The Sporting News released the top-10 of its 2010 NBA mock draft, and it’s no surprise that our very own John Wall is at the top. Mildly surprising is that Patrick Patterson finds himself in the ninth slot, as many people believed that the depth of this year’s class would make it difficult for Patterson to improve on the mid-first round projections he seemed to be receiving for the 2009 draft. Of course, if the two are selected in the top ten together, it’ll be the first time since 1984 that the first ten selections have included two Wildcats. Sam Bowie famously went #2 overall to the Blazers and Melvin Turpin went back to the buffet sixth overall to the Washington Bullets in that 1984 draft, which also featured Olajuwon, Jordan and Barkley, names with which you might be familiar. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that the NBA works out a little better for Wall and Patterson than it did for Bowie and Turpin.
No other team placed two players in the top-10 of TSN’s draft, confirming once again that we are the supreme rulers of the basketball universe. Ok, maybe not. But it’s nice to have talent again, eh?