SEC Tournament 2012: Anthony Davis and Best Pro Prospects In Conference

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIMarch 6, 2012

LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 03:  Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats dunks the ball during the game against the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans at Freedom Hall on January 3, 2012 in Louisville , Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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As the SEC tournament begins, NBA scouts will have their eyes on a handful of players—and no, all of them don't play for Kentucky.

It's true that the Wildcats have at least four future NBA players on their roster, but the rest of the conference has a good number of prospects as well.

Here are the five best pro prospects that will be on display in the SEC tournament:



Anthony Davis: Kentucky

Davis is one of the best pure shot-blockers I've ever seen on the collegiate level. It's not just about length with Davis; he also has great timing. He is leading the world with 4.7 blocks per game, and also leading the nation's number one team in scoring and rebounding.

He is such a force already on the defensive end, the surface has only been scratched on what he can do offensively. Davis is only a freshman, and his production makes that easy to forget.

At his highest point, he could be a mixture of Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby.

There is no way he slips out of the top two picks in the draft.



Brad Beal: Florida

Beal is another nice freshman prospect. He is a solid shooter, but what has caught my eye is his strength and rebounding ability from the guard spot. Beal is leading the Gators in boards at 6.4 per game.

Coming out of high school, Beal's shooting and scoring ability received most of the press, but his overall game has to have NBA scouts excited.

Beal is among the top guard prospects in the country and if he declares for the 2012 NBA Draft, he's a top 10 pick.



Arnett Moultrie: Mississippi State

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18:  Arnett Moultrie #23 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs rebounds the ball against the Arizona Wildcats at the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches Vs Cancer at Madison Square Garden on November 18, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo
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Moultrie is not flashy by any means; he just plays hard, boards and defends. When you're 6'11" and athletic, that'll make you a lottery pick.

Moultrie is a junior and he's averaging a double-double this season with 16 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. His presence in the middle is one of the reasons I consider the Bulldogs a bit of a sleeper.

He reminds me a bit of Taj Gibson, who was a late first-round pick. But with more size than Gibson, Moultrie will be selected in the top 15.



Festus Ezeli: Vanderbilt

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 12:  Festus Ezeli #3 of the Vanderbilt Commodores drives against Vernon Macklin #32 of the Florida Gators during the semifinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Georgia Dome on March 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Ke
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Continuing with the "size matters" trend, Ezeli is a legitimate seven footer. He is a solid rebounder, and big body. Real seven footers with average to above average athleticism is a rarity and Ezeli certainly has good athleticism. 

In this his senior season he is averaging 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks per game. His Achilles' heel has been foul trouble. He only plays 22 minutes per night because he is routinely sitting because of early hacking.

If he gets a handle on that, he will be a formidable inside presence. As it stands, he is still a first rounder based on size and upside.



Doron Lamb: Kentucky

LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 01:  Doron Lamb #20 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball during the game against Georgia Bulldogs at Rupp Arena on March 1, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Lamb is a solid combo guard with a penchant for scoring binges. He has three games over 20 points this season, on this roster, that is saying a lot. The sophomore guard could be averaging far more than the 13 points per game he scores on a team that wasn't so loaded.

At 6'4" with good handles, he can play both guard positions and he is shooting 48 percent from the three. Lamb is more of a pure scorer than a distributor, so I could see him as a starting two-guard, or a dedicated scorer off the bench in the NBA.

He could elect to come back for his junior season at Kentucky and be one of the focal points of the offense, or leave now and likely be a mid to late first round selection.


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