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The best prospects in the NBA for 2010

March Madness is over, as are the college careers of many of its most talented participants. Several freshmen (with more to follow) have already declared for the NBA Draft in June. Of course, some will change their minds and return to school after receiving information about their potential draft spots.

Here’s my list of the top ten prospects for the 2010 NBA draft (list excludes international players):

one. John Wall, P.G., Kentucky – The Kentucky point guard leads almost every 2010 mock draft out there. His combination of size, athleticism and explosiveness are off the charts in his position. Wall also possesses versatility and incredible basketball instincts. SEC Player of the Year – Wall is still very raw and has plenty of room to grow. The ceiling of him in the next level is unlimited, where he will be unstoppable if he develops a reliable jump shot. Wall gets the nod from my No. 2 prospect, Evan Turner, because point guards with his type of ability don’t show up very often.

2. Evan Turner, SG, Ohio St. – In my opinion, Turner is hands down the smartest of the 2010 NBA prospects. There isn’t much this 6’6″ guard can’t do on the court, as evidenced by his 20-9-6 average this season. Turner has the quintessential NBA shooting guard size to go along with his amazing versatility and knowledge of the court. He may not be in the explosive mold of Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, but he is more than capable of scoring 20-plus while showing off the complete game that made him the player of the year in college basketball this season.

3. DeMarcus Cousins, PF/C, Kentucky – Of the post players in this year’s draft, Cousins ​​​​is the most ready to contribute immediately. He has an NBA body, excellent footwork in the post, soft hands and a great touch around the basket. Early problems with attitude and maturity would seem to be a thing of the past, as Cousins ​​emerged as the most consistent weapon on a Kentucky team filled with NBA prospects. If Cousins ​​can answer questions about his work ethic and defense, he could be a dominant post in the NBA for a long time.

Four. Derrick Favors, PF/C, Georgia Tech – Favors was rivaled only by Wall in fanfare coming out of high school. While Wall flourished in Kentucky, the Favors season was somewhat disappointing. He showed flashes of his elite talent, but struggled with consistency all season. In the Favors defense, the guard play at Tech was downright atrocious at times this season, especially his ability to feed the post and create opportunities for a very talented front line. Fortunately for Favors, his physical tools were tailor-made for professional play. His athleticism and explosiveness around the rim can’t be matched by the other big men in this draft.

5. Wesley Johnson, G/F, Syracuse – The 6’7″ junior is a long athlete who can defend a multitude of positions. Johnson will be 23 when NBA training camps open for the 2010-2011 season, making him the most mature of the juniors. top prospects in the NBA.He has solid hitting from the outside and is a very good rebounder at his position.However, his ball handling and ability to create off the dribble will need to improve.

6. Al-Farouq Aminu, SF/PF, Wake Forest – Very long forward who went from being a raw athlete with potential to a more skilled offensive player this season. Although his face at the basket game showed great improvement, he still has a long way to go. Incredible wing span and excellent lateral movement make Aminu a potential defensive nightmare for next-level offensive players.

7. Greg Monroe, PF/C, Georgetown – Monroe is an incredibly skilled big man with soft hands and solid footwork. He’s a great passer from the post and really seems to have great game sense. On the downside, Monroe isn’t particularly athletic and motivation can be an issue. He can also use some work on his weak hand.

8. Ed Davis, P.F., North Carolina – After showing great promise as a freshman to a National Champion, expectations were high for Davis as a returning sophomore. Unfortunately, the season was a disappointment for both Davis and his Tarheels. His offensive game is still pretty limited, as he’s primarily a finisher around the rim. He will need to greatly expand his offensive repertoire, but his ability is undeniable.

9. Xavier Henry, SG, Kansas – Most mock drafts have his teammate – Cole Aldrich going ahead of him at this point. But I like Henry’s ideal size for NBA 2 and the punch from the outside. He’ll definitely need to improve his dribbling scoring ability, but he’ll be very effective coming off screens. The explosiveness may not be ideal for an SG, but he has enough athleticism to get the job done.

10 Ekpe Udoh, PF/C, Baylor – Udoh came into his own in his youth campaign when he led Baylor to the Elite 8. He has great potential as a defensive player with superior shot-blocking ability. His offensive skill set is still emerging, but he shows plenty of promise as a post scorer.

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