2011 NBA Mock Draft: Could Marcus Morris Go in the Top 5 of the Lottery?

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Could Marcus Morris Go in the Top 5 of the Lottery?
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There seems to be a lot of college freshmen, sophomores and juniors declaring new found love for the NBA this spring, intent on giving up their remaining college eligibility in order to enter the June draft.

With the very real possibility of an NBA lockout this summer, you would think most underclassmen would choose to stay in college for another year. 

Perhaps they know something the rest of us don’t.

One of the many players from the college ranks not a senior who may jump to the next level is Marcus Morris, the smooth shooting 6’9” junior forward for the Kansas Jayhawks.  He has all the necessary tools and is almost guaranteed to be a first round pick in the June draft. 

Will he stay at Kansas, where his twin brother Markieff also stars as a 6’10” power forward?  The two are thought to be inseparable and, so, if one goes the other may follow.  Marcus is clearly the stronger player, strong enough to be considered a lottery pick and maybe even top five.

The best thing about a Mock Draft is that everyone who takes a stab at predicting who, what and where is really grasping at straws, forks, napkins and placemats.  

But, it is fun and some of us may even get a few picks right when all is said and done. 

If the draft were held today, here are the chosen 30 first round picks according to no less an authority than me.  Please don’t hold my feet to the fire – wow, I can feel the heat already.

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