NBA Draft 2011: Picking an NBA All-Star Team of Former Big 12 Players

Connor Killoren@@Connor_KillorenSenior Analyst IJune 22, 2011

NBA Draft 2011: Picking an NBA All-Star Team of Former Big 12 Players

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    The Big 12 seemingly always produces quality players and that is once again evident in this year's edition of the NBA Draft.

    According to, there could potentially be five Big 12 players selected in the first round.

    Who might those players be?

    Follow along as we create an All-Star team of former Big 12 players.

Tristan Thompson

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    Perhaps the best player in the Big 12 last season, Tristan Thompson is a force on the low blocks.

    The 2010 season was an excellent one for Tristan Thompson. He averaged 13.1 points per game as well as 7.8 rebounds per game.

    He also led his Texas Longhorns to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.'s mock draft has him going eighth overall to the Detroit Pistons.

Marcus Morris

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    Marcus Morris may be one of the most versatile players in the draft.

    At 6'9" and 235 pounds, the Philadelphia native has the ability to play down low as well as on the wing.

    His statistics say it all; he averaged 17.2 points per game as well as 7.6 rebounds per game.'s mock draft has Marcus Morris going ninth overall to the Charlotte Bobcats.

Alec Burks

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    There's no doubt that Alec Burks was the most lethal scoring threat in the Big 12 this past season.

    Operating mostly on the wing, he averaged 20.5 points per game as well as 6.5 rebounds per game.

    He has the ability to be an outstanding shooting guard at the next level because of his size (6'6").

    However, he'll need to add some weight to his frame, as his playing weight at Colorado was only 193 pounds.'s mock draft has him going 11th overall to the Golden State Warriors.

Markieff Morris

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    Markieff Morris, the twin brother of Marcus Morris, was a key part of the success that Kansas enjoyed the last three seasons.

    At 6'10" and 245 pounds, he was more of an interior presence than his brother.

    However, he still knocked down the three-point shot with relative consistency.

    2010 was a great season for Markieff Morris as he averaged 13.6 points per game to go along with 8.3 rebounds per game.'s mock draft has him going 15th overall to the Indiana Pacers.

Jordan Hamilton

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    Jordan Hamilton was one of the Big 12's best players a season ago, after averaging 18.6 points per game as well as 7.7 rebounds per game.

    He and Tristan Thompson formed a formidable duo that was a very tough match-up for most teams. 

    He has the ideal size (6'7", 220 pounds) to play small forward at the next level.'s mock draft has Jordan Hamilton going 20th overall to the Minnesota Timberwolves.