7. Cody Zeller, C, Indiana, 6’11″
Still, Zeller is getting to the foul line and as of late has started to put it together on the court. Leading the top team in the country and coming into the season as one of the top prospects has kept the spotlight on Zeller, who has shown new wrinkles to his offensive game.
But some NBA teams sound concerned about his size and have questions about what position he will play at the next level. Zeller is in the mix to be a top-5 pick.
8. Isaiah Austin, C, Baylor, 7’1″
Not many 7-footers can run the court, handle the ball, pass, or shoot like Austin can.
In spite of all of his abilities, Austin does not dominate the college game like he should. Still with so many NBA teams running fast-paced offenses and looking to space the court, it is hard to imagine Austin’s name won’t be one of the top 10 called since he is essentially a 3/4 on offense but can play center on defense.
9. Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown, 6’8″
Being more fluid than athletic will likely keep Porter out of the top-5, but watching him play can be hypnotic as he is so smooth.
Two concerns NBA teams appear to have are with Porter’s slender frame and lack of athleticism, which can be problems when he attempts to defend the LeBrons, Carmelos, and Kevin Durants of the world.
10. Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse, 6’6″
Carter-Williams has been among the nation’s assist leaders all season long, which has showcased his vision and passing abilities.
I had questions about his ability to be a lead guard at the next level, but Carter-Williams has shown he can take care of the basketball and doesn’t over-dribble like many converted point guards.
If Carter-Williams could shoot more accurate from outside he would be higher.
11. Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana, 6’5″
The key to Oladipo’s success has been his dramatic improvement shooting 3s. Looking at the board there are not many prospects as athletic as Oladipo that are as efficient or productive on both ends of the court.
Come draft night, I fully expect him to be in consideration by some top-5 teams, and he should be a lock to go top-10.
12. Alex Poythress, SF, Kentucky, 6’9″
But where Oladipo has polished his game, Poythress remains raw, primarily on offense. Early in the season is when Poythress’ stock was highest, but of late his lack of touches and spotty production have knocked him outside the top-10.
Whatever lottery team selects Poythress is taking him on his potential and raw athleticism.
13. Mason Plumlee, C, Duke, 6’10″
Whereas Plumlee’s older brother, Miles, was selected in the first round based on his athleticism and pre-draft workouts, Mason has produced to the point where he will be under consideration for some awards.
Averaging a double-double, 17.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg, is no small feat in the ACC, and combined with explosive athleticism, Plumlee is sure to be selected in the top-half of round 1.