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NBA Draft 2012: Prospects Who Have Fallen Down Draft Boards

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17:  Royce White #30 of the Iowa State Cyclones walks off of the court dejected after they lost to the Kentucky Wildcats 87-71 during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 17, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJune 8, 2012

It's not how you start. It's how you finish.

Plenty of NBA prospects excelled this past season, but the pre-draft workouts and interviews also play a big part in where you land in the draft.

And while some prospects have risen, others have fallen, whether it be because of character concerns or one-dimensional play.

Here's a look at three prospects who have fallen leading up to the 2012 NBA draft on June 28.

 

Perry Jones III, F, Baylor

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 10:  Ricardo Ratliffe #10 of the Missouri Tigers and Perry Jones III #1 of the Baylor Bears vie for position during the championship game of the 2012 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 10, 2012 in Kansas C
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Perry Jones is a physical specimen who has the ability to play small forward and power forward. The problem is, he was very inconsistent at Baylor this past season and many question his motor and desire on the hardwood. 

An NBA GM told Chad Ford of ESPN:

"Could he be great? Sure. But I think he's a major project and a major risk. There are safer picks in the top 10 with very good upsides. I think there's a good chance that he slides in the draft as people continue to wrestle with who he is."

Jones could still be a lottery pick, but there's so much risk involved with him (from his motor, to his passion, to his ability as a small forward) that it's hard to imagine him being a top-10 pick. He was supposed to be a sure thing in the top 10.

 

Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 18:  Kendall Marshall #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels prepares to play against the Creighton Bluejays in the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 18, 2012 in Greensboro, North C
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Kendall Marshall is a great passer who makes everyone around him better, nobody's debating that. The problem is, there are questions about his shooting ability. NBA teams must be wondering if teams will back up and give him jump shots while clogging passing lanes.

There's also the fact that Marshall is not a very good defender and he's not an explosive athlete. It's starting to look like teams will go with more explosive prospects early on in the draft.

 

Royce White, F, Iowa State

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 15:  Royce White #30 of the Iowa State Cyclones attempts a shot in the seocnd half against Andre Drummond #12 of the Connecticut Huskies during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on Marc
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Royce White is a phenomenal prospect on the basketball court. He's a freak athlete who can also act as a point-forward and he has the ability to guard both forward positions. He's also a solid rebounder who can finish at the rim.

There are some considerable concerns with White, however. First, he's not much of an outside shooter. Second, he's a horrid free-throw shooter. And, last but not least, he suffers from an anxiety disorder and has a fear of flying. There is concern that his problems off the court in particular will stunt his development at the next level.

 

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