Damian Lillard, Tony Wroten To Enter NBA Draft

By Ryan Gaydos

The 2012 NBA Draft will have two more participants come June. Weber State guard Damian Lillard and Washington guard Tony Wroten have both declared for the draft. It is unclear whether or not Lillard will hire an agent but Wroten will hire an agent and stay in the draft.

This season, Weber State was 25-7 this season overall and 14-2 in the Big Sky Conference play however they did not make it to the NCAA Tournament. Lillard, a junior, had an outstanding 2011-12 season for the Wildcats. He averaged 24.5 points per game which ranked in the top 15 in scoring in the nation and is considered the top available point guard in the draft.

Wroten is only a freshman coming out of Washington. Washington was 24-11 with a 14-4 conference record in the Pac-12. Washington lost in the NIT semifinals to Minnesota 68-67. Wroten led the Huskies with 16.7 points and averaged 5.0 rebounds per game as well.

According to MyNBADraft.com, Wroten is projected to go in the top 20 and possibly land with the Philadelphia 76ers. He is also ranked 19th on ESPN.com’s 100 Prospects list.

Lillard is also ranked 13th on ESPN’s top 100 prospects list for the NBA Draft. Lillard may land in the top 10 in the draft as MyNBADraft.com projects Lillard as the ninth pick of the draft currently slotted by the Utah Jazz.

Both players played well in college but it may be that Lillard needs to play better competition for people to get a better idea of how well he could play against NBA talents. Wroten may need more time in college to play, in-general. We will see how their NBA workouts go.

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