In many 2011 NBA mock drafts, Terrence Jones of Kentucky has seen his stock rise since the start of the 2011 NCAA tournament. But even with the sensational play of one of the Wildcat freshmen, should Jones be a top-five pick?
Ultimately, that all depends on who else declares for the draft. While many talented underclassmen are expected to make themselves eligible, nothing is guaranteed. In fact, while many still feel as if Jared Sullinger of Ohio State will be the top overall pick, he has publicly stated that he will return to the Buckeyes for another season.
Jones is in great company as far as other potential "one-and-done" players who are expected to leave school after their freshman seasons.
Harrison Barnes of North Carolina, Kyrie Irving of Duke and Jones' teammate at Kentucky, Brandon Knight, could all declare and become top-10 picks if they enter the 2011 NBA draft.
Jones is likely to go within the top 10, but I feel that top five could be a stretch, unless others follow Sullinger's lead and do in fact return for another season, which is what many of the players should consider.
Stay tuned for an update on what every team could do in the 2011 NBA draft.