We see the same cycle repeat itself every year.
The College basketball season ends, the mock drafts begin.
Analysts, experts, and fans all share their opinions on who the best players are, but often too many times we miss the hidden gems of the second round.
Everyone focuses on the lottery draft. This gives off the illusion that all the good players will be gone after the lottery.
Not so true, as we've seen the past few years.
The Second Round Playoff team, The Utah Jazz, have had numorous success drafting hidden gems in the second round of the past few NBA Draft.
Carlos Boozer, Andrei Kirilinko, Mehmet Okur, Wesley Mathews (undrafted), C.J Miles, and Ronnie Price were all second round picks!
Six of Utah's best seven players were second round draft picks or worse. Outstanding.
For this reason, I present to you the 5 players hiding in this years second round NBA Draft projections, who could not only contribute immediately, but for many years to come.
This guy is a beast. Talk about a big man getting up..
Collins uses his post-game, athleticism, and dunking power to overtake defenders in the paint and finish off his move with a roaring two handed slam.
His athleticism is off the charts for a big man and he already has an NBA body. He will be a good player for teams to use when they want to go with a smaller and faster lineup without having to sacrifice to much size.
Collins' rare set of good post-moves and excellent floor running make him a threat for the rim the moment he walks onto the court.
Whichever teams lands him will be very happy in the near future.
"Starting at shooting guard, Eric Bledsoe"-PA announcer.
Hmmm. Bledsoe was never really consider Kentucky's shooting guard and rightfully so.
He is way to small to be a shooting guard in the NBA and his quickness is second to none.
No question Bledsoe would have been the starting point guard for many other programs and their leading scorer, however he chose to take on a smaller role supporting John Wall.
We could see Bledsoe's ability to work well with other stars and in many games he showed up as the best player on the court.
Bledsoe will be a relevant NBA player for many years. Whovever gets him in the second round, is getting a real steal.
The mysterious and unknown Art Parakhouski.
Since he played at the small school Radford, his name wasn't out there enough for anyone to know who he is.
Let me tell you, this guy is very talented.
He comes in a rare built for college players; 7' , 270 lbs.
Parakhouski quietly became one of the nation's leading rebounders per game (13.4 rpg), and added 22 points per game on top of that.
His skill-set down-low isn't lacking much. He has a strong hook shot and works well with his back to the basket.
I can see him having much success in the NBA, he might take a year or two but ultimately will be contributing often.
The picture tells it all.
Competitor, Prideful, Emotional
All these attributes mixed together describe Lazar Hayward as a player.
If he's not hitting the game winning shots, he's hustling on the floor for a lose ball.
If he's not grabbing rebound after rebound at only six foot five, then he's speaking to his teammates about what they're doing wrong.
Lazar Hayward is a competitor and he can do it all.
I see his work ethic and demeanor prevailing. He will be one of the second round picks you ask yourself, "Why couldn't I just believe how good he was when i watched him in college?"
Mr. March out of the Pac-10.
Pondexter was the leader for the Sweet-16 Huskies team this past season.
He averaged nearly 20 points and 8 rebounds per game.
The great part about him is that he's tall and strong enough to play in the post a little, but he also has the necessary ball handling and athleticism to play at the wing and drive to the hoop.
In my mind he's one of the best all around players in this years draft.
In the NBA he will mesh well on teams like Phoenix, New York, Portland, and OKC.
Only time will tell, but this gem won't be hiding for long.