NBA Draft 2011: 10 Players Whose Stock Has Changed the Most

Trevor Lowry@@TheTrevorLowryContributor IApril 12, 2011

NBA Draft 2011: 10 Players Whose Stock Has Changed the Most

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars warms up prior to their game against the Florida Gators in the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New Orle
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    For better or worse, a lot of players entering the NBA Draft have seen their stock change.

    Although some of these players had really good years, the NCAA Tournament is a big factor when it comes to players' stock for the NBA draft. 

    With that said, here's a look at the 10 players who have seen their stock change the most. 

PF Marcus Morris, Kansas

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Marcus Morris #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks shoots against the Richmond Spiders during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie
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    Marcus Morris had a great year for the Kansas Jayhawks. However, once again Kansas took an earlier exit than expected, in the Elite Eight. 

    At first, Marcus' draft stock was on the decline, but with a lot of big men returning to school Morris has benefited a lot. 

    Now Morris' draft stock is going up and he will most likely be taken in the middle of the first round or sooner. 

PG Brandon Knight, Kentucky

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats moves the ball while taking on the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in
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    Going into the NCAA Tournament, people did not think Brandon Knight was living up to his potential.

    However, he did very well in the tournament, hitting two game-winning shots. He also had his best game of the season against West Virginia with a career-high 30 points. 

    With a pretty good season and a decent NCAA Tournament, Knight is now considered one of the best point guards in the draft. 

    His stock is up and it seems like he will be drafted in the top 10.

PF/SF Jamie Skeen, Virginia Commonwealth

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Jamie Skeen #21 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams reacts after hitting a three pointer and drawing a foul against the Butler Bulldogs during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at
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    Jamie Skeen was most likely not even going to be chosen in this year's NBA Draft. He had less-than-stellar numbers for VCU, playing in a very weak conference. 

    Not to mention Skeen was a transfer student from Wake Forest, so he was already on the decline in terms of playing for a big-name school. 

    However, Skeen and the VCU Rams showed the nation how good they were in the NCAA Tournament.

    Skeen played very well in his final two games. He had 26 points and 10 rebounds against Kansas, and 27 points and seven rebounds against Butler. 

    With a great performance in the NCAA Tournament, Skeen has raised his draft stock from undrafted to a chance of being taken in the first round. 

PG Kemba Walker, Connecticut

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies handles the ball against the Butler Bulldogs during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston,
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    What more is there to say about Kemba Walker?

    His Connecticut Huskies were unranked to start the season. They managed to win the Big East and NCAA tournaments.

    Walker carried the Huskies on his back all season long. No one played better than he did come tournament time, and as a result his draft stock is way up.

    Walker will most likely be picked in the top 10 in the draft. 

SF Terrence Jones, Kentucky

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts after a play against the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Hou
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    Terrence Jones was supposed to be the next John Wall for the Kentucky Wildcats. During the regular season, Jones averaged 15.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

    Those are good numbers, but Jones did not do as well during the NCAA Tournament, where he averaged 10.4 PPG. 

    Not to mention Brandon Knight took over for the team and completely outshined Jones.

    Jones' draft stock is on the decline, but he will still most likely be a lottery pick. 

SG/PG Alec Burks, Colorado

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 11:  Alec Burks #10 of the Colorado Buffaloes reacts to a play during their semifinal game against the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 11, 2011 in Kansas City, Mi
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    Alec Burks had a very good season for Colorado, averaging 20.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. 

    Unfortunately for Burks, Colorado did not make the NCAA Tournament, and other guards seem to be passing him in draft hype.

    Not to mention Burks' shooting is in question. This is a very big issue, since Burks will most likely be a two-guard at the next level. 

    Burks' draft stock is on the decline; he may go from a lottery pick to the late first round. 

PG Jimmer Fredette, Brigham Young

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars walks off of the court rejected after their 74 to 83 loss to the Florida Gators in the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on Ma
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    Jimmer Fredette was one of the best players in college basketball all season long, not to mention the best scorer. 

    He led the nation with 28.9 PPG and was awarded the Naismith Trophy after his amazing season. 

    However, people still question whether or not Fredette can make the transition to the NBA. As a result, he's on the decline in most people's NBA mock drafts.

SG Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Jeremy Lamb #3 of the Connecticut Huskies reacts after a play against the Butler Bulldogs during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston
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    Jeremy Lamb helped his draft stock tremendously in the NCAA Tournament.

    Averaging only 11.1 PPG on the season, Lamb averaged 16 in the tournament and proved to be a great defensive player.

    To start the season, scouts said that Lamb had a long way to go before he could become an NBA prospect.

    With an amazing NCAA Tournament showing, Lamb has raised his stock from not even being in the draft to possibly being taken in the first round or early in the second.

PG Shelvin Mack, Butler

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Shelvin Mack #1 of the Butler Bulldogs with the ball while taking on Connecticut Huskies during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston,
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    Coming into the year, scouts had high expectations for Mack. However, he struggled with his shooting for most of the season. 

    In the NCAA Tournament, Mack seemed to find his shot and played very good basketball, leading Butler to the NCAA championship game.

    Unfortunately, Mack, along with the rest of the Butler team, really struggled in it.

    Coming into the year as one of the best point guards, Mack has dropped down that list and his draft stock has taken a major hit as well. 

    Mack seems to be a late first-round to early second-round pick at this point. 

SF/PF Derrick Williams, Arizona

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 26:  Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts after a dunk against of the Connecticut Huskies during the west regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 26, 2011 in Anaheim, Cali
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    Derrick Williams was most likely going to be drafted very late in the first round going into the season. However, Williams has been one of the best players all year, averaging 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

    Williams also led Arizona to the Elite Eight, which helped his draft stock a great deal. Now, Williams is projected to go either No. 1 or No. 2 in the NBA draft. 

    His draft stock is way up, and deservedly so.