Projects are all about long-term potential—guys with high ceilings, only their elevators are still at the ground floor or lower levels.
These are essentially the prospects with the most room to grow, players who have big-time potential but still have plenty left to work on.
Who's not a project? Players like Duke's Jabari Parker, Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, Kentucky's Julius Randle and even Australia's Dante Exum—prospects who are likely to make an immediate impact as NBA rookies.
While these projects might be able to produce as rookies, we're really expecting them to explode in that second or third year. The following projects are ranked based on the height of their ceilings meshed with the distance they are from reaching them.