Big East Tournament 2012: Promising NBA Prospects That Will Run Tourney

David DanielsSenior Writer IMarch 7, 2012

HARTFORD, CT - DECEMBER 3:  Jeremy Lamb #3 of the Connecticut Huskies drives against B.J. Young #11 of the Arkansas Razorbacks in the second half  on December 3, 2011 at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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No opening act is more entertaining than the Big East tournament.

Before the Big Dance begins, be sure to check out the NBA prospects that’ll hear their name called by David Stern this summer. 

Here are the most promising of the bunch that the conference has to offer.


5. Kevin Jones (PF, WVU)

The 6’8”, 260-pound Mountaineer makes up for his lack of height with a 7’4” wingspan. 

Because Jones is a senior, his game is more polished than the remaining players on this list.  The late-first-round prospect averaged an impressive 20.0 points and 11.2 rebounds this year.


4. Dion Waiters (SG, Syracuse)

Waiters is a highlight reel waiting to happen.  Syracuse’s sophomore wing can jump out of the gym and penetrate at will—a combination that doesn’t bode well for opposing defenders under the rim. 

He is a mid-to-late first-round prospect after averaging 11.9 points per game this season.


3. Fab Melo (C, Syracuse)

Syracuse’s second-favorite Melo only averages 7.7 points and 5.8 boards a game, but he’s a first-round prospect. 

Why?  Because he’s 7’0”, 255 pounds and one of the few remaining of a dying breed that is the center position.  The 21-year-old Brazilian is a difference-maker on the defensive end, as he averages 3.1 blocks per contest.


2. Jeremy Lamb (SG, UConn)

Lamb is arguably the best shooting guard of a top-heavy class of twos.  The 6’5” Husky can shoot the lights out and shut down an opposing scorer.  His 7’0” wingspan and sky-high vertical also make him a terror at the rim.

The super sophomore is a projected top-five pick after averaging 17.8 points and 4.8 boards this season.


1. Andre Drummond (C, UConn)

Drummond is the favorite to be selected second overall this summer, only behind Kentucky’s Anthony Davis. 

The 6’10”, 270-pound one-and-done big man averaged 10.2 points, 7.7 boards and 2.7 denials this year for the Huskies.  Drummond is intelligent, skilled and as physically gifted as they come.

The center is being compared to Dwight Howard and Amar’e Stoudamire—he’s a big deal.


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.