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NBA Scout Talks Top Draft Prospects

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Unlike last season when everyone and their brother had Anthony Davis of Kentucky as the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, this year it is wide open.

Talk to any NBA scout and they will give you  up to six, seven, eight names of guys who could be the top pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

One veteran NBA scout told, “The list is a movable feast changing from week-to-week.” Here’s his take on six prospects who could go No. 1.


Nerlens Noel, 6-10 Fr. F, Kentucky 

10.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3,7 bpg, 2.7 spg

Scout’s take: “Great quickness and effort. Blocks everything, rebounds, steals, improving offensively. Great upside.”

Alex Len, 7-1 So. C, Maryland 

13.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.2 bpg

Scout’s take: “Always moving. Shoots it out to 18 feet. Rebounds, works at it.”

Ben McLemore, 6-5 Fr. G, Kansas

16.4 pgg, 5.4 rpg

Scout’s take: “Shooting up the charts. Shoots it straight. Really runs the floor and finishes.”

Cody Zeller, 7-0 So. C, Indiana

16.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg

Scout’s take: “Understands how to play. Good skill set. Can play every part of the game.”

Shabazz Muhammad, 6-6 Fr. F/G, UCLA

18.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg

Scout’s take: “Good looking swingman. Runs, jumps, dunks. Hits the medium pull-up jumper.”

Anthony Bennett, 6-8 Fr. F, UNLV

19.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg

Scout’s take: “Playing at a very high level. Explosive driver. Finishes strong. One of the country’s best young players.”

Photo: Kentucky Athletics

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.