With a lot of college basketball left to play in 2012, including the drama of conference tournaments and March Madness, players will continue to state their cases for a top-five selection.
A lot can happen between now and the draft: injuries, players withdrawing, stocks rising and stocks falling.
There are always those Kemba Walkers, Gordon Heywards, Russell Westbrooks and Corey Brewers; players who may not have been talked about early on, but use late-season surges or legendary NCAA tournament runs to land themselves in the lottery.
But that isn't the situation here. Since signing their letters of intents, these players have been linked to the lottery since the day they stepped on campus. These guys are surefire lottery picks.
I believe these five players have cemented themselves amongst the rest of the pack fighting for a high lottery pick.
In no particular order we begin with...