Despite many saying he is overrated, Nerlens Noel is still the best NBA prospect in college basketball, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford. Ford debuted his “Big Board” for the 2012-2013, and Nerlens is right at the top:
To be clear, this is not a mock draft, which tells you what each team in the draft will likely do with their picks. Instead, Ford breaks down the top 30 prospects and evaluates their current stock. So, while Nerlens may be his top prospect, he will still only go to the team that needs/wants him the most. Nerlens has been a stud for the Cats this season, especially in the last month. He’s currently averaging 10.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks per game. Like Anthony Davis before him, Nerlens is capable of altering a game defensively, and with a team high 44 steals so far, his skills extend beyond the post. I already miss him.
Three other Cats made Ford’s board: Alex Poythress at #10, Archie Goodwin at #11, and Willie Cauley-Stein at #24. With the talent level in college basketball down this season, potential is really trumping performance when it comes to these boards and mock drafts. Any chance one of the four returns?