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NBA Draft 2012: 20 College Hoops Stars Who Could Possibly Go in the Lottery

Trevor LowryContributor IOctober 18, 2016

NBA Draft 2012: 20 College Hoops Stars Who Could Possibly Go in the Lottery

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    This past college basketball season has been a host to many great players. Many of these stars could very well find themselves going in the lottery in the 2012 NBA Draft.

    Although some players like Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond are an absolute given when it comes to being drafted in the lottery, there are some other players that may be a surprise. 

    Read on to find 20 college hoops stars who could possibly go in the lottery. 

Bradley Beal, Florida

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    Points per game: 14.8

    Rebounds per game: 6.7

    Bradley Beal was an absolute stud for the Florida Gators in his freshman year, helping lead Florida to the Elite Eight.

    He will be rewarded by being picked in the top five of the draft.

    Beal is an amazing shooter, with deep range. He was lights out for Florida and he will be lights out in the NBA. 

    What makes him so special though is his rebounding ability. Beal is arguably the best rebounding guard in the draft, which is saying a lot, considering how much depth the 2012 draft class has.

    Oh yeah, Beal is also a great defender. Sounds like a lottery pick to me. 

Thomas Robinson, Kansas

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    Points per game: 17.7

    Rebounds per game: 11.9

    Is there really any doubt that Thomas Robinson will be a lottery pick?

    Robinson is a freak on the boards, but that's not all. He can also pound his way to the hoop, which allows him to be an elite scorer and he plays exceptional defense. His physical play also helps out a great deal on both sides of the court.

Harrison Barnes, North Carolina

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    Points per game: 17.1

    Rebounds per game: 5.2

    Harrison Barnes may be regarded as overrated by a lot of people, but that means nothing in terms of where he will be drafted.

    Barnes will be a lottery pick and that is just how it is going to be.

    At 6'8" Barnes can shoot pretty well, displays a great basketball I.Q. and plays good defense.

    Barnes will not only be picked in the lottery, but he has a chance to go in the top five of the draft.  

Terrence Ross, Washington

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    Points per game: 16.4

    Rebounds per game: 6.4

    It is not likely that Terrence Ross will go in the lottery, but there still is a chance he will.

    Ross is one of the best off guards in the draft, thanks to his shooting ability, defensive skills and amazing hops.

    He obviously averaged good numbers this past season and definitely could make a great case for being a lottery pick. 

Austin Rivers, Duke

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    Points per game: 15.5

    Rebounds per game: 3.4

    Austin Rivers may be a little undersized for the shooting-guard position, but he has so much talent to make up for it.

    Rivers is a very confident shooter and a very good one at that. 

    If Rivers needed to, he could easily play at the point-guard position because his ball-handling skills are out of this world and he is great at penetrating.

    People may question Rivers because he tends to shoot the ball too much, but this kid has a lot of talent and is still getting better and better.  

Andre Drummond, Connecticut

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    Points per game: 10

    Rebounds per game: 7.6

    Andre Drummond is considered the best center in the draft; therefore, he will not only be a guarantee for the lottery, but a top five pick, as well.

    Drummond may need to work on his offensive game a little more, but he has room for improvement in that category.

    What makes Drummond a lottery pick though is his defensive and rebounding abilities. 

Dion Waiters, Syracuse

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    Points per game: 12.6

    Assists per game: 2.5

    Dion Waiters is one of the most elite athletes in the draft. His athleticism makes him capable of being an elite scorer at the next level.

    To solidify his game, Waiters must work on his shot. Growing a couple of inches would also be nice, but that's not going to happen.  

Kendall Marshall, North Carolina

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    Points per game: 8.1

    Assists per game: 9.8

    The North Carolina Tar Heels were nowhere near the same team when Kendall Marshall was not on the floor.

    North Carolina had some of the most talented players in the nation, but this talent really clicked when Marshall was dishing out highlight-reel passes left and right.

    If Marshall shot the ball, he would have easily averaged more points per game, but he is a very unselfish field general that has all the makings of an elite point guard at the next level. 

Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

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    Points per game: 17.5

    Rebounds per game: 9.2

    Who knows how Sullinger's game will fit in the NBA, but he was still one of the best big men in college basketball, which is pretty darn impressive because he is only 6'9''. 

    On a nightly basis, Sullinger had to take on the opposing team's center and still would usually dominate.

    This alone should make Sullinger a lottery pick. He is clearly a good rebounder, and his physical and tough play allows him to score the ball at a high rate. 

John Henson, North Carolina

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    Points per game: 13.7

    Rebounds per game: 9.9

    John Henson may have been overlooked while playing with some great talent on North Carolina, but he is still one of the best players in the draft.

    Henson can not only score the ball, but he can also rebound, block shots and play defense. 

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky

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    Points per game: 11.9

    Rebounds per game: 7.4

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is pretty much good at everything.

    He can rebound, pass, shoot and play defense. He also never stops playing basketball, even if he doesn't have a chance on the play, which is rather hard to say for most NBA players today.

    MKG will most likely go second overall, but, if not, he is a lock for a top-five pick. 

Terrence Jones, Kentucky

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    Points per game: 12.3

    Rebounds per game: 7.2 

    Terrence Jones may be considered overrated, but he is a lottery pick regardless.

    At 6'8'' Jones is a great shooter and an impressive ball-handler.

    Jones numbers may have been a little disappointing this past season, but that will happen when you play for one of the best college basketball teams of all time.

Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State

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    Points per game: 16.4

    Rebounds per game: 10.5

    Arnett Moultrie is your typical big man when it comes to rebounding the ball and playing defense.

    He is great at both.

    However, Moultrie also has a solid offensive game and can run the court amazingly well for being 6'11''. 

Meyers Leonard, Illinois

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    Points per game: 13.6

    Rebounds per game: 8.2

    Meyers Leonard is a true seven-footer that has a lot of room for improvement on the offensive side of the ball.

    Leonard is already a great defender, rebounder and shot-blocker, and he has a chance to be picked in the lottery for his size alone. 

Tony Wroten Jr., Washington

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    Points per game: 16

    Rebounds per game: 5

    Tony Wroten Jr. is a very good passer who can also rebound and score.

    His production alone makes him a lottery pick, but he must improve his jump shot if he wants a chance at being great at the next level. 

Tyler Zeller, North Carolina

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    Points per game: 16.3

    Rebounds per game: 9.6

    Tyler Zeller is one of the best centers in the draft, and he is a legitimate seven-footer, which is a huge bonus.

    What makes Zeller so special is that he has potential to be an elite scorer. He has some post moves, but he also can knock down the long ball from time to time.

    Plus, Zeller is athletic enough to lead a fast break. 

Damian Lillard, Weber State

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    Points per game: 24.5

    Rebounds per game: 5

    Damian Lillard scores the basketball, and then he scores some more. 

    Lillard is great at penetrating and can knock down shots from just about anywhere on the court.

    Lillard did play for Weber State, so we shall see how he fares playing against way tougher competition at the next level.

Perry Jones, Baylor

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    Points per game: 13.5

    Rebounds per game: 7.6

    Perry Jones has so much talent, but he has yet to live up to his hype. Jones will go in the lottery, which means NBA teams are obviously willing to take a chance on him.

    Even though Jones had been kind of a disappointment at Baylor, his numbers were still pretty decent.

    He is probably worth the gamble.

Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut

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    Points per game: 17.7

    Rebounds per game: 4.9

    Jeremy Lamb is a very impressive scorer when the game is not on the line, but when it is, he tends to disappear from the game.

    This is a huge issue that Lamb must fix, if he plans on getting paid for what he loves to do.

    Luckily for Lamb, he is a great shooter and also plays defense. 

Anthony Davis, Kentucky

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    Points per game: 14.2

    Rebounds per game: 10.4

    Do I really need to argue Anthony Davis' case for being a lottery pick? 

    Let's put it this way. Davis is the best player in the upcoming draft and he will be picked No. 1 overall.

    That is how good he is.


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