NBA Draft 2012: Davis Leads the Pack

Matthew StoneContributor IIMay 26, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 31:  Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts late in the second half against the Louisville Cardinals during the National Semifinal game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on March 31, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Anthony Davis comes out of the University Of Kentucky looking like the surefire, number one pick of the upcoming NBA Draft.

Davis, who helped lead the Wildcats to the National Championship, has the kind of ability, work ethic, and athleticism that make NBA Scouts drool over him.

A team like the Bobcats would love to add Davis to their roster. Why? They lack everything that Davis could bring to them- size, athleticism, speed, and a big man who can hit the open jumper.

The fact that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was the second best player on his college team shows you how good the national champion Wildcats were. Gilchrist does have work to do to improve his game, but he is an aggressive player who can score the ball and will be a versatile defender for whatever team drafts him.

With the exception of these two players, some experts say that the draft class is weak- especially at guard. But here are some players that can make a steady impact in the NBA.

- Thomas Robinson (Kansas)

- Bradley Beal (Florida)

- Harrison Barnes (North Carolina)

- Austin Rivers (Duke)

- Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)

- Perry Jones III (Baylor)


A sleeper in this draft could be Royce White (Iowa State). This small forward has drawn comparisons to Kenneth Fairead and is a selfless player who should adjust nicely to the NBA.

A possible bust in this draft is University of Connecticut big man Andre Drummond. Drummond reminds me a little of Greg Oden. He has no serious injury past but he was not as dominant of a post-player that many expected him to be in college. Some say he lacks motivation and toughness as well.