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