2011 Draft Blog 15

The basketball world was buzzing like a hornets’ nest this afternoon as some unlikely college stars decided to make their returns to campus and a POY candidate took his talents to the NBA.The 2011 Draft was supposed to be filled with one-and-done players that may not be ready, but were set to declare anyway. The potential for an NBA lockout was not supposed to scare these kids due to agent loans and the way checks are disbursed to rookies they would not really lose out on any money. Instead, up is down and down is somewhere across the road to the left.

Here is what we found out today:

  • Harrison Barnes of North Carolina is on his way back to campus. This decision is not a
    shock, but anytime a potential Top 5 pick makes the choice to return to campus
    in is news worthy. Barnes was the consensus top pick to begin the season and
    after early struggles worked his way back to the top of most big boards. North
    Carolina welcomes back not only Barnes; they also have Tyler Zeller and John
    Henson coming back to campus next year too. It will be interesting to see where
    Barnes is ranked as a sophomore verse where he was as a freshman.
  • In most people’s eyes Kemba Walker was the Player of the Year, now he is the
    former Connecticut star as he has entered his name into the NBA Draft. Walker
    is a diminutive guard, but plays the game with elite pace and confidence making
    him a highly touted prospect. After his incredible junior season that was
    capped off by winning the National Championship, Walker had nothing else to
    prove at the college level.
  • The shock of all shocks came from a prospect that was suspended at the end of the
    season and decided to come back to Baylor for a sophomore season. Perry Jones is a
    lock for a Top 5 pick; many believe is the guy with the most potential of
    anyone in the NBA Draft and made the most peculiar decision of anyone. Now
    Baylor may have arguably the most athletic team in the Nation and a
    team loaded with numerous future first round picks.

What nobody is talking about is the fact that all these decisions that are making fans and owners in Cleveland and Utah cringe, are building the 2012 Draft up to be one of the best in a very long time. The formal 2012 Draft Preview with the prospects to know will come out this summer, till now here is this list:

Top returning:

  • Harrison Barnes – North Carolina sophomore
  • Perry Jones – Baylor sophomore
  • Jared Sullinger – Ohio State sophomore
  • Thomas Robinson – Kansas junior
  • Tristan Thompson – Texas sophomore
  • John Henson – North Carolina junior
  • C.J. Leslie – North Carolina State sophomore
  • Kris Joseph – Syracuse junior
  • Maalik Wayns – Villanova junior
  • Tyler Zeller – North Carolina senior

Incoming freshman:

  • Anthony Davis – Kentucky PF
  • Quincy Miller – Baylor SF
  • Michael Gilchrist – Kentucky SF
  • James McAdoo – North Carolina PF
  • Adonis Thomas – Memphis SF
  • Bradley Beal – Florida SG
  • Austin Rivers – Duke G
  • LeBryan Nash – Oklahoma State F
  • Marquis Teague – Kentucky PG
  • Myck Kabongo – Texas PG

Add in a few International Prospects and you have the makings for a great 2012 NBA Draft class. The Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers are both scouting like mad men, both have two potential lottery picks for 2012.

Series Navigation

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Frontier Theme