NBA Draft 2012: Draymond Green and 7 Others Who Will Drop from 1st Round
With the college basketball season officially over, its time for the top players in the country to start evaluating their prospects for the next level.
For some, it's an easy decision to come out, or their only option.
For others, it's a very tough decision, one these players must live with for the rest of their lives.
Here is a look at eight very good college players whose skills have them on the first-round bubble. These players all have flaws which more than likely will cost them that guaranteed first-round contract.
Taylor emerged as one of the best point guards in the country last season, but he couldn't follow up his momentum in his senior year. Taylor's stats dropped across the board this season, most notably his points—from 18 points a game as a junior to about 15 points a game as a senior.
His lack of size and quickness will take him out of the first round.
Buford is one of the best shooters in the country, but at 6'5", 209 pounds, Buford is not an elite athlete for an NBA shooting guard.
He doesn't have an explosive first step to get to the rim. Since he struggles to create offense for himself, he may be limited to just being a spot-up shooter in the NBA.
Jones put together an All-American season this year for the Mountaineers, averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds a game.
At 6'8" though, Jones will be an undersized post, and his perimeter game is below average. Jones shot 26 percent from three-point range this season. He also lacks athleticism.
Taylor put together a great senior season in helping lead the Jayhawks to the national championship game. While Taylor has good speed, he has never been a consistent offensive contributor until this season.
Taylor's decision-making skills, especially against pressure defenses, remain below average for a starting-caliber NBA point guard.
A legit seven footer, Melo has the potential to be very good, but eligibility issues made his college career disappointing.
Melo is not a good rebounder for his size, and his offensive game is limited. He needs to improve his conditioning as well.
Ratliffe's most impressive quality is high motor. He plays hard every second that he is on the court.
Despite being strong, Ratliffe is an undersized post with a limited offensive game. He also lacks explosiveness and quickness.
Harkless must get stronger and improve his jump shot. Harkless can be wild at times and lose focus.
At this stage, he is more of an athlete than anything, and scouts question if he can succeed in a structured NBA offense.
Green became a star this season, but how will his skills translate to the NBA?
Is he a shooting guard? Is he a small forward? Is he a power forward?
Green lacks size, quickness, and explosiveness. He does many things well, but doesn't stand out in one particular area.