Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 3/21/12

The deadline for college basketball players to declare for the 2012 NBA Draft is much earlier this year than in previous off-seasons.  If an underclassmen wishes to “test the waters” and not hire an agent, he must make that decision by April 10th.   Under the new NCAA guidelines, players who declare for the draft but have not hired an agent must withdraw by April 10th in order to retain their college eligibility.  After that, players have until April 29th to enter the draft.  At that point, once they are in; there is no turning back.

Check out our 2012 NBA Mock Draft and click on the player’s name for an in-depth scouting report.

DECLARED FOR THE DRAFT:
Moe Harkless, SF, St. John’s, 6-8, Fr.
’11-’12: 15.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.6 spg, 1.6 bpg, 44.5 FG%, 67.8 FT%, 20.2 3-PT%
I have been on the Harkless bandwagon for most of this past season and think his game will translate really well at the next level.  He has good size, athleticism, and a smooth attacking and mid-range game.  Most people are projecting him in the 15-25 range but I think he will end up being a lottery pick before it is all said and done.

Quincy Roberts, SG, Grambling State, 6-5, Jr.
’11-’12: 22.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 40.9 FG%, 80 FT%, 32 3-PT%
The former St. John’s Red Storm two guard posted some monster numbers in the very weak SWAC but will be lucky to hear his name called on draft night.

Victor Rudd, SF, South Florida, 6-7, Soph.
’11-’12: 9.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 37.5 FG%, 75.6 FT%, 30.6 3-PT%
I had been targeting Rudd as a potential draft sleeper… for next season though.  The former Arizona State transfer is a terrific athlete but doesn’t possess any other talent that really warrants him leaving school early.  He would maybe be a second round pick.

Maalik Wayns, PG, Villanova, 6-2, Jr.
’11-’12: 17.6 ppg, 4.6 apg, 3.8 rpg, 41.4 FG%, 89.2 FT%, 29.8 3-PT%
Even though this is considered a fairly weak point guard class, Wayns really doesn’t have a chance of being a first round pick.  I would be surprised if he didn’t return for his senior season.

David Kay is a senior feature NBA Draft, NBA, and college basketball writer for the Sports Bank.  He also heads up the NBA and college basketball material at Walter Football.com and is a former contributor at The Washington Times Communities.  David has appeared on numerous national radio programs spanning from Cleveland to New Orleans to Honolulu.  He also had the most accurate 2011 NBA Mock Draft on the web.

You can follow him on Twitter at DavidKay_TSB.

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