Kentucky freshman forward Anthony Davis is widely viewed as the consensus No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the league's general managers and scouts. The big question: Who will go No. 2?
Connecticut freshman center Andre Drummond, Kentucky freshman forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Florida freshman guard Bradley Beal and North Carolina sophomore forward Harrison Barnes will all receive consideration, league executives and scouts told Yahoo! Sports.
"It's a very good draft with good players – not franchise players," one NBA assistant general manager said. "In 2003, there were four or five guys that became perennial All-Stars, some who could be Hall of Famers.
"If you were looking for a franchise player, this draft has only one in Anthony Davis. But after that, this draft has a lot of foundation guys that can play for a long time."
With college underclassmen beginning to declare for the June 28 draft, NBA teams are putting together their wish lists. Here's a look at the players who could be taken in the top 10 picks.
1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky, Fresh., 6-10, 220 pounds, PF/C – Scout's opinion: "People compare him to Hakeem Olajuwon or Patrick Ewing, but if you compare their freshman numbers, Davis' are probably better. He blocks shots, rebounds and changes the team approach defensively. He was a guard four years ago, before he grew, but he is grasping the concept of being a big man."
2. Andre Drummond, Connecticut, Fresh., 6-10, 251 pounds, C – Scout's opinion: "He's very big. He's probably the most physically prepared guy in draft. You look at him and his body says, 'NBA center,' but his game doesn't match his body. In his defense, it takes big men more time to develop."
3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky, Fresh., 6-7, 228 pounds, SF – Scout's opinion: "He's tough. He's everything you want in a small forward – big, aggressive. He can't shoot it well, but he can get better at it. Can't-miss prospect."
4. Harrison Barnes, North Carolina, Soph., 6-8, 223 pounds, SF – Scout's opinion: "He has a chance to be the second pick. He's as safe a pick as there is. He's consistently scored since high school. He consistently scored more than most in the draft. Some say he's one dimensional, but he can shoot the ball, which every coach wants."
5. Bradley Beal, Florida, Fresh., 6-4, 201 pounds, SG – Scout's opinion: "He's a great shooter. He defends, he rebounds very well for his position. He's a very smart kid."
6. John Henson, North Carolina, Soph., 6-11, 220 pounds, PF – Scout's opinion: "He was the Defensive Player of the Year in the ACC and he blocks shots, rebounds, is long and can finish in transition. He's improved every year at North Carolina. The biggest issue for him is filling out his body."
7. Perry Jones III, Baylor, Soph., 6-11, 220 pounds, PF – Scout's opinion: "He has no heart, but he's the best talent available after Anthony Davis. Your owner could end up saying, 'How did me miss on this kid?' It's a gamble, but after a while if he keeps getting passed up it's a no brainer."
8. Thomas Robinson, Kansas, Jr., 6-9, 240 pounds, PF – Scout's opinion: "He's a steady player. He has improved every year. A little undersized at his position, he showed toughness after returning to play after losing his mother. Tough to do. Through it all he still got better as a player."
9. Jared Sullinger, Ohio State, Soph., 6-9, 280 pounds, PF – Scout's opinion: "Good hands. Wide body. Good basketball IQ. He can face up and play away from the basket. He lacks athleticism and explosion, which is a concern at his size. I think he is 6-foot-8 and he plays like a center."
10. Cody Zeller, Indiana, Fresh., 6-11, 215 pounds, C – Scout's opinion: "He's a very skilled and good player. At his age and position, he will get better. But he has short arms and doesn't rebound well."
Other candidates: Connecticut guard Jeremy Lamb; Kentucky forward Terrence Jones; Illinois center Meyers Leonard; Weber State guard Damian Lillard; North Carolina guard Kendall Marshall; Baylor forward Quincy Miller; Duke guard Austin Rivers; Syracuse guard Dion Waiters; North Carolina center Tyler Zeller.
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