NBA Draft 2013: College Studs Guaranteed to Be Duds in the Pros
As the NBA postseason draws nearer to a close, the attention begins to shift to next year and the upcoming draft.
The Cleveland Cavalers won the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday night, May 21, and can now begin scouting the array of college talent entering the 2013 NBA Draft to see who is worthy of being chosen No. 1 overall.
There are several big name stars in the mix, and while some have the ability to step in and contribute right away, others may not fare as well.
Here are five players who lit up the college scoreboard, but may not have such a bright future at the next level.
Shabazz Muhammad entered the 2012-13 college basketball season as the potential No. 1 draft pick. However, after several mishaps and a so-so year, his draft stock has plummeted.
Muhammad started his freshman year at UCLA on the bench while serving a three-game suspension for violating NCAA rules. He was not allowed to practice with the team and as a result, his weight ballooned to 230 pounds.
Once he got his chance, the freshman only averaged about 17 points per game and did not thrive in head coach Ben Howland's system. The Bruins also had a first-round exit in the NCAA tournament.
Heading into the NBA scouting combine, Muhammad has several red flags, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News. His prior behavior issues will certainly be noted. Pair his behavior with a couple of poor shooting performances and his controversial decision not to participate in the most recent set of combine drills, and he proves to be a risk.
On the other hand, he has gotten his weight down to about 218 and has proven to be a competitor.
Muhammad has certainly shown and spoken about his eagerness to prove himself, but could it be just a little too late?
Rudy Gobert stands 7'2" with a standing reach of about 9'7". With hands measured to be about 9.75 inches, he is one of the biggest players to enter the combine.
However, the Frenchmen has been very unimpressive in his workouts, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News. His standing vertical was only recorded at about 25 inches and his max vertical was roughly 29 inches.
Gobert is very thin and did not show much polish in his drills or in using his athleticism to its full potential.
He does have high defensive potential and with his great length could become the next big shot-blocker or inside defender.
Until then, it will take patience, work, and possibly years for him to grow into his body and learn how to use it in developing into an NBA-caliber player.
Kelly Olynyk has been under as much scrutiny as the Gonzaga Bulldogs were just two months ago when they were revealed as a No. 1 seed in the 2013 NCAA tournament.
They nearly became the first No. 1 seed to be defeated by a No. 16 seed and exited in the next matchup.
Critics said the Bulldogs, despite having the best overall record in college basketball heading into the tournament, did not deserve the No. 1 seed because of their lack of competition.
As Olynyk heads into the combine, he faces those same criticisms.
No one really knows how he will match up with bigger, stronger players and tougher competition. The Bulldogs' lack of a tournament run proved perhaps that Olynyk is not ready to handle the pressure, fame and the spotlight of being an NBA star.
Archie Goodwin is one of the few players from Kentucky's disappointing 2012-13 team to move on to the next level.
The dynamic combo guard has shown he can handle the ball tremendously and is an explosive shooter in a variety of ways, but Goodwin's combine workouts have shown otherwise, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.
He has looked flat and was even called "delusional" by an NBA coach. Goodwin has struggled immensely to get his usually dominating shot to fall and overall, has been inconsistent, invisible and not playing with confidence.
Goodwin has the raw talent needed to be successful at the next level. It is just a matter of when and how long, if at all, he will grow into it and develop it.
Even before Alex Len stepped foot on the basketball court for the University of Maryland, international scouts were projecting him as a lottery pick in whichever NBA draft he entered.
The 7'1" Ukrainian quickly became the face of the re-surging Terps' program.
His college career got off to shaky start though, as he was suspended the first 10 games of his freshman season for possible violation of the amateurism rule. Once he hit the court, he had moments of greatness and moments in which fans scratched their heads.
While Len proved to be one of the most dominating big men this past college season, he also seemed to be one of the most inconsistent. Some say he could not live up to his hype.
In the first game of the 2012-2013 season, he dominated projected No. 1 pick and the nation's top recruit Nerlens Noel at the time by scoring 23 points and collecting 12 rebounds. But his performance seemed to never reach that height again.
Alex Len's NBA career will go one of two ways, either as the NBA's next great center or the next European big-man bust.
So far, all signs are pointing towards the latter.