But questions are plentiful when it comes to this draft.
Many people can't even agree on who the first pick should be, much less try to decide who a specific team will select in the latter portions of the second round.
Then there's "the Jimmer question": Can Jimmer Fredette be successful at the next level, or will he become the next big draft bust?
To find out how the draft will play out, read on for a full two-round mock draft.
Before a toe injury derailed his freshman season, Kyrie Irving showed a complete skill set during his brief tenure as the Duke Blue Devils' starting point guard. Then the toe troubles started and he was forced to miss the bulk of the regular season and all of the ACC tournament.
Irving was able to return for March Madness and led his team in scoring during Duke's first game, thus eliminating any concern over his injury and readiness. The point guard continued his strong play throughout the postseason and has ascended to the top of many draft boards.
No player has the potential to be a bigger star.
The sophomore forward from Arizona was the nation's most efficient scorer, shooting well over 60 percent from the field over the course of the season. He was even in contention for the all-time three-point field-goal percentage record, but fell a bit short in the end.
Derrick Williams then took the nation by storm in the first few rounds of the NCAA tournament, as he seemed to be in on each and every big play at the end of games. He couldn't carry the Wildcats to a title, but he did go from relatively unheralded college prospect to highly coveted NBA prospect in just two seasons.
Enes Kanter was declared permanently ineligible before ever putting on the blue-and-white jersey of the University of Kentucky, but that can't take away from his potential greatness.
Despite his fragility, Kanter is the best big man in the draft, since Jared Sullinger is choosing to remain at Ohio State for his sophomore season.
The Turkish center is 6'11", strong for his size and possesses marvelous skills that he can use all over the court.
Formerly calling the Czech Republic home, Jan Vesely is now ready to take his talents across the Atlantic Ocean to the NBA.
Vesely is a 6'11" small forward, so obviously, size is one of the many things he brings to the table.
He's also not one of those lanky, uncoordinated big men. Instead, Vesely has an incredible amount of athleticism.
Perhaps no player in the nation improved his draft stock more at the end of the season than Brandon Knight. The talented freshman point guard for the Kentucky Wildcats may not be as good as John Wall, but his late-game magic in the NCAA tournament impressed everyone.
I wasn't terribly impressed with Knight at the beginning of the season, but his court vision and confidence improved remarkably as the year progressed.
He's the real deal, and any team in need of a guard will be lucky to get him.
The 18-year-old center still has a bit of work to do before he's entirely ready to play in the NBA, but the Jazz would love to add Jonas Valanciunas' skills to their system and look on with pride as he progresses.
Valanciunas is already 6'11" and doesn't appear to be done growing. Despite his size, he still looks very fluid out on the court and has a ton of untapped potential.
No international pick is ever safe, but this young man should make it in the NBA sooner rather than later.
We don't really have to include "Walker" when referring to this guy anymore; Kemba has become so famous that the first name is all he needs.
Walker was the most dominant player in college basketball over the last month, as he carried the Connecticut Huskies to an unprecedented five straight wins in the Big East conference tournament and then took his team all the way to the title.
He was nothing short of brilliant throughout the entirety of March Madness and shot up everyone's list of prospects.
The seven-footer from Lithuania has a ton of potential, and he is fully aware of that fact. As soon as he lets his mental game catch up with his physical skills, Donatas Motiejunas has the ability to dominate no matter where he plays.
This young man could definitely become the next Andrea Bargnani or Dirk Nowitzki. The Cavaliers—assuming they pick him, of course—would hope that he becomes the latter.
Cavs fans probably wouldn't be thrilled with this pick because there are far more sexy names left on the board, but it would be a smart selection.
The more talented of the two twins on the Kansas Jayhawks squad, Marcus Morris is a 6'9" forward who can seemingly beat up on anyone in the low post, as he proved time and time again throughout both the regular season and the postseason.
All in all, Morris scored 17.2 points and grabbed 7.6 rebounds per game this past season and carried his team to quite a few wins.
There is no doubt in my mind that the forward will be successful in the NBA.
The country missed out when Colorado was snubbed by the selection committee, because no one really had a chance to see Alec Burks do what he does best. (But I guess VCU kind of made up for that, when you really think about it.)
The sophomore guard for the Buffaloes scored 20.5 points and pulled down 6.5 rebounds per game and stands 6'6". He's got a lot going for him and teams are starting to recognize that.
The "lesser" of the two Morris twins, Markieff is still an incredibly talented player who should be quite successful at the professional level. It's too bad for him that he has to be titled the "lesser" of the two twins, because he's still one of the better prospects in the draft.
Markieff also averaged a near double-double during the year, putting up 13.6 points and grabbing 8.3 rebounds per game. Similar stats will follow him to the NBA.
Also, if he is selected before the lottery picks run out, he and his brother will become the sixth set of twins to play in the NBA and the first pair to both be selected in the lottery portion of the same NBA draft.
Jimmer Fredette has the scoring prowess to be the next superstar in the NBA, but questions abound about the rest of his game.
Does he play defense? Is he quick enough to create his own shot at the next level? The list goes on and on.
I tend to think that he'll fall somewhere in between superstar and bust, and settle in nicely as an efficient role player.
And wouldn't going to his in-state Jazz be ideal for the nation's leading scorer?
There is no stopping Terrence Jones when he drives to the left. People realize that, but they still can't stop him. As soon as he learns some other moves, he'll be scary good.
As a freshman for the Kentucky Wildcats this year, Jones averaged 15.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.
His performance in March Madness knocked him down the draft boards a bit, but he's still a good candidate for a lottery selection.
The sophomore guard and forward for the Texas Longhorns was the team's best player over the course of the 2010-2011 season.
Jordan Hamilton ended up averaging a stellar 18.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. It still remains to be seen whether or not he'll even enter into the draft, but if he does, he's too talented to slip any further than this.
The 6'7" young man played consistently well throughout the year and didn't let his production slip in either the Big 12 tournament or the NCAA tournament.
The best player on the Georgia Bulldogs roster during the 2010-2011 college basketball season, Trey Thompkins can do it all.
He can shoot threes, pull down rebounds, pull off incredible post moves and pass the ball effectively. My only two knocks on Thompkins are that he seems unmotivated and disinterested at times and he isn't the most athletic player in the world.
But the positives will prove to be too tantalizing in the end and the negatives will be brushed aside. Thompkins has all the tools necessary to be successful in the NBA.
The do-everything forward for the upstart San Diego State Aztecs managed to lead his team in both points and rebounds this season, with 15.5 and 10.6, respectively.
Kawhi Leonard might play passively at times, but when he gets his head in the game, he's a force to be reckoned with.
Leonard had some trouble getting it going during March Madness, but he still displayed some incredible flashes of potential throughout the tournament, or at least during the part of the tournament that took place before he and the Aztecs were eliminated.
In addition to his sweet name, Tyler Honeycutt has copious talent.
The UCLA forward was proficient at putting the basketball in the hoop, scoring 12.8 points per game, and pulling it down off the glass after a missed shot, with 7.2 rebounds per game, during his sophomore season.
Although UCLA wasn't quite as good as it has been historically, Honeycutt still remains one of the better prospects that the Bruins have produced in recent years.
A recent addition to the draft pool, Klay Thompson is making the right decision by leaving behind Washington State for far-greener pastures.
Thompson, who stands at 6'6" but still plays at the guard position, was the leading scorer for his team and should be able to score regularly at the next level, so long as he stays out of trouble. In early March, Thompson was cited for marijuana possession, so questions remain about his character.
But Thompson is skilled. He averaged 21.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game during his junior season.
Tobias Harris managed to average 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game from the power forward spot during his freshman season for the Tennessee Volunteers.
He's not afraid to step up in the big moments and his game is sound across the board. It also only got better as the season went on, even when the bright lights of the NCAA tournament were turned on and shined down upon him.
In my opinion, Chris Singleton was the best defensive player in college basketball this year.
In a league where defense isn't usually the first thing people think of, Singleton will still be able to succeed because he could do many other things for the Florida State Seminoles.
Singleton still managed to average 13.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game despite his reputation as a defensive stopper.
During Jordan Williams' sophomore season, the 6'10" forward for the Maryland Terrapins averaged 16.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game.
If you look through the box scores for his games, it's pretty rare that you find one wherein Williams didn't have a double-double. He's big and skilled.
That combination usually leads to success.
Kenneth Faried is a double-double machine.
Oh, and he's kind of decent at rebounding. He recently passed Tim Duncan to become the all-time leader in college basketball history in that statistical category.
His ability will carry over to the pros, just like it did when Faried had to transition from playing Ohio Valley Conference opponents to taking on Louisville and Richmond in the NCAA tournament.
In my opinion, Nolan Smith became the single best player in college basketball as soon as Kyrie Irving was hurt and the senior had to play on the ball. Then, Kemba Walker turned on the jets and carried his team to a championship, so Smith will have to settle for being the best player during the regular season.
His ridiculous crossover simply couldn't be stopped, and he reminded me a lot of a slightly smaller Kobe Bryant who could pass better.
Yes, that's a pretty ringing endorsement, and I will stand by it. I fully expect Smith to make multiple All-Star teams during his NBA career.
During Butler's magical run back to the NCAA championship game, Shelvin Mack was absolutely unstoppable. Truthfully, he was better at scoring than any player not named Kemba Walker during the season-ending tournament.
His 30-point game against Pittsburgh was simply magical, and he couldn't be contained at all by any of the Pittsburgh defenders. Mack is one of the elite guards in this draft.
A new name to many, Bismack Biyombo has taken the NBA community by storm, and I've seen him being selected in the top 10 in some mock drafts.
But I believe that the Congolese player is more likely to be selected towards the end of the first round. Biyombo stands 6'9" and has a ridiculous 7'7" wingspan, meaning that he can reach 9'3" into the air without even jumping.
Add in the ridiculous athleticism and basketball skill, and you'll see why he has the ability to post lines like he did at the Nike Hoops Summit, where he had the first triple-double in the game's history with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks.
The impressive freshman for the Kansas Jayhawks opened his season with a bang by scoring 21 points in his first game, against USC, delivering in the clutch by hitting the game-winning shot.
Clearly, the spotlight doesn't faze Josh Selby.
The shooting guard couldn't keep that pace up, though, and slipped a bit, averaging just 7.9 points per game this past season while showing a lack of maturity at many points during the year.
Character issues have led to a whole bunch of red flags, but the talent should keep them from deterring every NBA team.
The tall, lanky forward stands 6'10", but can still play outside just as well as he can play inside.
JaJuan Johnson was named an All-American this year, and deservedly so, as he put up 20.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
He's an absolute matchup nightmare for any player. Oftentimes, that is true in college but not in the pros, but this will be an exception to that rule.
Jeremy Tyler was bored with high-school basketball and chose to forgo his collegiate career and play abroad in Europe.
Now, the 6'11" forward and center will attempt to return to the United States and have as big an impact as another man who made the same decision: Brandon Jennings.
I don't think there are any 55-point games in Tyler's near future, but he's still very talented, and the Bulls could take a chance on him.
Too talented to drop out of the first round, Kyle Singler possess a very unusual skill set because there is literally nothing that he can't do on the basketball court.
Touted as one of the best collegiate players in the nation going into the season, Singler had the spotlight stolen away from him by Nolan Smith and Kyrie Irving, but he still averaged 16.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest.
I'm really not sure where Singler is going to fit in on an NBA squad, but he'll make it happen in some way. Greg Popovich will love having him come off the bench next season for an aging Spurs team if he's selected here.
I've had the pleasure of watching every single game that Travis Leslie has played in during his college career, and I'm very sad that he's going to be leaving the Georgia Bulldogs.
The number of times that No. 1 has made me jump and shout or simply drop my jaw cannot be counted. It seems as though he displays his ridiculous athleticism game after game after game.
Leslie could probably use another year in Athens to improve his jump shot and basketball skills, but his athleticism is undoubtedly good enough for the NBA.
Probably the best player in the country that no one has heard of, Norris Cole is a ridiculous scorer. He just knows how to make the ball find the bottom of the net.
Cole, a guard for Cleveland State, averaged 21.7 points, 5.3 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game during his senior season.
He'll be a steal for whoever gets him and he fits in perfectly with the Miami Heat.
Jeff Taylor may have taken a back seat to John Jenkins on offense last season for the Vanderbilt Commodores, but now it's his time to shine.
The junior forward from Sweden stands 6'7" and weighs 225 pounds, but he can still handle and pass the ball like a guard.
During a pretty good Vanderbilt campaign, Taylor averaged 14.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
The world was introduced to Justin Harper when the Richmond Spiders inspired a bit of arachnophobia in their first few opponents in the NCAA tournament.
There really isn't much that this versatile forward can't do on the court. He averaged 17.9 points and 6.9 rebounds and made a ton of people fear spiders at least a little bit more.
It's just too bad that he won't let me make the arachnophobia joke anymore once he's in the NBA. Perhaps I'll just have to settle for Pistons-phobia.
Another great player on a not-so-great team, Marshon Brooks simply knows how to score. He also plays shooting guard and would be a viable backup until he fully develops and adjusts to the NBA level.
Brooks was the nation's second-leading scorer, behind only Jimmer Fredette. To go along with his 24.6 points per game, Brooks also averaged 2.5 assists, 7.0 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.5 steals.
There are really no weaknesses in his game. Just like Kenneth Faried, if he played for a school like Duke, he'd be one of the top overall picks in the draft.
Additionally, Brooks (along with photographer Chris Chambers) provided one of the absolute coolest photos of the most recent college basketball season.
Another big man who can shoot from outside, Jon Leuer averaged 18.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game during his senior season.
Whenever Wisconsin needed someone to step up and make a big shot, it seemed as though it was always Leuer or Jordan Taylor who did so.
At 6'10", Leuer will be deadly in the NBA, too.
The Kings already have a logjam in the frontcourt, but Leuer is simply to good to let slip away at this point in the draft.
The definition of a matchup nightmare, Chandler Parsons was the SEC Player of the Year, and for good reason.
He's a threat on the offensive glass, he can handle the ball like a guard, he can drain three-pointers, he is a great leader, he looks like he never combs his hair, and he stands 6'10".
Parsons' size might help ease the transition to the NBA, but something tells me he's going to be in for a bit of a rude awakening.
Hailing from Montenegro and currently playing for Real Madrid (the basketball team, not the soccer team), Nikola Mirotic has a great skill set for a 6'10" forward and can shoot a jump shot as well as just about anyone in this draft.
No, I'm not exaggerating at all. He may have the best jump shot of anyone available not named Jimmer Fredette.
You'll get used to seeing him spot up from anywhere on the court pretty soon.
As a junior forward for the USC Trojans, Nikola Vucevic was an absolute beast in the paint.
He simply couldn't be stopped at times and managed to average an astounding 17.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game during this past season.
Vucevic isn't the biggest name left in the talent pool, but he's as talented as anyone that remains.
Another player that deserved significantly more credit than he got during the 2010-2011 season was Oakland's Keith Benson.
The senior center averaged a double-double with 17.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game and was named to the second-team All-American squad despite playing for the unheralded Golden Grizzlies.
He's gone up against quality big men like the pictured Gary McGhee and proved he can hold his own, but the NBA is yet another step up when it comes to the level of competition.
I think he'll take that step with ease.
The second UCLA Bruin to appear in this mock draft, Malcolm Lee averaged 13.1 points per game from the guard spot for this underachieving squad.
At 6'5", he's pretty big for a guard, and that will help to ease the transition to the NBA.
He improved his draft stock quite a bit when he averaged 15 points and 5.5 rebounds per game during his two March Madness contests against Michigan State and Florida.
A 6'9" forward from Latvia, Davis Bertans may not look like an NBA player, but just wait until you see what he can do with a basketball before you judge him.
Bertans needs to add both strength and quickness, plus his defensive game needs some work, but he has a pure shot from the outside and good ball-handling ability for a forward.
The forward is also pretty athletic and capable of throwing down a few highlight-reel dunks. He's a project-player, but the Lakers of all teams can afford to make such an investment.
David Lighty definitely wishes he was still playing college basketball, but at least he'll be able to move on to the next level now that his senior season is over.
Lighty, a swingman for the Ohio State Buckeyes, may not put up great stats, but he's a classic glue guy who will be invaluable on an NBA roster.
Over the course of his senior season, Lighty averaged 12.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
Another center, Greg Smith played for Fresno State and just finished up his sophomore season.
During that campaign, he averaged 11.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He may not have the greatest stats in the nation, but the potential is undoubtedly there.
Now if only we can get him to change his name to something a little more flashy.
Chicago has had success in the past drafting big men from Florida. Just look at Joakim Noah for example.
Now Vernon Macklin could help continue that tradition. The 6'10" center doesn't put up stellar numbers, but he's still a force in the paint.
Macklin averaged 11.6 points and 5.4 rebounds during his senior season for the Gators.
The senior who calls London home was nothing short of brilliant at many points during his final season with the Washington Huskies.
Over the course of the 2010-2011 campaign, Matthew Bryan-Amaning averaged a very respectable 15.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. He even had 14 points and eight rebounds against North Carolina in the final game of his tournament experience.
The only person who will be disappointed by this selection is whoever has to stitch the name Bryan-Amaning onto the back of a New Orleans jersey.
If it wasn't for VCU's magical run to the Final Four, there is no way that Jamie Skeen would be taken in the 2011 NBA draft.
But now that the nation has been exposed to the versatile senior forward, there is no way that he can be overlooked. Skeen averaged 15.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest this season and was even better during the Big Dance.
During the tournament, Skeen scored 17.5 points while grabbing 6.7 boards per game.
Surprisingly, Illinois freshman Jereme Richmond decided to forgo the rest of his career in Champaign, Illinois and move on to the NBA.
I really don't understand what he was thinking, because his 7.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game didn't really impress anyone. The small forward never even scored more than 18 points in a game.
Richmond still has a lot of potential, and that will make someone take a chance on him for sure.
A very talented sophomore guard for the Michigan Wolverines, Darius Morris almost managed to engineer an upset of No. 1 Duke in the NCAA tournament, but he couldn't do enough, and he and his teammates fell by two points when the final buzzer sounded.
Morris is still an incredible talent and averaged 15.0 points, 6.7 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game during his 2010-2011 campaign.
The guard still has yet to declare for the draft, but I think that it's more likely that he goes to the NBA than not.
This would be the right fit, but it's hard to imagine Atlanta ever drafting a guard when there are still forwards available.
Besides possessing the coolest first name in the field, E'twaun Moore also has a fantastic ability to score and manage a basketball game.
In the final season of his four-year career as a Purdue Boilermaker, Moore averaged 18.0 points, 3.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game.
Sometimes, he just blew away everyone on the court. For example, he put up 38 points in an upset win against Ohio State in which every single shot seemed to fall.
It's a shame we never got to see him, JaJuan Johnson and Robbie Hummel all play together last season.
The senior guard for Illinois is going to have to move on to the professional level next season after a very productive collegiate career.
During his final year for the Fighting Illini, McCamey averaged 14.6 points, 6.1 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game.
It's a shame that he'll be picked after teammate Jereme Richmond, but sometimes that's just how it works.
Pittsburgh star Brad Wanamaker is the next player up in the draft.
I wanted to make him go higher in the draft, but I couldn't justify it in my head. After all, he's good at everything but lacks an elite skill.
That was fairly apparent in his 2010-2011 line of 11.7 points, 5.1 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game.
There's nothing that Wanamaker struggles with; it's just that there isn't anything he truly excels at either. He's another glue guy.
Twenty-nine new teams are going to have to learn to fear the beard after Jacob Pullen is drafted.
Kansas State's unquestioned star and leader averaged 20.2 points, 3.7 assists and 2.9 rebounds during his senior season. No game showed his talents more than his final one.
In a five-point loss to Wisconsin in the third round of the NCAA tournament, Pullen scored a ridiculous 38 points and single-handedly kept the Wildcats in the contest.
The transition from Frank Martin to George Karl could be quite interesting for Pullen.
Until a broken hand derailed both his season and the season of the Georgetown Hoyas, Chris Wright was proving to be one of the best guards in the country.
The senior guard may not be a great scorer—he only averaged 12.9 points this season, 2.3 less than last year—but he can do just about everything else. Wright dished out 5.3 assists per game, for example, and also played tough, Big East-style defense on every possession.
He'll be an asset in the NBA, especially when he gets to make passes like the one in the picture.
A Charleston Cougar for all four years of his career, Andrew Goudelock is a player that almost no one has heard of, even though he put up absolutely mind-boggling stats.
Goudelock averaged 23.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game during his senior season, just one year after posting 19.4 points per contest.
The young man can simply put the basketball in the basket. He is also especially adept at shooting three-pointers, and that long-distance shot may be his ticket to success in the NBA.
The most athletic forward left in the draft has to be St. John's' pride and joy: Justin Brownlee.
Brownlee stands 6'7", but he can jump high enough to compete with anyone in the country for any rebound.
He only played college basketball for two seasons, but as a senior, he managed to post 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.
An unheralded player for Jim Larranaga's George Mason squad, Cam Long boosted his draft stock over and over throughout the 2010-2011 season.
Long was a senior last year and improved his numbers once more, just like he did in each of his three previous seasons.
This time, the guard averaged 15.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
Will the magical powers of the flattop carry over to the next level? Only time will tell!
Playing for the Tennessee Volunteers, Scotty Hopson proved that he was a talented scorer by putting up 17 points per game as a junior. When he gets rolling, he can keep up with anyone in the country.
He can put the ball in the hoop in a variety of ways as well. He's fully capable of shooting from the outside, and he can elevate quite well.
Even though his name sounds like it should belong to a politician, Rick Jackson had a very successful senior season as a forward for the Syracuse Orange.
He averaged 13.1 points, 2.2 assists and 10.3 rebounds per game.
Jackson will be tough for even the biggest of NBA players to deal with because of his size and physicality.
During his senior season at guard for the Baylor Bears, LaceDarius Dunn impressed a whole bunch of NBA scouts.
He averaged a ridiculous 19.5 points per game and still found time to put up 2.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds per contest.
A 43-point explosion against Morgan State tells you just how great a scorer Dunn can be.
Dunn will have to be taken before the draft is done.
Although this draft may not have the most elite talent, the fact that Isaiah Thomas is the last pick in this mock draft shows that it is deep enough to be filled with solid players from top to bottom.
The 5'9" junior might not have the size to play in the NBA, but he probably has the speed and talent to make up for his shortcomings (pun intended).
Thomas managed to average 16.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game during his final collegiate season.