Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats would have their hands full with the best of the SEC.
No college basketball conference is more loaded with NBA prospects than this league. John Calipari is the biggest reason why, but the Wildcats aren’t the only stacked school that the SEC boasts—not even close. Out of all the promising prospects who’ll hear their name called in next year’s draft, here are the top 10:
10. John Jenkins (SG, Vanderbilt)
Jenkins isn’t a great athlete and at 6’4”, he’s a bit undersized for a two-guard. His shooting ability is so good, though, that he’s still a first-round pick as he’s averaging 20.0 points per game and 46.1 percent from beyond the arc.
9. Patric Young (C, Florida)
The 6’9”, 245-pound Young is capable of playing center thanks to his top-notch leaping ability. He is the Gators’ defensive force and averages 6.5 boards in just 26.3 minutes of play.
8. Doron Lamb (SG, Kentucky)
Doron isn’t as athletic as UConn's Jeremy Lamb, but he’s a better shooter. Kentucky’s Lamb is averaging an insane 48 percent from downtown this season.
7. Jeffery Taylor (SF, Vanderbilt)
Taylor definitely benefited from staying four years with the Commodores as his three-point percentage is now up to 45.1 percent compared to 9.1 as a sophomore. Combine that with the fact that he’s always been a lockdown defender and superb athlete, and he’s a potential lottery selection.
6. Marquis Teague (PG, Kentucky)
Jeff Teague’s brother possesses lightning speed and is able to penetrate at will. As just a freshman running Calipari’s offense, he’s averaging 9.8 points and 4.7 assists per game.
5. Arnett Moultrie (PF, Mississippi St.)
Moultrie is a phenomenal athlete for being 6’11”. This year for the Bulldogs, he averaged a double-double with 16.1 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.
4. Terrence Jones (SF, Kentucky)
Jones could’ve entered the draft last season, but he returned to the Wildcats and is now a lottery-lock. The 6’9”, 252-pound wing is averaging 12.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game this year.
3. Bradley Beal (SG, Florida)
Beal would be considered a jack of all trades...if he wasn’t a lights-out shooter. As a freshman, he’s averaging 14.4 points and 6.5 boards, leading the Gators.
2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (SF, Kentucky)
If Kidd-Gilchrist enters this year’s draft, he’s a top-10 lock. He is a high-motor, freak athlete that does it all for the Wildcats averaging 11.8 points and 7.8 boards a game.
1. Anthony Davis (PF, Kentucky)
Davis will without a doubt be the first-overall pick in the 2012 draft. He has been an absolute monster on the defensive end this season averaging 4.7 blocks a game.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.