Get a breakdown of some of this year’s notable prospects, as well as a full list of collegiate and international players who’ve filed as early entry candidates for the 2013 NBA Draft.
Earlier this month, the NBA announced 77 players – 46 from U.S. colleges and 31 from international clubs – filed as early entry candidates for the 2013 NBA Draft. Check out several notable top prospects’ accolades and statistics, as well as the complete list of players, which includes candidates from all NCAA Division I major conferences and standouts from 14 international destinations.
The NBA Draft Lottery, which will help determine the order of selection for the Draft, will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m. PDT at Disney/ABC’s Time Square Studios in N.Y. and broadcast live on ESPN.
The Kings – guaranteed a top-nine selection – have a 6.3-percent chance of landing the first-overall pick and 21.5-percent odds of being slotted in the top three. Sacramento has secured the No. 1 selection once (1989) since the introduction of the lottery system in 1985.
(Statistics courtesy of sports-reference.com/cbb)
- Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV – A force in the paint, the Mountain West Freshman of the Year led the conference in Player Efficiency Rating (28.3), while ranking second in field goal percentage (53.3 percent) and fourth in rebounding (8.1 boards per game) and blocks (1.2). An honorable mention AP All-American, as well as a finalist for the Naismith Player of the Year and John R. Wooden Awards, the 6-foot-8 big man helped lead UNLV to the NCAA Tournament.
- Trey Burke, PG, Michigan – The 6-foot guard captured nearly every national player of the year accolade – including the John R. Wooden Award, AP College Basketball Player of the Year and Naismith College Player of the Year – as well as earned Consensus All-America First Team honors. The standout sophomore — who averaged 18.6 points (second in the Big Ten), 6.7 assists (first) and 1.6 steals per game (fifth) – led the Wolverines to the National Championship game.
- Rudy Gobert, PF/C, France – Standing 7-foot-1 and possessing a 7-foot-9 wingspan, the 20-year-old averaged 8.4 points on 71.8 percent from the floor, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 22.7 minutes per game. One of the top international prospects in the Draft, the big man provides a monumental defensive presence, as well as the ability to run the floor and finish around the basket.
- Alex Len, C, Maryland – Exhibiting a terrific combination of size, quickness and mobility, combined with a knack for game-changing defensive plays, the 7-foot-1 sophomore ranked third in the ACC in blocks (2.1 per game) and fifth in rebounds (7.8).
- C.J. McCollum, PG/SG, Lehigh – The all-time leading-scorer in Patriot League history (2,361 points) and two-time AP All-American Honorable Mention averaged a career-high 23.9 points per game on 49.5 percent from the field and 51.6 percent from downtown in 12 games as a senior.
- Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas – The athletic and highly-efficient 6-foot-4 freshman – who earned a Consensus All-America Second Team nod – ranked top five in the Big 12 in scoring (15.9 points per game – third), field-goal percentage (49.5 percent – fourth), free-throw accuracy (87 percent – first) and three-pointers made (73 – fourth).
- Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA – An aggressive and explosive scorer, the 6-foot-6 forward ranked fourth in the Pac-12 with 17.9 points per game en route to capturing All-Conference First Team honors and being named Co-Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
- Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky – The 6-foot-11 big man captured numerous prestigious accolades in a spectacular freshman campaign, including SEC Freshman of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year, as well as earned First Team All-SEC and All-SEC Defensive Team honors. Renowned for his defensive prowess, the 19-year-old center set a single-game school record with 12 swats on Jan. 29 and led the nation with 4.4 blocks per game.
- Victor Oladipo, SG/SF, Indiana – The National Co-Defensive Player of the Year and Consensus All-America First Team selection led the Big Ten in steals (78), defensive win shares (2.7) and defensive rating (86.9). An energetic and hard-working swingman, the 21-year-old showcased all-around improvement as a junior, averaging 13.6 points on a Conference-leading 59.9 percent from the field and 6.3 rebounds per contest.
- Otto Porter Jr., SF, Georgetown – The 19-year-old sophomore earned Consensus All-America First Team honors, notching 16.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals per game. The 6-foot-8 forward led the Big East in field-goal percentage (48 percent) and connected on a stellar 42.2 percent of his attempts from long range.
- Cody Zeller, C, Indiana – The 7-foot center led the Big Ten in PER (29.8) and free-throws made, ranked second in rebounds (8.5) and field-goal percentage (56.4), and finished third in scoring (16.8 points). Accumulating nearly a dozen honors – including First Team All-Big Ten, a John R. Wooden All-America Team nod and USBWA and AP All-American Second Team selections – the 20-year-old sophomore helped lead Indiana to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
U.S. College Early Entrants for 2013 NBA Draft:
|C.J. Aiken||St. Joseph’s||6-9||Junior|
|Lorenzo Brown||North Carolina State||6-5||Junior|
|Reggie Bullock||North Carolina||6-7||Junior|
|Dewayne Dedmon||Southern California||7-0||Junior|
|Jamaal Franklin||San Diego State||6-5||Junior|
|Tim Hardaway Jr.||Michigan||6-6||Junior|
|Christian Kabongo||New Mexico State||6-4||Sophomore|
|C.J. Leslie||North Carolina State||6-9||Junior|
|Tony Mitchell||North Texas||6-8||Sophomore|
|Otto Porter Jr.||Georgetown||6-8||Sophomore|
|Trevis Simpson||North Carolina-Greensboro||6-4||Junior|
|Tony Snell||New Mexico||6-7||Junior|
|Tahj Tate||Delaware State||6-4||Sophomore|
|John Taylor||Fresno Pacific||6-1||Junior|
|Deshaun Thomas||Ohio State||6-7||Junior|
International Early Entrants for 2013 NBA Draft:
|Player||Team / Country||Height||Status|
|Alejandro Abrines||Barcelona (Spain)||6-6||1993 DOB|
|Giannis Adetokunbo||Filathlitikos (Greece)||6-9||1994 DOB|
|Laszlo Dobos||Zaragoza (Spain)||7-3||1993 DOB|
|Rudy Gobert||Cholet (France)||7-0||1992 DOB|
|Livio Jean-Charles||ASVEL (France)||6-8||1993 DOB|
|Sergey Karasev||Triumph (Russia)||6-7||1993 DOB|
|Raul Neto||Lagun Aro GBC (Spain)||6-1||1992 DOB|
|Lucas Riva Nogueira||Estudiantes (Spain)||7-0||1992 DOB|
|Alexandre Paranhos||Flamengo (Brazil)||6-8||1992 DOB|
|Bogdan Radosavljevic||Bayern Muenchen (Germany)||6-11||1993 DOB|
|Dennis Schroder||New Yorker Phantoms (Germany)||6-1||1993 DOB|
|Strahinja Stojacic||Smederevo (Serbia)||6-5||1992 DOB|
|Daniel Theis||Ratiopharm (Germany)||6-8||1992 DOB|
|Janis Timma||Ventspils (Latvia)||6-7||1992 DOB|
|Marko Todorovic||Barcelona (Spain)||6-10||1992 DOB|
Early entry candidates had option to withdraw from NBA Draft by 2 p.m. PDT on June 17, 2013.