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2013 NBA Draft: Nerlens Noel & Shabazz Muhammad Make 2013 Better Than 2012

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 28:  MVP Shabazz Muhammad #15 of the West team goes up for a dunk during the 2012 McDonald's All American Game at United Center on March 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IMarch 29, 2012

There's no doubting that the 2012 NBA Draft could be one of the better ones we've seen in quite some time.

It's a deep class throughout, with some first-round talent likely to go in the second round when it's all said and done.

Yet while the 2012 class will likely be a strong one, the 2013 class has the chance to be even better.

That's mostly due to the fact that potential future stars Nerlens Noel and Shabazz Muhammad could make the 2013 class very special.

Noel hasn't picked a school yet, but has limited it down to three choices in Syracuse, Georgetown and Kentucky. Whoever gets Noel gets a 6'10", 215-lb potential stud who has the talent to likely become a one-and-done type of player.

He's got great length and quickness and is nearly a one-man zone on defense. His shot-blocking skills are out of this world, similar to Anthony Davis, who he could ultimately end up replacing at Kentucky.

Noel has outstanding defensive instincts, but he's got an offensive game to go along with it.

He can finish way above the rim and has a weapon in a baby hook shot that he can make with either hand. Noel's also a great passer out of the post and is already going to be very high on potential draft lists for 2013.

As for Muhammad, the 6'6" small forward from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas also hasn't declared, but wherever he enrolls he's probably a one-and-done type of guy as well, after putting on a show during Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Game.

Not only did Muhammad win the dunk contest with a pair of perfect scores in the final round, but he  was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, scoring 21 points to lead the West to a 106-102 victory.

Muhammed said as many as five schools are still in the mix, but three of them have stood out, and he expects to make a decision soon.

He's outstanding in the open court, but in the half-court Muhammad is near deadly. He's next to unstoppable. He can score effectively in traffic as well as knocking down his pull-up jumper on a consistent basis.

He's long and athletic enough to become a lock-down defender as well.

Noel and Muhammad and just two of the guys that could make themselves eligible for the NBA draft a year from now and if they do, there's a good chance that the 2013 draft could even exceed what 2012 could potentially become.

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