NBA Draft 2012: The Pac-12's 5 Best Prospects

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NBA Draft 2012: The Pac-12's 5 Best Prospects
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The Pac-12 will be in the "Green Room" during in the 2012 NBA Draft.

According to CBSSports.com, Washington shooting guard Terrence Ross was one of 14 players invited to that oversized mens' zone inside of Newark's Prudential Center, where the top picks will hug it out—David Stern's means of hinting at who the NBA believes will be picked in the lottery.

A main beneficiary of Jared Sullinger's sudden decline, if Ross is not selected among the first 14, that will be a rarity for the conference.

The last time the Pac-12/Pac-10 went without a lottery pick was 2010, when Washington's Quincy Pondexter was the highest selection, going 26th to Oklahoma City. Before that, the conference had at least one player selected in the top 14 every year since 1997 (Basketball-Reference.com).

In 2011, Arizona's Derrick Williams went No. 2, Wazzu's Klay Thompson went No. 11 and USC's Nikola Vukevic went No. 16.

But the talent pool was drained after the 2011 campaign, and the Pac-12 paid for it by not beating a single Top 25 team in the non-conference.

That's not to say there aren't players capable of making an impact—although probably not immediately—who played out their eligibility on the West Coast in the Pac-12.

There were several stars in an otherwise down season.

Check out the conference's top five NBA prospects inside:

 

*All statistics by way of ESPN.com

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