NBA Draft 2012: Royce White and Late First-Round Picks Who Will Be All-Stars

Tim KeeneyContributor IJune 27, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17:  Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats drives in the first half against Royce White #30 of the Iowa State Cyclones during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 17, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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If there is a draft class that is going to produce double-digit All-Stars, 2012 is the one. 

This year's draft is absolutely stacked with intriguing, high-upside prospects, but even I'll admit that getting that many All-Stars from one class is a tall task. 

Remember, you can be a solid role player and still not make an All-Star team. The word All-Star gets thrown around a little too much. Despite how watered down the game is, it's still an incredibly impressive feat to get selected. 

So when you say there's a class that will produce so many All-Stars, that's really saying something. Even 2003's stacked class has only seen eight players make the coveted game. 

The last class to send 10 players to the big game was 1996, the draft in which Allen Iverson was selected first. 

With all that being said, I see lots of high-upside prospects projected outside of the lottery who have a good chance at one day being an All-Star.

If one or two of these guys hit, and knowing the immense talent at the top of the draft, in five years this could be seen as one of the best classes in recent memory. 

Royce White, SF, Iowa State

If Royce White didn't have anxiety problems or a fear of flying, he would be a lottery pick. The fact that the Celtics have reportedly promised White at No. 21 is comedic. I would promise him at that spot, too.

Should White fall to the Cs there, it will be an absolute joke of a steal. 

Sure, he's a bit of a tweener at 6'8", so he might struggle in the post, but his 261-pound frame and 7'0" wingspan should quell those concerns. Even if he gets moved to small forward, he has the quickness and ball-handling to thrive there.

And that's what makes White so special. His ball-handling and his uncanny passing ability. He led the Cyclones in every major category during his only year at Iowa State. He's the prototypical power forward.

If you want a comparison, White looks to me like a more explosive, more fit Boris Diaw. He could improve his outside shooting, but he's going to be a force in every aspect of the game in a couple of years. 

Tony Wroten, PG, Washington

Talk about your physical freaks. 

Wroten is 6'6" and 203 pounds, and yet his athleticism and quickness make him one of the most explosive point guards in the draft.

The fact that he can't shoot is a problem, yes, but that just makes his freshman season at Washington all that more impressive. Defenders constantly backed a step or two off him, but he still got around them with ease. 

Combine his elite size, athleticism and quickness with rare passing ability and vision, and you have yourself a point guard prospect to drool over.

Wroten has his concerns, such as as shooting, decision-making and giving an expletive on defense, but his ceiling is easily higher than any other point guard in this draft. 

He needs a year or two to develop, but if a coach gets the potential out of him, he's a bona fide All-Star. 

Arnett Moultrie, PF, Mississippi State

The one word that always comes to mind with Arnett Moultrie is "talented."

At 6'11" and 233 pounds, he's not supposed to have the outside game (44.4 percent from deep) or athleticism that he has.

It's understandable why those parts of his game are so developed, though, as Moultrie basically moved from small forward to power forward as his college career went on. That, in retrospect, is why he is such a sought-after prospect.

Not only does he have deep range for his size, he has scary athleticism (nine out of 10 by, also has a vertical equal with Terrence Ross), he runs the court well and he crashes the glass better than almost anyone in this draft (10.5 per game). 

That's the kicker right there. He has all the tools that will translate to the next level, but he adds in the motor and toughness, unlike some prospects we know (ahem, Perry Jones).

Moultrie doesn't have the best back-to-the-basket offensive game, but when he faces up, he has a quick first step and dazzling spin move that will help him score inside. 

Everything is there for Moultrie—he just needs to shore up his leadership and intangibles. If he does that, he's going to be a unique player at the next level.