As the 2012 campaign dwindles down to the crowning of the year’s much anticipated champion, the draftees sit patiently waiting for their turn to be called.
The NBA Draft inches ever closer, and this year is stockpiled with talent. Special thanks to North Carolina and Kentucky for allowing us the privilege to take their starting line-ups.
With the top five picks essentially set in stone, we take a look down the depth chart and entertain the likes of the players flying under the radar for 2012.
In no particular order, I have listed my version of the top three names to become familiar with on draft day.
Tony Wroten, G, Washington
As a student at the helm of the University of Arizona, I unfortunately had to bear witness all too often to the talented Wroten.
At 6’5’’ Wroten possesses all the strengths necessary to compete at the next level. Plain and simple, Wroten is a playmaker. He can beat you off the dribble or drive it home via the aerial route. His ability to spot up and hit the knock down jumper is rather impressive, but what separates Wroten from his competition is his vision.
His ability to get into the lane and create havoc allows him the opportunity to dish it outside to his salivating teammates that stand around the arc. Still very young, Wroten has a lot to improve upon, but my stock is firmly invested in Washington’s Tony Wroten.
Royce White, PF, Iowa State
Iowa State and basketball? Don't say that to Royce White. White can be credited for putting the Cyclones on the map after captivating audiences with his big shot abilities down the stretch.
At 6'8'' White possesses the framework necessary to establish a presence underneath, yet handles the ball like a guard. His uncanny abilities have created a stellar post game and mid-range jump-shot for himself.
White is a very physical player that will face-up anyone on the court. His physical presence may be the determining factor that decides whether he gets drafted or not. Off-the-court scuffles have landed White in trouble before. Are teams willing to take a risk in the talented White? Or will his actions carry over into the formation of another Metta World Peace?
The risk is worth the reward.
Terrence Ross, G, Washington
The counterpart to his former teammate, Tony Wroten, Ross is a knockdown perimeter shooter. Ross uses speed to his advantage, creating opportunities off of screens to hit the jumper. At 6'6'' Ross possesses the ideal size for a perimeter scoring guard.
Coming off the pine in 2010, we all saw what Ross can do given one season in the starting role. He racked together a healthy average of 16.4 points per game, so who's to say it can't convert at the next level. Take J.J. Reddick for example, who has steadily made a name for himself. With the element of time comes maturity, and Ross will transition smoothly into a point-scoring machine.