NBA Draft 2013: Recent Entrants Who Will Make the Most Impact

Matt MetzlerContributor IIIApril 15, 2013

LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 05: Nerlens Noel #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball during the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Rupp Arena on February 5, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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At the end of the college basketball season, all attention is devoted to which players will officially declare for the NBA Draft.

It is a life-changing decision for most, which brings along with it high risk and inevitably high reward.

Some players have recently come out and officially announced their plans to declare for the NBA Draft and they will certainly make a positive impact for whichever team they end up with.


Trey Burke:

Trey Burke entering the NBA Draft after his sophomore year should not come as a shock to anybody (via ESPN). 

After all, he is the consensus national player of the year.

Burke showed how capable of a scorer and distributor he can be in the national championship game. His seven points to open the scoring for Michigan sent a message to NBA scouts that he was for real.

Whichever team is fortunate enough to land Burke may have a budding star on their hands.

If Burke can limit his turnovers and continue to shoot well from the outside while holding onto his ability to drive past defenders, with some coaching, learning and NBA experience, he can be a scary player.


Otto Porter Jr.:

Otto Porter Jr. decided today he will officially forgo his next two years of eligibility and enter the NBA draft (via ESPN).

Like Burke, not really a shock here.

Porter Jr. led the Georgetown Hoyas in scoring, rebounding and steals this past season and was rightly named Big East Player of the Year.

The probable lottery pick played in a conference physical enough to prepare him for the NBA.

Porter Jr.'s length should see him excel on both ends of the floor in the NBA.

Add some strength to Porter's 6'8" frame and he could one day become a dominant inside presence with consistent jump-shooting ability.


Nerlens Noel:

Leaving Kentucky to enter the NBA Draft after one season, a season which ended with season-ending knee surgery, could be looked at as controversial.

Nerlens Noel doesn't seem to care, however, and will enter the NBA Draft (via ESPN).

It will be hard for any team to pass on Noel, who probably will be going as the first overall pick.

Noel has the potential to be a double-double machine in points and rebounding, accompanied with several blocks.

This is all assuming he can stay healthy, as knee injuries can be a messy situation.

While his offensive game leaves something to be desired, Noel is a beast on the defensive end.

Opposing teams would certainly stay away from the lane and his dynamic shot-blocking ability.

If Noel stays healthy, gains strength and finds ways to finish more efficiently around the rim, look for him to make a name for himself as a feared center league-wide.