1. Travis Leslie, SG, Georgia- Leslie has great athletic ability, he is a decent slasher to the basket and is a top tier defender. He could turn into a Tony Allen type impact player for a good team because of his hard nosed defense and commitment on the boards. As a junior Leslie averaged 7 rebounds per game as a shooting guard, one thing that all scouts have been saying during this draft process (mostly in regards to Kenneth Faried) is rebounding is one thing that transfers to the NBA game. That bodes well for Leslie, I think the Heat are a potential option. They could start him at the point to lock down smaller point guards, and let LeBron handle more of the point guard responsibilities on offense. He will have to improve his shaky jump shot in that situation.
2. Jeremy Tyler, PF, Japan- After Tyler interviewed and measured well in Chicago it is possible he could land in the first round and possibly even the lottery, but for as many positives there are about this kid there are questions. He had two disastrous seasons overseas and concerns about character and work ethic have been following ever since. He has shown improved maturity, a nice skill set, and incredible measurements since the draft process began. Tyler could easily fall in the draft and if he does look for someone to grab him at the end of the first or early second. It will be a few years before this pick pays off but it has the potential to be a huge addition.
4. Darius Morris, PG, Michigan- Darius Morris' draft stock has been up and down, with most scouts believing he should have stayed in Ann Arbor for one more year. He chose to declare and is a fringe first rounder who many compare to a second coming of Andre Miller. Morris is a big guard who is great at setting up teammates and finishing at the hoop, but lacks a solid jump shot. It will be interesting to see where he lands, Darius has the potential to turn into a productive back up on a playoff team right away.
5. Nolan Smith, PG, Duke- It surprises me how little people are talking about Nolan Smith, who had a great senior campaign. He proved he can create his own shot by slashing to the basket and he is an above average 3 point shooter. He also has heart and great leadership qualities that the winning teams always seem to have. I think he could be awesome on a team like Chicago or Miami and I expect him to be drafted in the last 3 picks of the first round or by Miami with the first pick of the second. I think he will be a productive pro and will be in the league a long time.
7.JaJuan Johnson, PF, Purdue- Johnson has improved each year of college and was one of the top shot blockers in all of the NCAA last year. His slender frame and older age may have him falling down draft boards, but I think he could contribute in the future. Johnson improved his mid range jumper and now can drain a 10-15 footer. Weak side defense is his best skill, swooping over to reject shots with his long arms and leaping ability. I think he will surprise a lot of people.
8. Keith Benson, C, Oakland- Benson played against subpar competition for most of his collegiate career, but at times when he played against top tier teams he showed up and was able to play well. He has legitimate size to be a center in the NBA and has some nice offensive moves to go along with his shot blocking. He is a little skinny and will need to bulk up to compete daily at the next level. Benson will also have to improve his offensive game and footwork. Overall I think he will be a nice addition to whichever team decides to draft Benson.
10. Ben Hansbrough, PG, Notre Dame- After his big brother Tyler proved many of his critics wrong it is hard not to believe his younger brother will do the same. Like Tyler, Ben plays with passion and enough heart for the whole team. He would be a nice addition as a bench player that you could count on in tough situations, and he proved that he can shoot the ball as well. I expect him to be taken at the bottom of the second round or go undrafted, but I think he is such a tough competitor and hard worker that he will find his way onto a roster and make a name for himself.