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While Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist didn't have the most prolific freshman season, he displayed enough promise to be considered this draft's best small forward prospect.
Full of untapped potential, Kidd-Gilchrist isn't a natural-born scorer like Harrison Barnes. Instead, Kidd-Gilchrist takes pride in being proficient in all areas of the game, not just excelling in a few of them.
An athletic specimen reminiscent of Philadelphia 76ers' small forward Andre Iguodala, Kidd-Gilchrist is as determined as they come once he steps on the floor.
One of the hardest workers at the college level, Kidd-Gilchrist has the ability to become one of the NBA's most well-rounded players in a short period of time. With his work ethic and tenacity, expect Kidd-Gilchrist to be in the running for the NBA's Rookie of the Year award.
Like Barnes, Kidd-Gilchrist is likely to be selected in the draft's top five picks. Where he will wind up, however, is very much up in the air.
The Washington Wizards' recent acquisition of swingman Trevor Ariza may have them out of the running for Kidd-Gilchrist, leaving Charlotte, Cleveland and Sacramento all as very real possibilities.