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Cavs Draft Notes

I admit it. We dropped the ball by not giving our analysis for the Cleveland Cavaliers draft pick sooner than this. But without further ado, let us help introduce J.J. Hickson.
Hickson is a 6'9" Power Forward out of N.C. State where he played just one year but quickly emerged as their leader. This past season he averaged 14.8 PPG with 8.5 RPG and 1.5 BPG. Not bad, not stellar, but steady. Everything I've read on Hickson say's that he plays well with his back to the basket, and that's where he'll get most of his work done. To be honest, I wasn't thrilled with this pick when it came around. But the more I've thought about it, it's looking like a solid pick. The Cavs absolutely needed to get younger down low with most of the big guys being over 30, excluding Varejao. Hickson will give us youth and athleticism at a position that was burned in the playoffs.
The big "Wow" note being attached to Hickson is that in his first game with N.C. State, he scored 31 points on 12-12 shooting from the floor. I feel it's only fair to point out that this was done against William & Mary, which I'm fairly certain is an all girls college.
With all the talk about Hickson, many have forgotten that we also obtained the draft rights to Darnell Jackson by giving the Miami Heat one of our second-round picks in next years draft. Also acquired was Sasha Kaun who will probably fill Lance Allred's position as the big-tall-white guy who sits at the end of the bench, so we're not gonna talk about him.
Jackson, like Kaun, played for the Kansas Jayhawks for four years. His senior year saw him average 11.2 PPG with 6.7 RPG. Jackson should provide the Cavaliers with a polished role-player to come off the bench. I'm not gonna lie to you...I don't know s--- about Jackson. I didn't really follow the Big 12 this year, or any of the other year's he played there. But I'm sure the Cavs know what they were doing. It's not like they've made any major draft mistakes in the past few years...