College Basketball: Predicting CBB's 2012-13 One-and-Done First Round Picks
The 2012 NBA draft is now in the books.
All told, eight freshmen were picked in the first round last night.
This followed the recent trend of the number of one-and-done picks made in the first round: six freshmen were selected in 2011 and seven were chosen in 2010.
Looking ahead to next year's draft, here are the seven freshmen who will most likely shake David Stern's hand as a one-and-done selection in the 2013 NBA draft.
7. Anthony Bennett, UNLV
Anthony Bennett is the featured player in UNLV's 2012 recruiting class that includes five high school commits and two college transfers.
Bennett has an NBA-ready body (6'8", 230 lbs) and skills to match.
Playing alongside Mike Moser next season, Bennett should be able to demonstrate his frontcourt versatility.
He can either post up down low or step out to the perimeter to knock down shots.
6. Steven Adams, Pittsburgh
Pitt basketball fans are ready for an exciting 2012-13 season with Steven Adams leading the way.
The 7'0" center from New Zealand plays with an intensity level on both ends of the court that will drive opponents crazy (and make NBA scouts drool) next year.
Though Adams has the ability to move outside, Jamie Dixon will make sure that he stays close to where he can do the most damage: in the paint.
5. Kyle Anderson, UCLA
Kyle Anderson is an intriguing player whose length and skill set make up a matchup nightmare.
At 6'7", Anderson can play any of the perimeter positions with ease.
His passing and ball-handling abilities give UCLA head coach Ben Howland the options of starting one of the tallest lineups in the country.
Anderson may be most dangerous as a point forward, balancing both scoring and playmaking from the wing.
4. Kaleb Tarczewski, Arizona
Don't misread the fact that Kaleb Tarczewski may be the least hyped elite-level player in the class of 2012.
The seven-footer from New Hampshire has an advanced post game that makes him a handful on the block.
Tarczewski's motor and mobility put the finishing touches on his game.
3. Isaiah Austin, Baylor
Baylor may have lost three frontcourt players in the 2012 draft, but Isaiah Austin will step right in this coming season and help Baylor's head coach Scott Drew successfully move on to the next chapter.
At 7'0", Austin has the size to dominate down low. But what makes him so special is that he can also step out, put the ball on the deck and knock down shots from the perimeter.
Austin's skills make it possible that he will be evaluated as a PF, not just a center.
2. Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA
Shabazz Muhammad is a multi-dimensional wing that has the size (6'6") and game to play either the SG or SF positions.
No one in the class of 2012 commands the kind of attention from his opponents that Muhammad does.
He is a fantastic scorer who is equally skilled in the open court or in half-court sets.
With the combination of the Bruins returning players and a mind-blowing recruiting class, watch for UCLA in the 2013 Final Four.
1. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
Nerlens Noel is the best of best bigs from the class of 2012.
Noel is a fierce defender, shot-blocker and rebounder that will be the No. 1 player taken in the 2013 NBA draft.
Even though he is not an excellent scorer yet, his ability to crash the offensive boards and get violent put-backs will more than get it done.
Because of his athleticism and instincts, Noel is the type of player that NBA scouts can't pass up.