It's becoming increasingly clear who the stars of the 2013 NBA draft will be.
NBA franchises are looking for guys who can make plays at both ends of the floor and handle the pressure of playing at the highest level of competition, which these three men all proved during their college careers.
Who am I talking about?
Let's take a look at three players I believe will be immediate studs at the pro level.
Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas
Already drawing comparisons to NBA great Ray Allen, shooting guard Ben McLemore appears poised for a bright career in the NBA.
McLemore averaged 15.9 points per game as a freshman at Kansas last season while shooting 49.5 percent from the field and an impressive 42 percent from three-point territory. McLemore also contributed five rebounds and two assists per game, which shows his versatility as a 2 guard.
At 6'5", McLemore is a solid rebounder and an athletic wing who possesses elite shooting abilities. Perhaps the best trait that McLemore boasts is that he plays on both ends of the floor.
Not only is McLemore one of the best shooters in the country, he also plays lockdown defense, making him the type of player every NBA team covets.
With a slew of NBA teams near the top of the draft looking for an athletic shooter, look for McLemore to go early and make an immediate impact in the NBA in 2013-14.
Otto Porter Jr., SF, Georgetown
Big East Player of the Year Otto Porter Jr. could be the most complete player in the 2013 NBA draft.
He scores (16.2 PPG), rebounds (7.5 RPG), passes (2.7 APG) and puts in work on the defensive end, averaging nearly one block per game. At 6'9", the sophomore is a lengthy wing who shot 42 percent from three-point range last season and has proven to be an excellent ball-handler.
One of the trends you're going to see in this column is that these guys are elite defenders and that goes for Porter as well. He has both the length and the size to guard elite players at the position, similar to San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard.
It's becoming increasingly clear that Porter will be a top pick in the draft, if none other than the fact that he's only working out for the top three teams in the draft, via Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer:
Whether he's contributing with his lockdown defense or knocking down shots from the wing, Porter Jr. is going to be a stud in the NBA.
Trey Burke, PG, Michigan
If there's one thing we already know about Michigan point guard Trey Burke it's that he's one of the most clutch players in the game. Burke's clutch playmaking abilities were on display in the 2013 NCAA tournament as he led Michigan to the championship game against Louisville.
Burke was named the AP College Basketball Player of the Year for his efforts last season, and rightly so. The sophomore averaged 18.6 points and 6.7 assists per game while shooting 38 percent from three-point territory.
He's above and beyond the most gifted point guard of his class, owning excellent court vision and one of the strongest drives to the basket among his peers. His ability to suck the defense in and kick the ball out to his teammates is what makes him so deadly at the point.
Burke's body of work at Michigan surely makes a case for the point guard being a star in the NBA, and the fact that he can shoot from the outside and finish at the rim certainly doesn't hurt the case for Burke being a difference maker at the pro level.
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