The 2012 NBA draft is looking to be one of the best drafts in years. Many of the prospects will be entering intriguing scenarios once the 2011-12 college basketball season kicks off.
With the NBA's 2011-12 season in serious jeopardy, basketball fans are turning to the next best thing, college basketball, in search of the next crop of stars.
There were quite a few surprises when a number of top players elected to return for another year of college ball rather than being anywhere from a lottery pick to a top five selection. It will be interesting to see whether their decision to stay will be for the best.
Considering the likelihood of there being no pro ball in the United States, at least these guys will be able to play here rather than head overseas.
Then there are the incoming freshmen, many of which will be entering favorable situations to showcase their skills.
Finally, there are the guys who have had tons of potential, but after waiting for a year or two, now will be asked to transform that potential into a dominant college season.
Here are 10 prospects, in order of class (freshmen come first), that everyone should be keeping an eye on this season. I know NBA scouts will be.