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A Look At The Top 10, Part I

Depending on who you talk to, ten of the names listed below in some form or combination will more than likely help make up the top 10 picks in tomorrow night’s NBA Draft. Over the course of the college basketball season and the workout process directly following, the players listed below have put themselves in a good position to become a lottery pick. For some, the destination has been almost written in stone from the start. For others, the transformation into a lottery pick has been unexpected and a slower journey. Let’s take a look back at how these players were rated coming out of high school, and how they performed during their college careers to lead them to this point. 

*High school ratings according to Rivals.com

Nerlens Noel, Kentucky

– 5-star player

-#2 ranked player in the class of 2012

– #1 ranked center in the class of 2012

– 1 year-starter for Kentucky, averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds in 31.9 minutes per game

 

Alex Len, Maryland

– 2-star player

– Not ranked in the class of 2011

– 2-year starter for Maryland, averaged 6.0 points, 5.4 rebounds in 21.2 minutes per game in 2011-2012

– Averaged 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds in 26.4 minutes per game in 2012-2013

 

Ben McLemore, Kansas

– 4-star player

– #34 ranked player in the class of 2011

– #9 ranked shooting guard in the class of 2011

– McLemore spent 1 year at a prep school before becoming a starer during his freshman season at Kansas

– Averaged 15.9 points, 5.2 rebounds in 32.2 minutes per game in 2012-2013

 

Otto Porter, Jr. , Georgetown

– 4-star player

– #37 ranked player in the class of 2011

– #8 ranked power forward in the class of 2011

– Became a starter at the end of his freshman year, averaged 9.7 points, 6.8 rebounds in 29.7 minutes per game

– Averaged 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds in 35.4 minutes per game in 2012-2013 a full-time starter

 

Victor Oladipo, Indiana

– 3-star player

– #144 ranked player in the class of 2010

– #41 ranked shooting guard in the class of 2010

– Oladipo became a starter during his sophomore year at Indiana

– Averaged 7.4 points, 3.7 rebounds per game in 18 minutes per game during 2010-2011

– Averaged 10.8 points, 5.3 rebounds per game in 26.7 minutes per game during 2011-2012

– Averaged 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds per game in 28.4 minutes per game during 2012-2013

 

Anthony Bennett, UNLV

– 5-star player

– #7 ranked player in the class of 2012

– #1 ranked power forward in the class of 2012

– 1-year starter for UNLV, averaged 16.1 points, 8.1 rebounds in 27.1 minutes per game in 2012-2013

 

Trey Burke, Michigan

– 3-star player

– #142 ranked player in the class of 2011

– #26 ranked point guard in the class of 2011

– 2-year starter for Michigan, averaged 14.8 points, 4.6 assists in 36.1 minutes per game during 2011-2012

– Averaged 18.6 points, 6.7 assists in 35.3 minutes per game during 2012-2013

 

Cody Zeller, Indiana

– 5-star player

– #15 ranked player in the class of 2011

– #5 ranked power forward in the class of 2011

– 2-year started for Indiana, averaged 15.6 points, 6.6 rebounds in 28.5 minutes per game in 2011-2012

– Averaged 16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds in 29.5 minutes per game in 2012-2013

 

Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA

– 5-star player

– #1 ranked played in the class of 2012

– #1 ranked shooting guard in the class of 2012

– Muhammad was a 1-year starter for UCLA, averaged 17.9 points, 5.2 rebounds in 30.8 minutes per game in 2012-2013

 

C.J. McCollum, Lehigh

– Unranked player in the class of 2009

– McCollum was a 4-year starter for Lehigh, averaged 19.1 points, 5.0 rebounds in 31.9 minutes per game during 2009-2010

– Averaged 21.8 points, 7.8 rebounds in 34.5 minutes per game in 2010-2011

– Averaged 21.9 points, 6.5 rebounds in 33.1 minutes per game in 2011-2012

– Averaged 23.9 points, 5.0 rebounds in 31.0 minutes per game in 2012-2013

 

Steven Adams, Pittsburgh

– 5-star player

– #5 ranked player in the class of 2012

– #3 ranked center in the class of 2012

– 1-year starter for Pittsburgh, averaged 7.2 points, 6.3 rebounds in 23.4 minutes per game in 2012-2013

 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia

– 5-star player

– #12 ranked player in the class of 2011

– #3 ranked shooting guard in the class of 2011

– Caldwell-Pope was a 2-year starter for Georgia, averaged 13.2 points, 5.2 rebounds in 32.1 minutes per game during 2011-2012

– Averaged 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds in 33.9 minutes per game during 2012-2013

 

Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga

– 2-star player

– Unranked player in the class of 2009

– Olynyk played 2 years for Gonzaga before redshirting, then finishing up as a 1-year starter

– Averaged 3.8 points in 12.3 minutes per game during 2009-2010

– Averaged 5.8 points in 13.5 minutes per game in 2010-2011

– Redshirted 2011-2012 season

– Averaged 17.8 points, 4.6 rebounds in 26.4 minutes per game in 2012-2013

 

*Out of the 13 players listed, only 6 were rated as 5-star players coming out of high school. 

*3 of the players were rated as a 2-star or below

 

In Part II tomorrow, I will take a look back at how the Top 10 ranked players in the high school class of 2012 panned out this season…

 

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

11 Comments for A Look At The Top 10, Part I



  1. Bobbum man
    10:03 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    How did Olynyk only average less than 5 reb a game?



  2. jb k
    10:13 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Mclemore did not go to prep school. He red shirted at KU, I believe because of academic reasons



  3. Pumps and a Bump
    10:19 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    I hope those Harrison rumors are untrue.



  4. jb k
    10:21 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    @3, what are the rumors?



  5. tdogg40330
    10:26 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    2) you’re right, he was forced to sit out by the NCAA.



  6. 9in14
    10:27 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    4) Just some dumb twitter rumblings that they have grade issues.



  7. tdogg40330
    10:30 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    6) just some dumb troll rumblings, I haven’t seen the first thing on twitter



  8. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    8:59 am June 27, 2013 Permalink

    Pity the fool who drafts Olynyk. 7 foot tall, 4.6 rebs a game. Really? In a conference I don’t even know which?



  9. Blue_Cat75
    1:50 pm June 27, 2013 Permalink

    Ally, you must have forgot that Shabazz Muhammad averaged 1.2 temper tantrums per game also.



  10. daCoach
    5:14 pm June 27, 2013 Permalink

    As a member of the BBN, i say you gotta give Rickie P even more credit. Not one player mentioned in the first round.



  11. CatsFanFrankfort
    5:41 pm June 27, 2013 Permalink

    Tsk tsk, Ally – rookie mistake: always use the recruiting site that ranks the UK players highest! Scout.com had Nerlens at No. 1!