March Rantness has been over for quite some time, but the insanity spilling into the NBA Draft is of great magnitude. Tons of NCAAB players are making the leap to the professional ranks and only five made out countdown of the best players who have already declared for July’s draft.
We start off with an ex-Georgia Bulldog who spent just one season in the SEC as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has thrown his name into the NBA hat. Pope was successful in his freshman campaign averaging 18.5 points, but his Bulldogs were barely relevant. The program’s losing ways will not derail Pope in his climb to the next level–Pope is projected to go late in the NBA lottery.
Trey Burke has seen his draft stock soar in the last three weeks as the Wooden Player of the Year is ready for the next level. Although Burke is not a national champion, he remains the best point guard in the land with plenty to offer any team drafting in the top eight.
At three is Georgetown Hoyas leading scorer from 2012, Otto Porter. Although it is early, NBA Mock Drafts have the ex-Hoya going third overall to the Phoenix Suns. Porter would definitely help the Suns as his 6-foot-8 frame is perfect for the rigors of the NBA game.
Nerlens Noel has not played basketball since February 12th when the then Kentucky Wildcat tore his ACL. Noel was the consensus number one prep player this time last year, but he feels that less than one year under John Calipari was more than enough. Unfortunately, Noel will be unable to show us much before his injured leg is healed.
Lastly, we have Ben McLemore who was one of the leaders for the Kansas Jayhawks in just his freshman season. McLemore came oout with a bang in the Big 12 this year scoring over 15 points a game and shooting close to 50% from the field. His ability to get his own shot makes him the deadliest player in this draft, so keep an eye on McLemore as the NBA draft day nears.