as more smooth then explosive by the experts and so Brown goes 43 picks after Burke. Being a good distributor of the ball is mostly what the point guard position is about and Brown to me looks as good at doing that as Burke but we all need to follow the experts. We're all convinced that Burke will make a better point guard than Brown because that's what the experts told us and we can all see how much better Burke is then Brown by when they were taken in the draft. Any draft is a guessing game and the experts are only the best guessers. That's really all this prospect thing amounts to. I currently envision Brown being every bit the point guard that Burke is. I just don't buy into the expert hype all the time.

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