NBA Draft 2011: Grading the Top Underclassmen Likely To Go Pro

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NBA Draft 2011: Grading the Top Underclassmen Likely To Go Pro
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NBA Draft 2011 is inching ever closer and there promises to be an intriguing set of underclassmen this year.

North Carolina freshman sensation Harrison Barnes had an eye-opening performance in the NCAA Tournament and his development throughout the season showed just how much potential he could really have.

There's also Duke guard Kyrie Irving, who could very well go No. 1 in the draft if he declares, despite being injured for most of this season. His ceiling is just that high.

UConn's Kemba Walker has certainly shown he's not afraid of the big stage, if his performances in the Big East Tournament and March Madness tell us anything. He's led the Huskies to the Final Four.

Don't forget Kansas' Marcus Morris, who projects to be taken ahead of his twin brother, Markieff, in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Then there's Kentucky's duo of Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones, with their play getting the Wildcats to the Final Four. Knight has already hit two game-winners in the tournament.

The darkhorse is the raw but explosive Perry Jones of Baylor, whose season ended on a low note with an NCAA suspension that extends to next season, if he chooses to stay with the Bears.

And, of course, we can't forget about Kawhi Leonard of San Diego State, who lifted the Aztecs to the Sweet Sixteen before getting toppled by Walker's Huskies.

For a look at how each player grades out in the 2011 NBA Draft, follow along after the (page) break.

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