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Player profiles: Get ready for the 2015 NBA Draft

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Player profiles: Get ready for the 2015 NBA Draft

In the weeks leading up to the NBA Draft, CSN Chicago will provide profiles on 63 of the best prospects. Check as two new profiles are released each day until draft night on June 25.

Click on specific players' names to find additional draft features.

NAME SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT AGE PROFILE
Cliff Alexander Kansas 6'9" 239 19 PROFILE
Justin Anderson Virginia 6'6" 231 21 PROFILE
Brandon Ashley Arizona 6'9" 228 20 PROFILE
Ryan Boatright Connecticut 5'11" 170 22 PROFILE
Devin Booker Kentucky 6'6" 206 18 PROFILE
Anthony Brown Stanford 6'7" 211 22 PROFILE
Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky 7'1" 242 21 PROFILE
Rakeem Christmas Syracuse 6'10" 243 23 PROFILE
Pat Connaughton Notre Dame 6'5" 215 22 PROFILE
Quinn Cook Duke 6'2" 179 22 PROFILE
Branden Dawson Michigan State 6'7" 230 22 PROFILE
Sam Dekker Wisconsin 6'9" 219 21 PROFILE
George de Paula Brazil 6'6" 197 19 PROFILE
Michael Frazier II Florida 6'4" 199 21 PROFILE
Treveon Graham VCU 6'6" 219 21 PROFILE
Jerian Grant Notre Dame 6'4" 198 22  PROFILE
Olivier Hanlan Boston College 6'4" 186 22 PROFILE
Montrezl Harrell Louisville 6'8" 253 21  PROFILE
Aaron Harrison Kentucky 6'6" 209 20 PROFILE
Andrew Harrison Kentucky 6'6" 213 20  PROFILE
Tyler Harvey E. Washington 6'4" 181 21 PROFILE
Mario Hezonja Croatia 6'8" 200 20 PROFILE
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Arizona 6'7" 211 20 PROFILE
Jonathan Holmes Texas 6'9" 242 22  PROFILE
Richaun Holmes Bowling Green 6'9" 243 21 PROFILE
R.J. Hunter Georgia State 6'6" 185 21 PROFILE
Vince Hunter UTEP 6'8" 208 20  PROFILE
Dakari Johnson Kentucky 7'0" 265 19 PROFILE
Stanley Johnson Arizona 6'7" 242 19  PROFILE
Tyus Jones Duke 6'2" 185 19 PROFILE
Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin 7'1" 231 22  PROFILE
Kevon Looney UCLA 6'9" 222 19 PROFILE
Trey Lyles Kentucky 6'11" 241 19 PROFILE
Jarell Martin LSU 6'9" 239 21 PROFILE
Chris McCullough Syracuse 6'9" 200 20 PROFILE
T.J. McConnell Arizona 6'2" 188 23 PROFILE
Jordan Mickey LSU 6'8" 238 20 PROFILE
Emmanuel Mudiay China 6'5" 200 19 PROFILE
Jahlil Okafor Duke 6'11" 272 19 PROFILE
Kelly Oubre Kansas 6'7" 203 19  PROFILE
Cameron Payne Murray State 6'2" 183 20  PROFILE
Terran Petteway Nebraska 6'6" 209 22 PROFILE
Bobby Portis Arkansas 6'11" 246 20  PROFILE
Norman Powell UCLA 6'4" 215 22 PROFILE
Kristaps Porzingis Latvia 7'0" 220 19 PROFILE
Michael Qualls Arkansas 6'5" 201 21 PROFILE
Terry Rozier Louisville 6'2" 190 21 PROFILE
D'Angelo Russell Ohio State 6'5" 193 19 PROFILE
Keifer Sykes UWM 6'0" 167 21 PROFILE
Marcus Thornton William & Mary 6'3" 177 22  PROFILE
TaShawn Thomas Oklahoma 6'8" 240 22 PROFILE
J.P. Tokoto North Carolina 6'6" 196 21  PROFILE
Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky 7'0" 248 19 PROFILE
Myles Turner Texas 7'0" 239 19  PROFILE
Robert Upshaw Washington 7'0" 258 21 PROFILE
Rashad Vaughn UNLV 6'5" 199 18 PROFILE
Chris Walker Florida 6'9" 208 20 PROFILE
Dez Wells Maryland 6'4" 209 23  PROFILE
Aaron White Iowa 6'9" 220 22  PROFILE
Alan Williams UCSB 6'8" 261 22 PROFILE
Justise Winslow Duke 6'7" 222 19 PROFILE
Christian Wood UNLV 6'11" 216 19 PROFILE
Delon Wright Utah 6'6" 181 23 PROFILE
Joseph Young Oregon 6'2" 182 22 PROFILE

Wendell Carter Jr. survives gauntlet of centers to begin career

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Wendell Carter Jr. survives gauntlet of centers to begin career

Don't tell Wendell Carter Jr. the center position is a dying breed.

The 19-year-old rookie hasn't exactly been able to ease into the NBA, finding himself up against a handful of All-Stars and powerful frontcourts just five days into his career.

It culminated Monday night with a date against Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan, and once again the seventh overall pick held his own. It was much of the same as it was against Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Detroit's Andre Drummond last week (and Nikola Jokic in the preseason finale): some good, some bad, plenty of poise and zero backing down. The NBA is unforgiving, but this could very well be the toughest stretch Carter faces all season.

"He’s playing against top level centers now," Fred Hoiberg said before Monday's game. "It’s a great experience for him. He’s going to learn and get better and he plays within himself, we will continue to look for him to be more aggressive."

He was as aggressive as the Bulls have seen him against Jordan and the Mavericks. He blew by the 20 and 18 minutes he played in the first two games of the year, totalling 32 minutes. His final line won't tell the story - 4 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a block - of a Carter who defended well at the rim, picking and choosing his spots on when to attack shots and when to simply use his verticality.

He wasn't credited for a block but he contested a Jordan dunk that turned into a Bobby Portis dunk on the other end. Plus-minus isn't always a good indicator of a player's worth, but Carter was a +5 in a 14-point Bulls loss. He even attempted a corner 3-pointer early in the shot clock, showing no hesitation. Carter's had his moments, but it's also apparent he's got a 19-year-old body going up against veterans each night. That'll come with time in the weight room. For now the experience is 

"I appreciate the fact I’m able to play against these very talented bigs early in my career," Carter said after the loss to the Pistons. "What I need to work on is I have to get stronger; that’s the first thing I recognize; just being up against the best. I love the competition. It’s always a great feeling going against the best."

What the Bulls are finding out is they have a player mature beyond his years. As he progresses he'll continue to get more difficult assignments. He had his rookie moment late in Monday's loss, committing a turnover in the backcourt after the Bulls had cut the deficit to five with 35 seconds left. The fouls are also an issue, as Carter has committed 10 in three games (after committing 17 in five preseason games).

That doesn't necessarily seem important for a Lottery-bound team, but considering the continued struggles of Robin Lopez (and Cristiano Felicio is entirely out of the rotation) it is. Lopez had 2 points and 1 rebound in 10 minutes while committing five personal fouls. In three games he has 11 personal fouls and 11 points, and also has more turnovers (five) than rebounds (four). If the Bulls are going to compete until Lauri Markkanen returns, Carter will need to hover around the 32 minutes he played Monday.

He'll get a much easier test on Wednesday when the Charlotte Hornets arrive in town. Cody Zeller doesn't exactly have the credentials of a Jokic or Embiid, meaning Carter may have a little more room to work. 

The Bulls know they have something in Carter. It'll be abother month until they can deploy him alongside Markkanen, but if the first three games are any indication, Carter won't have any problems matching up with some of the league's best.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Moral victory for the Bears?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Moral victory for the Bears?

David Schuster, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.

0:00- Dave Wannstedt joins the panel to discuss the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots? Was it a moral victory? Is Matt Nagy crazy to say Mitch Trubisky didn’t play that bad?

13:00- Joe Girardi pulls his name out of the Reds managerial search and Jon Heyman reports that industry sources believe he might wait to see if there’s an opening in Chicago. What are the chances that he replaces Joe Maddon?

14:30- Adam Amin joins Kap to preview the Bulls/Mavericks game and discuss the lack of defense in the NBA.