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Indiana Basketball Power Rankings: 5 Best NBA Prospects on the Hoosiers

Kyle GrandFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2013

Indiana Basketball Power Rankings: 5 Best NBA Prospects on the Hoosiers

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    The Indiana Hoosiers are in the middle of a great season. They are currently ranked No. 1 in the country, on top in the Big Ten standings and in contention for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. They have been successful because their roster is filled with NBA talent. Here are the top-five pro prospects currently on the Hoosiers' roster. 

5. Hanner Mosquera-Perea

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    Hanner Mosquera-Perea hasn't made the impact in his freshman year that fans expected he would, but he is still a quality talent. Prior to arriving in Bloomington, Mosquera-Perea received high marks from various scouting organizations, including Rivals.com

    He is a freak athlete who is solid in the post and can play above the rim. An early-season suspension from the NCAA certainly set him back, but if there is a coach who can develop him, it's Tom Crean.

    Mosquera-Perea needs to improve his jump shot and defense to have a legitimate chance at making it to the NBA, but because of his vast potential and athleticism, he makes this list.

4. Christian Watford

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    If this ranking was done in the summer, Christian Watford would be higher on this list. Last season, Watford was key in a surprise run to the Sweet 16. He averaged 12.6 points per game and shot 44 percent from the three-point line.

    While his numbers are similar this season (12.9 PPG, 47% 3PT), he hasn't shown the improvement that was expected of him. Because of the emergence of Victor Oladipo, Watford has become just another cog in the wheel and is no longer the go-to guy he was a season ago.

    Still, Watford has NBA potential. He rebounds well and could be very useful because of his excellent three-point shooting ability. 

3. Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell

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    Freshman Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell has improved throughout the season. He is now a confident point guard, running the offense for the No. 1 team in America. It's not crazy to think that Ferrell is a legitimate NBA prospect. Right now he is very similar to Marquis Teague. Teague was the freshman point guard for last year's Kentucky team and was drafted No. 29 by the Chicago Bulls.

    Player/Season     Height PPG RPG APG SPG FG% 3PT% FT%
    Teague 11-12 6'2" 10.0   2.5 4.8 .93 41.2   32.5   71.4
    Ferrell 12-13 6'0" 7.7   2.8 4.5 .90 40.2 34.0 81.0

    Ferrell's stats are essentially identical to Teague's. With a portion of the Big Ten season and entire NCAA Tournament to go, Ferrell will continue to develop and show that he is a viable NBA prospect.

2. Victor Oladipo

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    Victor Oladipo is easily the most improved player on his own team, if not the entire country. Because of his stellar play, his draft stock has skyrocketed.

    Oladipo has become a potential lottery pick because of his lockdown defense and improved offense. He currently boasts an impressive stat line (14.0 PPG, 64.4 FG%, 51.4 3PT%, 71.6 FT%, 5.8 RPG, 2.5 SPG).

    His non-stop motor, defensive prowess and ability to score in a variety of ways make him a must-have for NBA teams. 

1. Cody Zeller

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    Sophomore Cody Zeller deserves all the NBA hype he receives. Standing at 7'0" and weighing 240 pounds, Zeller has the size every NBA team is looking for. 

    Despite being so young, he has an impressive arsenal of low post moves and runs the floor like a guard. This season, Zeller has learned how to score away from the basket. To be a successful post player in the NBA, you have to be able to get to the free-throw line and convert. Zeller averages 7.1 free-throw attempts per game and is effective, shooting 73.9 percent.

    Zeller could have been an NBA lottery pick after last season but decided to stay another year. He must get stronger and work on his jump shot, but he is still the best NBA prospect on the roster. 

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