With exhibition games underway and the regular season starting soon, eyes are turning to what should be a fascinating 2012-2013 college basketball season, and that means that people are looking at who could make a major impact at the next level.
While this crop of players is not as highly touted as those that declared for the 2012 draft, there are a number of young stars, primarily American-born, who have the potential to be impact players at the NBA level depending on where they land. It is yet another year of stud underclassmen, but there are a handful of elite veterans who could potentially make a splash this June.
Obviously, at this juncture it is difficult to predict each team's selections with complete certainty, but bearing in mind the potential for an injury or an unexpected emergence, I have assembled a realistic look at the way the 2013 NBA draft could shake out.
Note: Since the NBA landscape looks so different for 2012-2013 than it did in 2011-2012, this draft order is a projection and is purely speculation.