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NBA Draft 2013: Latest Word on Top College Players

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David BessinFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2013

With the 2013 NBA draft less than a week away, here are the most recent developments regarding some of the draft’s top prospects.

 

Nerlens Noel

After seeming to fall out of Cleveland’s favor as the No. 1 pick, Noel still had a visit with the Cavaliers. According to Pro Basketball Draft’s Twitter account, it was a good-but-not-great session:

Noel may have made a positive impression, but it wasn’t enough to offset fears of his injury and size. With recent interest in fellow center Alex Len, it’s tough to see the Cavs taking Noel first on draft day.

 

Otto Porter/Anthony Bennett

It seems like the Washington Wizards have narrowed their list to two.

According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, the Wizards are trying to decide between Georgetown’s Otto Porter and UNLV's Anthony Bennett. Porter is an immediate contributor, but Bennett has a higher ceiling.

With the amount of talent they already have in John Wall and Bradley Beal, the Wizards can afford not to gamble. It would be a smart move to take Porter, who would fill out their starting perimeter.

 

Shabazz Muhammad 

While many projected Muhammad’s stock was slipping during the evaluation process, the Sacramento Kings announced he would return for a second workout in front of the new management. Per a report from Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, coach Michael Malone was impressed with the UCLA freshman and the possibility of him going to the Kings at No. 7 is a definite possibility.

Whether he does well in his second workout or not, teams will take notice and he could be raised on some teams’ draft boards into the mid-lottery.

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