NBA Draft Preview: Ranking the 10 Best Big Men Who Might Go Pro

Joey HnathCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2011

NBA Draft Preview: Ranking the 10 Best Big Men Who Might Go Pro

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    College basketball season is in full force, and it is shaping up to be a great season.

    As it is only one month away from March Madness, it's time to take a look at some of the players who could be going pro.

    Many lottery picks in the 2011 NBA Draft will be spent on big men.  Last year, it was Derrick Favors and DeMarcus Cousins going high in the draft.

    Here are the top ten big men for the 2011 NBA Draft.

No. 10: Tristan Thompson

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    Thompson has been a key contributor to the No. 3 ranked Longhorns, averaging 12.8 ppg and 7.5 rebounds a game.

    One of the area's he must improve though is his free throw shooting, as he is shooting a Shaq-like 49 percent.

    Despite the troubles from the foul line, the freshman should be picked just outside the lottery.

No. 9: John Henson

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    The sophomore is almost averaging a double-double for the Heels this season, leading the team in rebounds with 8.4/game.

    But like Thompson, Henson is abysmal from the line, shooting 39 percent.

    With more improvement this season, Henson could sneak into the lottery.

No. 8: Jan Vesely

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    Though the guy in the picture is not Vesely, I'm sure he appreciates the talent of his countryman.

    The 19-year-old, standing 6'11", has already won numerous awards with his club team in Serbia.

    If he indeed declares for the draft, Vesely is predicted to be a late lottery pick.

No. 7: Trey Thompkins

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    Thompkins has been the key to the recent success of the Georgia Bulldog basketball team.

    Ranked No. 30 coming out of high school, he has taken his game to the next level and is a contender for SEC Player of the Year.

    Thompkins has great size, and should be taken around pick No. 12.

No. 6: Donatas Motiejunas

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    The 7-foot Lithuanian has been drawing comparisons to Andrea Bargnani.

    Though he has a lot of upside, he is still very raw and not the best rebounder.

    Still, with his potential, Montiejunas should go around pick No. 10 in the draft.

No. 5: Enes Kanter

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    Though Kanter is ineligible to play basketball at Kentucky, much to the dismay of Ashley Judd, his draft stock hasn't taken a big hit.

    At 6'11", and with experience playing overseas in Turkey, Kanter will be one of the first ten players taken in the 2011 NBA Draft.

No. 4: Derrick Williams

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    Williams has been the leader of the Arizona basketball team, leading the team in points and rebounds.

    He has improved greatly in his sophomore season, scoring more points and shooting 63 percent from the field.

    Williams could slide into the top five of the draft.

No. 3: Jonas Valanciunas

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    The better of the two Lithuanians, the 6'11" center has all the potential in the world.

    He is still very raw, and he is only playing 15 minutes a game for his European team.

    Valanciunas will be a top five pick in the draft.

No. 2: Perry Jones

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    Jones, the No. 9 ranked recruit last year, is having a solid freshman year at Baylor, averaging 14 points and seven rebounds a game. 

    His draft stock, like many players, is based on potential, and Jones has a very high ceiling.

    He is almost a lock to be one of the first three players taken.

No. 1: Jared Sullinger

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    One of the leading candidates for Player of the Year, Sullinger has led the Buckeyes to a perfect 23-0 record in 2011.

    Averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds per game, he has been one of the most dominant players this season.

    Though, some have Perry Jones being picked ahead of Sullinger in the draft, he is not a better pro prospect.

    Sullinger should go either one or two in the draft, and will be an All-Star in the NBA for years to come.