Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 3/30/13
The 2013 NBA Draft will soon be here. As the college basketball season winds down, more players are entering their names for consideration every day.  Here is a list of underclassmen who have already declared for the 2013 NBA Draft and where they could end up being selected. Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2013 NBA Draft mock. Updated: 3/30/13 C.J. Aiken, PF, St. Joseph’s, 6-9, Jr. ’12-’13: 10.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.6 bpg, 49.6 FG%, 79.3 FT%, 25.3 3-PT% Aiken is a terrific athlete and shot blocker but the rest of his game leaves plenty to be desired.  He thinks he is a better shooter than he actually is and had a rather disappointing junior season which makes his decision to enter the 2013 NBA Draft a bit bizarre.  He might get some second round looks based on athleticism and potential alone. Lorenzo Brown, PG, N.C. State, 6-5, Jr. ’12-’13: 12.4 ppg, 7.2 apg, 4.3 rpg, 2 spg, 41.9 FG%, 77.1 FT%, 26.3 3-PT% Brown was my top point guard heading into this season but didn’t break out like most expected. As a result, he could slip into the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft.  He has great size for a NBA point guard and ability to create but is a very inconsistent outside shooter. C.J. Leslie, F, N.C. State, 6-9, Jr. ’12-’13: 15.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.2 bpg, 51.9 FG%, 61.2 FT% Leslie possesses a ton of skill, athleticism, and is a ridiculous leaper.  However, he is not a great outside shooter and doesn’t have the physicality to bang down low.  Plus, there have been questions about his maturity and basketball IQ.  Some team will probably take a chance on him in the 20’s but it wouldn’t surprise me if he slipped into the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft. Amath M’Baye, PF, Oklahoma, 6-9, Jr. ’12-’13: 10.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 46.1 FG%, 75 FT%, 27.9 3-PT% Since he transferred to OU from Wyoming, M’Baye is graduating this Spring and is already 23 years old so you can’t blame him for leaving school now.  He is a possible second round prospect due to his length, athleticism, and ability to step away from the basket and knock down jumpers. Tony Mitchell, F, North Texas, 6-8, Soph. ’12-’13: 13 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.7 bpg, 44 FG%, 67.5 FT%, 30 3-PT% Mitchell had a somewhat disappointing sophomore season which hurt his stock some since he was a possible top ten pick coming into the year.  The mid-first round seems like a more realistic spot for him now but he could still sneak into the late lottery of the 2013 NBA Draft. Eric Moreland, PF, Oregon State, 6-10, Soph. ’12-’13: 9.4 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.5 bpg, 57.4 FG%, 56.6 FT%, 31.6 3-PT% Moreland is testing the waters at this point.  The former UTEP transfer finished ninth in the nation in rebounding and his length and athleticism could be intriguing to some team looking to take a 2013 NBA Draft second round flyer. Marshawn Powell, PF, Arkansas, 6-7, Jr. ’12-’13: 14.5 ppg, 5.4 apg, 1.2 bpg, 48.7 FG%, 64.2 FT%, 34.6 3-PT% Powell is an undersized four who could very well go unpicked in the 2013 NBA Draft.  He does have the ability to shoot the ball and can be explosive at the rim, however the fact that he doesn’t have a true position at the next level hurts his potential. Tony Snell, SF, New Mexico, 6-7, Jr. ’12-’13: 12.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.6 apg, 44.2 FG%, 84.3 FT%, 39 3-PT% Snell is simply testing the waters and there is no real threat of him actually leaving the Lobos since he would likely be a borderline second round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.  It will be interesting to see if Steve Alford’s exit to UCLA has any impact on Snell’s decision. B.J. Young, PG, Arkansas, 6-3, Soph. ’12-’13: 15.2 ppg, 3.4 apg, 3.5 rpg, 44.9 FG%, 66.9 FT%, 22.7 3-PT% After testing the waters last year, Young is in for good.  He is an athletic combo guard who is best attacking the rim but is not a great outside shooter or distributor.  The late first round/early second seems like a probable landing spot for him. 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 and the most accurate 2012 NBA Mock Draft on the internet (Yup, repeat champ… #humblebrag.) You can follow him on Twitter at David_Kmiecik. The post 2013 NBA Draft Early Entrants appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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