March 26, 2013 in Preview
This past week signaled the end for a lot of teams college basketball season and when the season ends speculation heats up on who may be leaving early for the NBA Draft. Three high profile players have already announced their intentions to move onto the league early this week.
Lorenzo Brown, 6'5, G, Junior (NC State): Brown was one of the nation's top guards this year leading the ACC in assists by averaging over seven per game. Besides assists, most of Brown's numbers were actually slightly down from his sophomore year. His scoring dropped from 12.7 points per game to 12.4. Rebounds, field goal percentage, and three point field goal percentage all were down for Brown, while free throw percentage went up.
Brown is a combo guard that can develop and help an NBA team. He's right on the borderline of guaranteed money at this point and could spring board into the first round with an impressive Spring.
Draft Stock: Early First Round
Anthony Bennett, 6'8, F, Freshman (UNLV): The Canada native is coming off a big freshman campaign for the Runnin' Rebels and is set for the next step. Bennett finished the year averaging 16 points and 8 rebounds for UNLV. He is an athletic big man who is slated to be a high lottery pick and has even been slated as the Washington Wizards pick in many mock drafts.
Draft Stock: Lottery
Tony Mitchell, 6'8, F, Sophomore (North Texas): Mitchell certainly has one of the most interesting stories and paths to the draft around. The Texas native was set to go to Missouri but ran into numerous strange academic issues. Mitchell could either chose another school on a partial qualifier or go to a prep school for a year. Mitchell decided to go to North Texas and was a star for the Mean Green in 2012 averaging 15 points and over 10 rebounds per game. Many thought Mitchell, who has even represented Team USA on the U19 team, would go to the draft a year ago but he returned to Denton for another year. Mitchell's game seemed to deteriorate and he looked out of sorts at time. He finished the year averaging 13 points and just over 8 rebounds.
Mitchell was a lock for a lottery pick at the beginning of the season but his stock has likely dropped into the late first round. Someone will take a shot at the uber athletic enigma that is Tony Mitchell.
Draft Stock: Late First