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NBA Draft 2012: 5 Prospects with the Biggest Bust Potential

Steven SlivkaCorrespondent IIIJune 20, 2012

NBA Draft 2012: 5 Prospects with the Biggest Bust Potential

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    With every draft comes talk of the next big superstar, the pick that got away and the flat-out bust.

    Even though the New Orleans Hornets are expected to take Anthony Davis as the No. 1 overall pick, there's no guarantee he will be a success.

    There's no guarantee that anybody who enters the NBA draft will be a success.

    With all of the talent in every draft, there's always that player who lit it up in college but disappointed as soon as they hit the NBA hardwood.

    Every year there's always a Hasheem Thabeet, Adam Morrison or Stromile Swift in the draft that just can't cut it in the NBA.

    It's a sad story, but somebody has to write it.

    Here is a list of five players that have the biggest bust potential in this year's draft.

Andre Drummond, UConn

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    Although his 6'10'', 280 pound frame would make any G.M. drool, Andre Drummond's game needs serious improvement in order to for him to make strides as a legit NBA center.

    As the second-youngest player in this year's draft, Drummond's maturity and experience will definitely be brought into question when teams ponder his draft stock.

    He only played one season for a disappointing UConn team that suffered an embarrassing loss at the hands of the Iowa State Cyclones in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

    With as big of a frame as he possesses, Drummond isn't very effective at getting defensive rebounds, averaging just six per game last season.

    With the exception of two solid performances against the No. 2 ranked Syracuse Orangemen where he finished with a combined 31 points and 24 rebounds and a double-double against No. 20 Florida State, Drummond was nowhere to be found when UConn faced a ranked opponent.

    Not to mention that his free throw percentage of 29.5 percent has to alarm anyone thinking of drafting the 18-year-old.

    He'll draw fouls for sure, but as his numbers show, he won't convert the free throws.

    He has the potential to be a dominant force in the NBA, but with only a single collegiate season under his belt and horrible struggles at the line, Drummond definitely appears to be a high-risk, high-reward prospect.

Quincy Miller, Baylor

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    The Baylor Bears had a remarkable run last season by going 30-8 and losing to the eventual national champion Kentucky Wildcats in the Elite 8.

    Freshman Quincy Miller was a big part of the Bears' success.

    His 11 points per game were critical for Baylor to have any success in the rugged Big 12 Conference.

    However, Miller's freshman season could be classified as nothing less than inconsistent.

    As the Bears got into the heart of their conference schedule, Miller scored 69 points over a three-game stretch against Oklahoma State, No. 7 Kansas and No. 5 Missouri.

    Just when he was becoming one of the most dominant players in the country, he began to fizzle out.

    Miller failed to break double digits in four of his next five games, and was held without a point while going 0-for-4 from the field against Texas shortly thereafter.

    He failed to find his game once the NCAA Tournament rolled around, scoring a combined 27 points in Baylor's four postseason games.

    His underdeveloped 6'10'', 210 pound frame also makes him a liability down low as NBA big men will overpower him easily.

    The Big 12 Freshman of the Year is also only one year removed from an ACL injury, a worry that all teams will take into consideration.

Festus Ezeli, Vanderbilt

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    Vanderbilt center Festus Ezeli's senior season was a roller coaster to say the least.

    A suspension from the NCAA and a preseason knee injury prevented him from being the consistent go-to guy for the Commodores in 2012.

    His knee injury slowed him down and inhibited his ability to finish the season strong, though he had his fair share of games where he dominated the scoreboard.

    His inability to dominate under the basket makes him a potential liability.

    A man that stands at 6'11'' and weighs 260 pounds should easily average more than 5.5 rebounds per game.

    NBA.com has Ezeli has a probable late first round pick, but it wouldn't be surprising at all if he fell to the second round.

    With only a year and a half of solid college basketball under his belt, Ezeli will have his work cut out for him once he is chosen in this year's draft.

Tony Wroten, Washington

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    As a freshman at Washington, 19-year-old Tony Wroten earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors and was named First Team All-Pac-12.

    His 16.7 points per game and his ability to spread the ball around were both key components to the Huskies' 21-10 record this season.

    Unfortunately for Wroten, his 6'5'' frame as a point guard leaves him without a true position once he is drafted.

    Although he put up what would be a successful season for any player, Wroten's game is filled with questions.

    In his only season at Washington he went an abysmal 9-for-56 from behind the arc for a lowly 16 percent.

    Shooting less than 60 percent on free throws hurts his game drastically, too.

    Wroten may have won the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, but unfortunately for him, as well as his draft stock, he played in the Pac-12.

    Only one team from the conference made the NCAA tournament and it wasn't even Washington.

    The lack of competition makes Wroten without a doubt one of the best players in the Pac-12. Once he hits the NBA though, the competition will be more intense than anything he ever saw coming out of the disappointing Pac-12.

    Wroten's inability to control the basketball hinders his chances of sneaking into the first round of the draft. He averaged the same amount of turnovers as he did assists during his freshman year, at a shade under four per game.

    He also turned the ball over six times in four different games.

    As exciting to watch as he is, his risk doesn't seem to be worth the reward.

Jared Sullinger, Ohio St.

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    After two phenomenal seasons at Ohio St., Jared Sullinger should easily be a top-five pick in this year's draft.

    Unfortunately for Sullinger, his medical report was red-flagged by NBA doctors, making him a very risky pick for any team willing to use a lottery pick on him.

    Sullinger, a two-time All-American at Ohio St., averaged 17.6 points and nearly 10 boards per game in his sophomore season.

    For two seasons Sullinger put up monstrous numbers for the Buckeyes, and before his red-flagged medical report, he was sure to be a lottery pick on June 28.

    According to Chad Ford of espn.com, Sullinger has a back injury, a cause for concern for any team that wants him.

    Although it's unfair to call it the "Greg Oden curse," doubts of Sullinger's ability to stay healthy will make him a liability for any team with a top-10 pick.

    Teams with picks that high are in need of a player who can stay healthy for the long run. They want somebody to build their franchise around, not someone who they'll constantly be worried about because of injuries.

    When he's healthy, Sullinger remains one of the most dominant and impressive players in this year's draft. However, with his back injury in the back of G.M.'s minds, who knows how far down he could fall.

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