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Qyntel Woods

SMALL FORWARD | (6-9, 230) | NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI JC

Notes: He's been compared to Tracy McGrady, which says all you need to know about this year's JUCO player to watch. Woods signed to play at Memphis, but the NBA is his next stop.

Last year, the Boston Celtics made Kedrick Brown the first junior college player selected in the first round, taking him with the 11th pick. Woods said he'd enter the draft only if he was a top-10 pick, which is a distinct possibility. Some early projections had him rated right behind Duke guard Jason Williams and 7-5 Chinese center Yao Ming.

Woods averaged 32 points and 10 rebounds per game this season at Northest Mississippi Community College. Woods is an athletic, smooth ball-handler, who can also rebound and block shots. At least on the JUCO level. Unlike McGrady and fellow all-stars Kobe Bryant or Kevin Garnett, Woods wasn't an adolescent phenom. He was 6-feet tall when he played on the freshman basketball team at George Washington Carver High School. He didn't play at all as a sophomore. But a growth spurt between 10th and 11th grades had him standing 6-foot-6 as a junior. That may explain why Woods plays as if he's 6-2.

Positives: Woods is a tremendous athlete, who can really score. He's got great size for a three man (small forward). Can run and jump and has the ability to score inside and out. He toyed with people at the junior college level.

Negatives: Questions will dog Woods about playing hard and his defense. His JUCO team also didn't advance to the national tournament.

Summary: He's got the upside scouts love and he's a lock for the lottery. Kedrick Brown helped JC players stock when he was taken in the lottery last season by Boston.




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