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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Post-Lottery Mock, Will Kemba Walker Be in the Top 5?

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2011

2011 NBA Mock Draft: Post-Lottery Mock, Will Kemba Walker Be in the Top 5?

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    "We're coming.  We're coming back!"  That's what Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert had to say after he found out his team landed this year's top overall pick.

    Thanks to Cleveland's representative at tonight's event, it was one of the most memorable NBA lotteries I can remember.  Gilbert's son Nick certainly brought some luck with him.

    So now, the official order of the entire NBA Draft is now set.  The lottery picks will go as follows:

     

    1: Cleveland Cavaliers

    2: Minnesota Timberwolves

    3: Utah Jazz

    4: Cleveland Cavaliers

    5: Toronto Raptors

    6: Washington Wizards

    7: Sacramento Kings

    8: Detroit Pistons

    9: Charlotte Bobcats

    10: Milwaukee Bucks

    11: Golden State Warriors

    12: Utah Jazz

    13: Phoenix Suns

    14: Houston Rockets

     

    Now that we know who will pick when, it should be a little easier to predict how the draft will go. Of course, at this point, it's still guesswork.

    Right now, I see Cleveland taking Kemba Walker with that fourth overall pick.  They need a point guard and a winner, and Walker can fill both those needs.

    Here is my first post-lottery mock...

     

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1: Cleveland Cavaliers: Derrick Williams

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 26:  Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats looks on from the bench against 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, Cal
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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 241 lbs.

    Position: SF/PF

    Age: 19

    Comparison: Michael Beasley/Thaddeus Young


    Derrick Williams officially became a legitimate top overall pick possibility after he thrashed Duke.

    In that game, he scored 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting (including 5-of-6 threes) and grabbed 13 rebounds.

    That was his signature game, but he's been nothing short of spectacular all season long.

    For the year, he averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds a game.  Plus, he shot 60 percent from the field and 57 percent from three-point range.

    He's athletic, smart, has a great attitude and is extremely versatile.

    A lot of people think Cleveland should take Kyrie Irving with the top overall pick.  I think they can address their need at point guard with the fourth pick (must be nice to have two picks in the top four).

    Williams is the most NBA-ready player in this class.  He can be a major contributor as early as next season.

2: Minnesota Timberwolves: Kyrie Irving

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Kyrie Irving #1 of the Duke Blue Devils moves the ball while taking on the Michigan Wolverines during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North
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    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 180 lbs.

    Position: PG

    Age: 19

    Comparison: Chris Paul


    A lot of people are ranking Irving as the top overall prospect right now.  

    While I realize he has the potential to be great, I've got him at No. 2 for one reason—point guards have not been hard to come by lately.

    Over the last few years, several players with starting point guard talent have been drafted, and there are a few more this year.

    A lot of teams are building around point guards right now, and I don't think it would be a bad decision to take him first overall—but I think Cleveland will go with Williams.

    If that's the case, Minnesota will be ecstatic.  They have a great young forward tandem in Kevin Love and Michael Beasley, but they need someone to distribute the ball to them.

    Irving could absolutely be that player.

3: Utah Jazz: Enes Kanter

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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 255 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 18

    Comparison: Luis Scola

     

    We didn't get a chance to see Kanter at all this year because he played professional basketball overseas before he came to Kentucky.

    Even still, it looks like he's almost a lock to be selected in the top five of this year's draft.

    Think of him as a longer, more athletic version of Luis Scola.

    ESPN's Chad Ford recently speculated that Kanter might be good enough to be taken with the top overall pick.  So if he fall to Utah here, they'd be wise to take him.

    The team is obviously set at power forward with Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors, but they need a true center to complement those players.

    Kanter is listed at 6'10", but his 7'1" wingspan makes him a legitimate center.

4: Cleveland Cavaliers: Kemba Walker

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies drives to the basket against the San Diego State Aztecs during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 24, 2011 in Anaheim,
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    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 172 lbs.

    Position: PG/SG

    Age: 20

    Comparison: Brandon Jennings/Ben Gordon

     

    Kemba Walker led his Huskies on one of the most ridiculous runs in the history of college basketball.  He did so with more than just his scoring.

    He's a solid distributor, an underrated rebounder and he works hard on defense.

    On the season, he averaged 23.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists.

    He's not a very efficient scorer (43 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range), but he has a hunger that may be unparalleled in this draft class.

    He's proven to be a great leader, and his success in March and April could very well get him drafted in the top five.

    Cleveland will address their need at point guard with this pick, and they'll either go with Walker or Kentucky's Brandon Knight.

    Knight has a ton of potential and a better NBA body than Walker, but I think Cleveland will go with Kemba because of his pedigree as a proven winner.

    He'll bring a great deal of positivity and maturity to a team that just went through a heart-wrenching season.

5: Toronto Raptors: Brandon Knight

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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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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 185 lbs.

    Position: PG/SG

    Age: 18

    Comparison: Tyreke Evans/Jason Terry

     

    John Calipari has sent four freshmen point guards to the NBA in the last three years. Athletically, Knight is similar to those guys, but he's a better outside shooter than any of them.

    He really showed off that ability against North Carolina in the Elite Eight.

    Knight's stock has been rising steadily over the last couple weeks, and some are starting to think he may end up being the best point guard from this draft.

    The Raptors are said to be building around DeMar DeRozan and Ed Davis.  I see them adding a point guard to that mix with this pick.

    There have already been plenty of rumors about the possibility of Jose Calderon being traded.  If Toronto takes Knight, those rumors would probably become reality.

6: Washington Wizards: Kawhi Leonard

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 11:  Kawhi Leonard #15 of the San Diego State Aztecs waits for a UNLV Rebels player to shoot a free throw during a semifinal game of the Conoco Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center March 11, 2011
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    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 225 lbs.

    Position: SF/PF

    Age: 19

    Comparison: Shawn Marion/Gerald Wallace

     

    Kawhi Leonard is anything but polished on offense, but his athleticism, intensity and defensive prowess could get him drafted in the lottery.

    Plus, he's an elite rebounder for a 6'7" player (he averaged nearly 11 a game this year).

    If he plays with a great distributor like Shawn Marion did for much of his career, he could put up some solid numbers.

    John Wall is just that kind of distributor.  Averaging over eight assists a game as a rookie is extremely impressive.

    Leonard would see plenty of open looks at the rim if he wound up on the Wizards.

7: Sacramento Kings: Jan Vesely

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    Height: 6'11"

    Weight: 240 lbs.

    Position: PF/SF

    Age: 20

    Comparison: Tyrus Thomas/Andrei Kirilenko

     

    Vesely has great size and length for a small forward, but he's still very unpolished at this point. He needs a lot of work on his post offense.

    From the perimeter, he's actually pretty solid for a player his size.  He handles and shoots the ball well. 

    Right now, it's tough to see exactly what position he'll play in the NBA.  If he adds some strength, he could eventually even play center.

    With the makeup of Sacramento's roster, he'd likely play small forward.

8: Detroit Pistons: Bismack Biyombo

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    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 243 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 18

    Comparison: DeJuan Blair/Ben Wallace

     

    Biyombo has burst onto the scene of this draft class in the last couple weeks.

    After a very impressive triple-double at the 2011 Nike Hoops Summit, he's become a very legitimate first-round possibility.

    The Brazilian center scored 12 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked 10 shots against the young American team.

    He's long (7'7" wingspan) and athletic, but like most 18-year-old prospects, he is very raw.

    The Pistons have lost their once imposing identity as one of the league's best defensive teams. Building around Biyombo could get them back to that level in a few years.

9: Charlotte Bobcats: Alec Burks

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    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 195 lbs.

    Position: SG

    Age: 19

    Comparison: Brandon Roy

     

    Alec Burks is my dark horse for 2012 Rookie of the Year (for a lot of the same reasons I thought Brandon Roy would win it).

    He's a very polished, complete scorer.  He has a prototypical NBA shooting guard's build.  He's long and athletic.  In addition to being a great scorer, he does just about everything else well, too.

    The Bobcats could really use some help at just about every position, but adding a dynamic wing could help replace the scoring they lost when they traded Gerald Wallace.

10: Milwaukee Bucks: Marcus Morris

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 27:  Marcus Morris #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks goes to the basket against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the southwest regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March 27, 2011 in San Anto
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    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 235 lbs.

    Position: PF

    Age: 21

    Comparison: Al Harrington/Carlos Boozer

     

    Marcus Morris is considered by most experts to have more upside than his brother Markieff. What's clear is that Marcus has the more polished offensive game.

    He handles and shoots the ball well for a big man.  Plus, he's proven that he can be a solid rebounder.  He had his best rebounding games in the biggest moments.

    Milwaukee has a decent nucleus with Brandon Jennings at point guard and Andrew Bogut at center, but they can probably upgrade at all three positions in between.

    Morris could come in and compete for the starting power forward role right away.  A frontcourt of Morris and Bogut could be very difficult to defend (assuming Jennings gets them the ball).

11: Golden State Warriors: Tristan Thompson

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 20:  Tristan Thompson #13 of the Texas Longhorns walks off the court after their 70-69 loss to the Arizona Wildcats in the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (Pho
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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 225 lbs.

    Position: PF

    Age: 20

    Comparison: Brandon Bass

     

    First he was in the draft, then he was out.  Now, he's back in.  If his status stays the same, he'll almost certainly be a lottery pick.

    Thompson is a bit undersized for an NBA big man, but he has a wingspan (7'2") that makes up for his lack of standing height.

    He plays hard, and that helps him on defense and on the offensive glass.

    He still has to work on his perimeter game a bit, but that will come in time.  If he can develop a reliable mid-range jumper, he could become very effective.

    The Warriors spent a lot of money on David Lee but still haven't figured out their frontcourt. Thompson could easily become a part of that frontcourt rotation.

12: Utah Jazz: Jimmer Fredette

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 11:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young University Cougars drives against Kendall Williams #10 of the New Mexico Lobos during a semifinal game of the Conoco Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Ce
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    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 195 lbs.

    Position: PG/SG

    Age: 22

    Comparison: Stephen Curry/Deron Williams

     

    Fredette put up huge numbers in the tournament, but he missed a lot of shots in BYU's loss to Florida.

    His critics focus on his 11-of-29 shooting and ignore some good things he showed.

    The experts have been telling us all year that Jimmer wouldn't be able to get his own shot off against quicker defenders, but he blew by Florida's Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker whenever he wanted to.

    Then he showed the ability to finish over legitimate big men.  If only someone on BYU's coaching staff could have compelled him to keep attacking, the result of that game may have been different.

    The legitimate question mark on Fredette has to do with defense.  I'm not sure if he can guard anyone at the next level, but that's the same thing all the experts said about Steve Nash when he entered the league.

    Utah desperately needs shooting and playmaking from the perimeter.  They were 20th in the league in three-point percentage and 24th in threes made.

    Jimmer could start his career as a combo guard who provides instant offense off the bench for the Jazz.  I think he may finish his career as a franchise point guard.

    This could very well end up being the steal of the draft.

13: Phoenix Suns: Jordan Hamilton

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 10:  Jordan Hamilton #3 of the Texas Longhorns stands on the court during their quarterfinal game against the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 10, 2011 in Kansas
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    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 220 lbs.

    Position: SG/SF

    Age: 20

    Comparison: Kyle Korver/Martell Webster

     

    Hamilton has been a fantastic offensive player this year, averaging 19 points and eight rebounds a game. He shot 44 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range.

    His numbers are pretty similar to what Kyle Korver put up in college (plus they have similar builds), however, I think he might develop into a better all-around player.

    The Suns are on the precipice of a total rebuilding.  I think they'd love a point guard here, but I have none left that warrant a lottery pick.

    Finding Nash's successor is probably a pretty big priority, but adding talent on the wings may be just as important.

    Vince Carter and Grant Hill are both way beyond their primes, and Phoenix needs someone to fill in when they're gone.

14: Houston Rockets: Jonas Valanciunas

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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 230 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 18

    Comparison: Nenad Krstic

     

    He still needs to add a lot of strength, but his solid fundamentals should help him transition into the NBA.

    He runs, defends and rebounds fairly well.  Plus, he has a very solid basketball IQ for an 18-year-old player.

    He may not be the kind of dominant center Houston would like to replace Yao Ming, but I think they'd be excited to see Valanciunas fall this far.

15: Indiana Pacers: Klay Thompson

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10:  Klay Thompson #1 of the Washington State Cougars reacts after making a shot in the second half while taking on the Washington Huskies in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples
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    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 202 lbs.

    Position: SG/SF

    Age: 21

    Comparison: Martell Webster/Marco Belinelli

     

    Thompson needs to add some strength and improve his ball-handling, but he does have some very important foundational skills in place.

    Most importantly, this guy can really shoot.  In his three years at Washington State, he's averaged 18 points a game while shooting 39 percent from three-point range.  And he's shown he can hit from NBA range.

    The Pacers tried to acquire some perimeter scoring at this past season's trade deadline when they barely failed to trade for O.J. Mayo from the Grizzlies.

    Klay Thompson could provide some of that firepower they're looking for from the shooting guard position.

16: Philadelphia 76ers: Donatas Motiejunas

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    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 08:  Donatas Motiejunas of Lithuania tries to get past Gordon Hayward of the United States defends during the U19 Basketball World Championships match between the United States and Lithuania at North Shore Events Centre on Jul
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    Height: 7'0"

    Weight: 220 lbs.

    Position: C/PF

    Age: 20

    Comparison: Andrea Bargnani/Kevin Durant

     

    His game is a lot like Andrea Bargnani's, and his toothpickish arms and legs are reminiscent of Kevin Durant's (when he was a freshman at Texas).

    He needs to get a lot stronger and needs to develop every part of his game, but he could become a decent big man.

    Philadelphia is pretty set in terms of perimeter players with Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams, Evan Turner and Jodie Meeks.  They can almost certainly upgrade at center (Spencer Hawes is their current starter).

17: New York Knicks: Markieff Morris

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 27:  Markieff Morris #21 and Marcus Morris #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks react during the southwest regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the Alamodome on March 27, 2011
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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 245 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 21

    Comparison: Carlos Boozer/Al Harrington

     

    Markieff Morris is a great rebounder and defender and was a huge part of Kansas' great season. He averaged almost 14 points and just over eight rebounds a game.  

    Plus, he shot 42 percent from three-point range.

    The Knicks are in desperate need of a defensive-minded center, and that's exactly what Markieff is.  Plus, his ability to knock down 19-foot jumpers will help him fit in Mike D'Antoni's system.

18: Washington Wizards: Kenneth Faried

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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 19:  Kenneth Faried #35 of the Morehead State Eagles dunks reacts after a play against the Richmond Spiders during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 19, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Pho
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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 225 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 21

    Comparison: Paul Millsap/Louis Amundson

     

    He may be undersized, but he has everything else that a great rebounder needs (work ethic, wingspan, explosiveness).  

    He led the nation in rebounding at nearly 15 a game (after averaging 13 in each of the last two years).

    He should follow the example of Paul Millsap and work hard on every aspect of his offensive game.

    Add Faried to Washington's first pick of Kawhi Leonard and the core they already have in place with John Wall, Nick Young and JaVale McGee, and this team could be in the playoffs real soon.

19: Charlotte Bobcats: Tobias Harris

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Tobias Harris #12 of the Tennessee Volunteers drives through Evan Smotrycz #23 and Zack Novak #0 of the Michigan Wolverines in the first half during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Ca
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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 226 lbs.

    Position: SF/PF

    Age: 18

    Comparison: James Johnson

     

    Harris does just about everything well, but nothing really well.

    He could very well be drafted in the first round but may have a hard time finding his way onto the court during his rookie season.

    Charlotte does need to fill the hole left by the Gerald Wallace trade, and Harris may be able to develop into that kind of player.

20: Minnesota Timberwolves: Marshon Brooks

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    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Marshon Brooks #2 of the Providence Friars dribbles the ball against Jimmy Butler #33 of the Marquette Golden Eagles during the first round of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfitters at
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    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 190 lbs.

    Position: SG

    Age: 22

    Comparison: Jordan Crawford/Josh Howard

     

    Brooks needs to work on his shooting and his ability to get his teammates involved, but he definitely has a ton of skill.

    You can't help but be impressed by Brooks' college numbers.  As a senior playing in the Big East, he averaged 24.6 points and seven rebounds a game while shooting 48 percent from the field.

    He's a little undersized for his position, but his length should help him overcome that.  He has a crazy 7'2" wingspan.

    A few weeks ago, many experts thought Brooks might not even get drafted this year.  But he's been soaring up the draft boards lately.

    World-renowned trainer Tim Grover has been working with Brooks and has compared him to Kobe Bryant.

    Minnesota's backcourt of the future could be set with Kyrie Irving and Brooks.

21: Portland Trail Blazers: Reggie Jackson

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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 10:  Reggie Jackson #0 of the Boston College Eagles smiles during the second half of the game in the first round of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 10, 2011 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 208 lbs.

    Position: PG

    Age: 21

    Comparison: Jrue Holiday

     

    Jackson is an extremely long (7'0" wingspan) and athletic point guard who can score from all over the floor.

    He needs to get stronger and improve his decision-making and basketball IQ, but he has some raw skills that could help him become a great point guard.

    Portland's two biggest needs are at point guard and center.  Andre Miller is 35 and Marcus Camby is 37.  They need to start thinking about getting younger at those positions.

22: Denver Nuggets: Jordan Williams

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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 10:  Jordan Williams #20 of the Maryland Terrapins looks on while playing against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the first round of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 10, 2011 in G
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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 260 lbs.

    Position: C

    Age: 20

    Comparison: Marc Gasol

     

    In terms of his size, body type and the way he plays right around the rim, Williams is very reminiscent of the kind of player Gasol was a couple years ago.

    If he can develop in the same ways that Gasol did, he could be a solid center in a couple years.

    As a sophomore, Williams averaged a very solid 17 points and 12 rebounds per game at Maryland.

    Denver is set for perimeter players.  They have a lot of young talent out there.  They would be wise to add some youth to the frontcourt as well.

23: Houston Rockets: Chris Singleton

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Chris Singleton #31 of the Florida State Seminoles reacts during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Tex
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    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 225 lbs.

    Position: SF/PF

    Age: 21

    Comparison: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

     

    Singleton could become a great perimeter defender at the next level.  He's very long and athletic and could give some of the league's small forwards a few headaches.

    His offensive game needs a lot of work, but his defense could help him be an impact player early. In fact, he may be the best defensive player in this draft.

    Chase Budinger did a great job as Houston's starting small forward, but replacing him with Singleton could make them a much better defensive team.

24: Oklahoma City Thunder: Tyler Honeycutt

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    TAMPA, FL - MARCH 17:  Tyler Honeycutt #23 of the UCLA Bruins looks to pass the ball against the Michigan State Spartans during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 17, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. UCLA
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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 188 lbs.

    Position: SG/SF

    Age: 20

    Comparison: Josh Childress/Landry Fields

     

    In terms of numbers, Honeycutt's season at UCLA has been very similar to Chandler Parsons' at Florida.

    He rebounds and passes well but is never terribly aggressive as a scorer.

    His game is a bit like fellow Pac-10 guy Landry Fields', while his physical tools are similar to Childress'.

    The Thunder are pretty much set at every position, but they could use a more reliable backup small forward to relieve Kevin Durant.  Honeycutt can play both wing positions.

25: Boston Celtics: Justin Harper

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Justin Harper #32 of the Richmond Spiders handles the ball against Mario Little #23 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San An
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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 225 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 21

    Comparison: Channing Frye

     

    Harper has a great outside game for a big man but still needs a ton of work on his rebounding, defense and low-post skills.

    On the year, he averaged 18 points and seven rebounds a game while shooting 53 percent from the field and 45 percent from three-point range.

    The Celtics biggest need is young big men to displace aging former stars like Kevin Garnett and Shaquille and Jermaine O'Neal.

    Learning from Garnett for a couple years could help Harper become a great player.

26: Dallas Mavericks: Nikola Mirotic

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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 226 lbs.

    Position: SF/PF

    Age: 20

    Comparison:  Linas Kleiza/Andrea Bargnani

     

    It seems like people are looking for the next Dirk Nowitzki every year.  Unfortunately, that has led to a lot of Nikoloz Tskitishvilis.

    That's sort of the best-case/worst-case scenario for Mirotic.

    Talent-wise, he could very well be a first-round pick this year.  However, he does have some contract issues that would make a lot of teams hesitant to select him.

    He may be stuck on his European team for a while.

    Dallas could really use a backup forward to take a little pressure off Dirk Nowitzki.

27: New Jersey Nets: Kyle Singler

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24:  Kyle Singler #12 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a play against the Arizona Wildcats during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 24, 2011 in Anaheim, California
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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 230 lbs.

    Position: SF

    Age: 22

    Comparison: Mike Dunleavy/Grant Hill

     

    Singler came back to Duke this year to win a second national championship.  He didn't, and he may have hurt his draft stock in the process.

    Pretty much across the board, his stats dipped a bit, and he didn't look nearly as consistent this year as he has in the past.

    Rest assured, I didn't compare him to Dunleavy just because they're both white and played at Duke.  

    They actually have very similar bodies and numbers.  Krzyzewski recruits players to fit his system and these two had the same role.

    The biggest hole in New Jersey's lineup right now is at small forward.  Singler is a mature player that could thrive playing with a distributing point guard like Deron Williams.


28: Chicago Bulls: Nolan Smith

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Nolan Smith #2 of the Duke Blue Devils calls a play in the second half while taking on the Michigan Wolverines during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in C
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    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 185 lbs.

    Position: PG/SG

    Age: 22

    Comparison: Kyle Lowry/Devin Harris

     

    Nolan Smith had a fantastic senior season.  He averaged career highs with about 21 points, five rebounds and five assists per game.

    He played point guard for most of this season but has a skill set that may be more suited for shooting guard.

    He could be a perfect fit for the Bulls, who have two picks at the end of the first round.


29: San Antonio Spurs: Charles Jenkins

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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 220 lbs.

    Position: SG/PG

    Age: 22

    Comparison: Kyle Lowry/Stephen Jackson

     

    Jenkins was a fantastic scorer this year.  He averaged 22.6 points a game while shooting 52 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range.

    His position and body are a bit like Lowry's (only wider), but he plays fairly low to the ground like Jackson.

    He's extremely tough and could play differently in the league than just about any other guard.

    Following San Antonio's early playoff exit, the team could be in store for some changes.  They need to get younger, especially in the backcourt.  Jenkins can help them there.


30: Chicago Bulls: Keith Benson

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 18:  Keith Benson #34 of the Oakland Golden Grizzlies goes up for a shot against Alexis Wangmene #20 of the Texas Longhorns during the second round game of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 18, 2011 in Tuls
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    Height: 6'11"

    Weight: 230 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 22

    Comparison: Roy Hibbert

     

    Benson is a solid all-around player with good size and skills.  He's long, rebounds, defends very well and can knock down jump shots.

    His numbers as a senior were stellar.  He averaged 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game. Plus, he shot 55 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range.

    He may never be a star at the next level, but in a league almost devoid of elite centers, he could easily develop into a starter.

    With the Bulls, he could be a very solid backup big behind Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer.

    Plus, he could make it possible for Chicago to trade Taj Gibson for someone like Ray Allen.


Notable Second-Rounders

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 24:  NBA Commisioner David Stern speaks at the NBA Draft at Madison Square Garden on June 24, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    Here are some other prospects who could sneak into the first round.  Right now, I see them as second-rounders...

Josh Selby

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Josh Selby #32 of the Kansas Jayhawks looks on during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Richmond Spiders at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. Kansas defeated R
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    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 183 lbs.

    Position: PG/SG

    Age: 20

    Comparison: Jerryd Bayless

     

    Most experts loudly questioned Selby's decision to skip his last three years of college by declaring for the NBA draft as a freshman.

    His stock plummeted throughout his freshman season but now seems to be impressing a lot of scouts in pre-draft workouts.

    If his roller-coaster ride keeps heading in this direction, he could be a first-round pick in June.

Darius Morris

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Darius Morris #4 of the Michigan Wolverines moves the ball while taking on the Duke Blue Devils during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North
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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 190 lbs.

    Position: PG

    Age: 20

    Comparison: Andre Miller

     

    Darius Morris may be the best true point guard in this year's draft class.  He's a bit turnover prone, but he definitely looked for his teammates more than most players.

    He's a solid athlete, leader and defender.  On top of that, his size will help him against most of the league's point guards.

    He needs to work on his consistency and shooting if he's going to be successful at the next level.

Malcolm Lee

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    TAMPA, FL - MARCH 17:  Malcolm Lee #3 of the UCLA Bruins looks to pass against the Michigan State Spartans during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 17, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. UCLA won 78-76. (P
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    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 200 lbs.

    Position: PG/SG

    Age: 20

    Comparison: Shaun Livingston

     

    Lee spent a lot of his time at UCLA playing off the ball.  The same could be said of Russell Westbrook.  While Westbrook certainly hasn't completed his transition to point guard, he's well on his way.

    Lee could be the same way, just three inches taller.  His size and athleticism will give him a huge advantage over a lot of his competition.

Davis Bertans

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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 210 lbs.

    Position: SF/PF

    Age: 18

    Comparison: Andrea Bargnani

     

    Bertans has excellent range and mechanics on his jump shot for a 6'10" player.  He also handles and passes the ball well for a player of his size.

    To compete in the NBA, he'll definitely need to bulk up and add some strength.

Jon Leuer

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jon Leuer #30 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts after being called for a foul against the Butler Bulldogs during the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New O
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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 228 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 21

    Comparison: Donte Greene/Matt Bonner

     

    Leuer moves, shoots and handles the ball from the perimeter better than any big man in this class.  Just watch the video at the bottom of this slide to see how he operates like a guard.

    The reason for Leuer's smooth game: he played guard for most of his high school career.  An insane 10-inch growth spurt prior to his senior year moved him to the post.

    He could cause matchup problems for a lot of the league's big men next year.

Travis Leslie

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Travis Leslie #1 and Gerald Robinson #22 of the Georgia Bulldogs react in the first half while taking on the Washington Huskies during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on M
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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 205 lbs.

    Position: SG

    Age: 21

    Comparison: Tony Allen

     

    Travis Leslie is a bit undersized, but he may be one of the most athletic shooting guards in the draft.

    That athleticism has led to plenty of highlight-reel dunks over the course of his career at Georgia. Plus, it's helped him become a fantastic rebounder for a 6'4" player (7.2 a game).

    His body and athleticism are a lot like those of Tony Allen.

Trey Thompkins

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    ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 11:  Trey Thompkins #33 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates after hitting a 3 point shot against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the quarterfinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Georgia Dome on March 11, 2011 in Atlanta, Geor
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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 245 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 20

    Comparison: Al Harrington/Channing Frye

     

    Thompkins is a solid all-around big who can play inside and out.

    He has a decent handle on the ball, rebounds and defends well and has a very nice jump shot for a 6'10" big man.

    He can add size and versatility to a team, and there are several organizations that would love to add those things.

JaJuan Johnson

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 20:  JaJuan Johnson #25 of the Purdue Boilermakers looks to pass against Ed Nixon #50 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the second half during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on Marc
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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 221 lbs.

    Position: PF

    Age: 22

    Comparison: Amar'e Stoudemire/Hakim Warrick

     

    Purdue got knocked out in its second game of the tourney, but you can't blame Johnson.  He scored 41 points and grabbed 30 rebounds in those two contests.

    He had a great season at Purdue, and his solid all-around game could help him stay in the league for a while.

    He's shown great athleticism and a decent midrange game all year.  In a best-case scenario, he could develop into a player like Stoudemire.  Or, he could be a career backup like Hakim Warrick.

Chandler Parsons

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 26:  Chandler Parsons #25 of the Florida Gators talks to an offical during their game against the Butler Bulldogs in the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 i
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    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 218 lbs.

    Position: SF/SG

    Age: 22

    Comparison: Landry Fields/Gordon Hayward

     

    Chandler Parsons is one of the smartest players in the draft, but he almost certainly won't be selected in the first round because scouts have questioned his attitude at times.

    He's a great passer and rebounder for a wing, and he's also demonstrated the ability to knock down threes. Like Hayward and Fields, he needs to get more aggressive with his own shot selection.

    There are a few teams picking in the early part of the second round that need a small forward, and Parsons would have an outside shot starting for any of them (Nets, Clippers and Wizards).

Lucas Nogueira

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    Height: 6'11"

    Weight: 218 lbs.

    Position: C/PF

    Age: 18

    Comparison: Tyson Chandler

     

    To call Nogueira raw would be an understatement.  He has a special set of natural tools but has a ton of room to improve on his skills.

    His length (7'6" wingspan) and athleticism could help him become an impact player on defense within his first few years in the league.

    If he gets selected in the first round (or even early second), that selection will be based almost entirely on potential.

Demetri McCamey

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    CHAMPAIGN, IL - FEBRUARY 13: Demetri McCamey #32 of the Illinois Fighting Illini goes to the basket against the Purdue Boilermakers at Assembly Hall on February 13, 2011 in Champaign, Illinois. Purdue defeated Illinois 81-70. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty I
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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 200 lbs.

    Position: PG

    Age: 22

    Comparison: Deron Williams/Jason Kidd

     

    Over the last couple years, McCamey has put up some great assist numbers (6.1 per game this year and 7.1 last year).  And this year, he's added a three-point shot (45 percent from three-point range).

    He's a great distributor, and his size and strength make him comparable to Williams and Kidd.

    If he does last until the second round, he could be a steal for a team like the Los Angeles Lakers who desperately need to upgrade at point guard.

Bojan Bogdanovic

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    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 200 lbs.

    Position: SF

    Age: 22

    Comparison: Linas Kleiza

     

    Because of his solid play overseas, Bogdanovic has generated a decent amount of buzz heading into this year's draft.  Some mocks even have him going in the first round.

    He's a solid all-around player who does just about everything well but not really anything great.

    Plus, he's said to lack NBA-level elite athleticism.  Despite that, his fundamentally well-rounded game could get help him be effective at this level.

Norris Cole

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    MIAMI - MARCH 20:  Guard Norris Cole #30 (R) of the Cleveland State University Vikings takes a shot over  guard L.D. Williams #42 (L) of Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the American Ai
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    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 175 lbs.

    Position: PG

    Age: 22

    Comparison: Eric Maynor

     

    Norris Cole plays in a very small conference, so he's been almost entirely under the radar during his four-year college career.

    Even though he didn't face the best competition, his numbers are worth mentioning.  As a senior, he averaged 21.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists a game.

    The jump from the Horizon League to the NBA will be tough, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Cole develop into a solid player at the next level.

Isaiah Thomas

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Isaiah Thomas #2 of the Washington Huskies reacts while taking on the North Carolina Tar Heels during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North
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    Height: 5'9"

    Weight: 185 lbs.

    Position: PG

    Age: 22

    Comparison: Ty Lawson

     

    The biggest knock on Thomas last season was that he had too much of a score-first mentality. His assist average nearly doubled this year, and he still can't totally shake that label.

    This year, he averaged 17 points and six assists a game while shooting 45 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range.

    He demonstrated great leadership ability, athleticism and hit some clutch shots for the Washington Huskies.  He has the potential to be a great sleeper pick in the second round.

Nikola Vucevic

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    DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Nikola Vucevic #5 of the USC Trojans walks off the court after being defeated by the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the first round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2011 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Pho
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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 260 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 20

    Comparison: Kevin Love

     

    Don't read too much into the comparison to Kevin Love.  I see Vucevic being a good rebounder, but he's not on Love's level.  

    The comparison makes sense when you consider their size, fundamentals and range.

    He averaged 17 and 10 as a junior at USC and could immediately step in and contribute for a lot of teams picking in the second round.

    One of his most underrated qualities is his length.  At 6'10", he may be a bit short for a center. His 7'4" wingspan should help him against taller players.

Scotty Hopson

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    ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 11:  Scotty Hopson #32 of the Tennessee Volunteers reacts during their game against the Florida Gators in the quarterfinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Georgia Dome on March 11, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin
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    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 200 lbs.

    Position: SG/SF

    Age: 21

    Comparison: Trevor Ariza

     

    Hopson was one of the most sought-after high school recruits back in 2008.  He was the ninth-ranked recruit in the country.

    As is the case with plenty of high-profile high school players, a lot of the luster wears off in college.  That doesn't always mean the player didn't deserve the recognition he got in high school.  Sometimes a player can just find himself in the wrong situation.

    If Hopson can live up to the hype that surrounded him back in '08, he could become a solid NBA player.  He's a great scorer, but he needs to polish just about every aspect of his game.

Shelvin Mack

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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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    Height: 6'3" 

    Weight: 215 lbs.

    Position: PG/SG

    Age: 22

    Comparison: Ben Gordon/Kyle Lowry

     

    Despite his shaky NCAA title game (one of the only players from that night who could be categorized as anything other than terrible), Mack has solidified his status as a legitimate pro prospect.

    He's a big-time shooter, handles well and plays really strong for his position.

    Right now, he doesn't really have a true point guard's mentality, but he's probably too small to be an elite shooting guard.  Sounds a bit like Ben Gordon to me.

    He's demonstrated that he has solid instincts and works hard.  Those are two of the traits that helped Landry Fields be successful.

Jereme Richmond

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    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 18: Jereme Richmond #22 of the Illinois Fighting Illini shoots over Tristan Thompson #13 of the Texas Longhorns during the 2k Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 18, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/
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    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 205 lbs.

    Position: SF

    Age: 19

    Comparison: Corey Brewer

     

    Most scouts felt Richmond needed at least one more year in college to develop a better jump shot and an NBA body.  

    He's in the mix for this draft after just one season at Illinois.  In just over 20 minutes a game, he averaged 7.6 points and five rebounds.

    Some feel he might still sneak into the first round because of his length and athleticism.  As far as NBA readiness goes, he has a lot of work to do.

Jeremy Tyler

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    Height: 6'11"

    Weight: 245 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 19

    Comparison: DeMarcus Cousins

     

    Tyler is on a strange path into the NBA after forgoing his senior year of high school to play professionally overseas.

    It probably wasn't the best decision, as he apparently lacked the maturity to handle life in Europe as a professional basketball player.

    He was always on his coaches' bad sides and struggled to get on the floor much.

    Had he gone the traditional route and attended his senior year of high school and at least one year in college, he might have been a lottery pick by the time he entered the draft.

    As things stand now, he's likely to get selected somewhere in the middle of the second round.

Ben Hansbrough

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 18: Ben Hansbrough #23 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish shoots a foul shot as the Akron Zips look on in the first half during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 18, 2011 in Chica
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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 203 lbs.

    Position: PG/SG

    Age: 23

    Comparison: Luke Ridnour/Tyler Hansbrough

     

    Hansbrough was the Big East Player of the Year, but he's not getting much, if any, attention as anNBA prospect.

    He'll be a very mature rookie, with great leadership qualities.  He works and plays extremely hard and with a ton of intensity.

    He could be a low-risk selection in the second round.  One can only hope the Pacers take him with the 42nd pick so we can see some pick-and-rolls with the Hansbrough brothers.

    He's a bit like Luke Ridnour in terms of size and game, but his fiery demeanor is very much like his brother Tyler's.

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