Month: August 2012

NBA Draft 2013: Early Look at the Centers

It’s another typical group of centers for the 2013 draft. At least that’s how I would describe the returning players. The freshmen could actually be something special. The reason is there are so many highly-rated centers in the 2012 recruiting class. Five of the top 8 players and 11 of the top 40 are listed as centers. That’s way out of the norm. The previous 5 classes had 5 centers total in the top 8 and never more than 7 in the top 40 in any one year. So the 2013 incoming freshmen center class comes in with depth and potential rarely seen. Recruiting classes can be fickle though. All the players are a long way from being complete and a lot of wrong things can happen on their way there. But the sheer number of highly-touted prospects makes it likely that there will be one or two freshmen centers who emerge as the top prospect(s) for the 2013 draft.

Since this piece is focusing on the returning centers, it won’t be as glowing. There are a couple of sophs, Alex Len and Amir Williams, who hold some promise. Other than that 2013 features a typically starless group of centers. Many of them are old for college players, but all have shown enough that they’re worth keeping an eye on. Some will improve enough in 2013 to get themselves into the first round discussion.

Draft 2013: Early look at the top PGs

The 2013 PG class looks a little thin right now. There is no returning player who looks like a sure thing as a prospect and the incoming freshman class, which isn’t included here, looks weak. The class was hurt more when TJ McConnell, who may have been the top returning PG prospect, transferred from Duquense to Arizona and will sit out the year because of it. He’s one to keep in mind as a bust out star for 2014 though.

Back to the present, there are three that rate above the crowd going into 2013, Michael Carter-Williams, Nate Wolters and Aaron Craft. There are also a few still-young phenoms who had weak starts, but are certainly capable of improvement. After that there are several juniors and seniors who would be called the usual suspects. Players who have flashed some nice skills, but need to develop more before they’re serious prospects.

It is worth noting that the top PG drafted in 2012, Damian Lillard, was barely a blip on most draft geek radars, including mine, at this time last year. That illustrates how quickly things can turn during one college season. With that in mind, let’s not take these rankings too seriously until the games start and statistics start to pile up in a few months.