NBA Draft 2012: Top Prospects Set to Rise Up Draft Boards

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 25:  Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against the Baylor Bears during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Final at the Georgia Dome on March 25, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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There is no place for players like Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to go on draft boards but down. Bradley Beal and Thomas Robinson are pretty high up there, too.

These stars are largely considered to be the top four picks in most NBA mock draft, and all four have tremendous potential.

But a number of their peers are still jockeying for draft position and a few in particular are ready to move up the board.

Here's a look at three guys ready to fly up the boards.


Quincy Miller, Baylor

Like his college teammate Perry Jones III, Quincy has an incredible amount of upside and could've been one of the steals in this draft.

But now it looks like teams have gotten hip to him and, most importantly, his versatility.

Miller struggled at times as a freshman at Baylor, but most reports indicate that he wasn't entirely healthy. Now he's heading through a workout circuit that will give him a chance to showcase all the tremendous skills he possesses and what he could be like with a few more years of maturity.

It wouldn't be surprising at all to see him elevate into the lottery or a top-10 pick.


Terrence Jones, Kentucky

Everyone knew about Jones last year, but he chose to return to school and won the National championship he wanted so badly.

He wasn't brilliant in the process, though, and actually damaged his stock during the run for the title as stars like Davis and MKG were born.

However, teams haven't forgotten how talented he really is and these workouts are going to give him a chance to showcase all his abilities.

At 6'9", there is so much he brings to the court and one team is bound jump on him sooner rather than later.


Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure

Unlike Jones and Miller, Nicholson is a four-year player who teams have seen plenty of, but he wasn't on the biggest of stages.

He's a unique guy with great size and tremendous skill. He can do everything, including step back beyond the three-point line, and is willing to play defensive and rebound.

Nicholson was looked at early-20s pick, but he could be rising into the back end of the lottery or at least the early teens.

The Celtics, who've been looking at him hard according to Adrian Wojnarowski, may not get a chance to select him at all.