Which 2013 NCAA Basketball Recruits Are NBA-Ready Right Now?
College basketball’s recruiting class of 2013 is a dazzlingly talented group that will leave its mark on next season and the 2014 NCAA tournament in North Texas.
A large group of these incoming freshmen are NBA-ready.
If players could still go directly from high school hoops to NBA rosters, here is a list of 10 players who would be selected in the 2013 NBA draft on June 27.
10. Chris Walker (Florida)
Walker is long (6’10") and lean (195 lbs). He uses his insane athleticism to run the floor and rise high above the rim to terrorize opponents on both ends of the court.
His shot-blocking instincts and ability to throw down just about anything close to the rim could draw comparisons with 2012 national player of the year Anthony Davis.
When you put Walker alongside of low-post senior beast Patric Young, it is not hard to imagine Florida competing for all the marbles in Cowboys Stadium next April.
It's also not difficult to see Walker as a 2014 lottery pick.
9. James Young (Kentucky)
If you get tired of hearing props being given to players from one team, brace yourself.
There's going to be a lot of incoming Kentucky recruits on this list.
Small forward James Young is a nasty, left-handed wing that brings a rare combination of skill and toughness to Lexington.
Young is a skillful scorer who can bomb from beyond the arc or beat his man off the dribble.
While he’s a guy who can fill the “go-to” role on just about any team, Young has the ability to find his teammates and deliver the ball to them in scoring position.
This will come in real handy on this Wildcats squad that is busting at the seams with NBA talent.
8. Aaron Harrison (Kentucky)
One of Aaron Harrison's many outstanding qualities is his ability to create scoring opportunities for himself at will.
Give him the ball, and he's ready to knock down threes, put the ball on the deck and get into the lane, or pull up from mid-range.
Harrison adds a high basketball IQ to his focused scorer's mentality.
His size (6'5", 205) puts him right where NBA scouts want a shooting guard to be.
Because of the vast array of talent on Kentucky's 2013-14 roster, don't let Harrison's final numbers mislead you into thinking that he's anything less than ready for the Association.
7. Wayne Selden (Kansas)
At 6’5” and 220 pounds, Selden has an NBA-ready physique that will punish collegiate opponents in his one year in Lawrence.
He is a relentless penetrator who loves to explode to the rim and tomahawk the heck out of the ball.
With positions being more fluid than in past years, Selden may establish a new designation: the power wing.
6. Noah Vonleh (Indiana)
With all of the frontcourt talent in the 2013 recruiting class, Noah Vonleh has ended up flying under the radar in terms of being known as one of the best power forwards among the incoming freshmen.
Vonleh, gearing up to play for Tom Crean at Indiana, has a versatile frontcourt skill set that features an exceptional handle that allows him to take his opponents to the rack from anywhere this side of half court.
While he may not be an explosive dunker, the 6'8" combo forward has nice bounce and is a skilled rebounder.
A solid shooter from distance, Vonleh fits right into the Hoosiers utilizing power forwards out on the perimeter.
5. Andrew Harrison (Kentucky)
Andrew Harrison is not a converted wing who can dribble and pass. Some players’ performances do not quite match the hype that surrounds them.
Harrison’s floor-leader game is legit. The 6’5”, 210-pound point guard is the authentic article, a true point guard with NBA size.
With exceptional hoops IQ and court vision, Harrison runs the break and half-court sets like a player with much more experience than an incoming college freshman.
Because of his length, Harrison has passing angles available to him that most point guards don't. Even in the Association, he will be able to use his size to his advantage.
4. Aaron Gordon (Arizona)
Gordon ended up being named the game's MVP with 24 points (nine dunks) and eight rebounds. The track record for those who have been given this award in the past, like Kevin Durant and LeBron James, is awfully good
Gordon has a completely explosive game that features tons of rim-rattling slam dunks and highlight-reel tip-jams.
The 6’8” combo forward has surprisingly good handles and can be counted on to create offense for his teammates
3. Julius Randle (Kentucky)
Because of an injury at the beginning of his senior year, Julius Randle was not able to showcase his outrageous talents like most elite-level seniors.
This didn’t seem to bother any of the top programs that were attempting to entice him to come to their schools.
Though Randle will certainly play power forward at Kentucky, the 6’9”, 225-pound mega-athlete can do so many things well that he could move around the court and fill a ton of roles on next year’s Wildcats roster.
He does his best work around the bucket, but Randle has plenty of ability to step out on the floor, face up and knock down shots from mid-range and beyond.
2. Jabari Parker (Duke)
Unlike so many widely heralded young players, Parker has the game and unselfishness to live up to his media status.
He plays with an amazingly high basketball IQ and an astonishing versatility. The 6’8” combo forward is able to make his contribution to the game in virtually every category possible.
He is able to score from the perimeter or on the block with equal skill. Parker’s handle and court vision allow him to penetrate or pick apart defenses with his outstanding passing ability. He has a nose for the ball on the boards and gets to missed shots on both ends of the court.
His one year at Duke will help him fine tune his extraordinary skills before being one of the first players selected in the 2014 NBA draft.
1. Andrew Wiggins (Undecided)
Of all the class of 2013 recruits who are NBA-ready now, no one fits that description more perfectly than Andrew Wiggins.
The 6’7” small forward is a freak when it comes to athleticism and overall hoops skill. Wiggins has a ridiculous offensive arsenal that he utilizes to dominate opponents. His handle and shooting ability make him, at times, virtually unstoppable.
Whichever college Wiggins ultimately decides to attend will be an automatic Final Four challenger.
If high school players could be selected in this year’s NBA draft, Wiggins would be the No. 1 pick.