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
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
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
Who worries you more?
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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