Found June 19, 2013 on Waiting For Next Year:
While the Cleveland Cavaliers may be inviting a handful of top-ranked win players to Independence for a workout, ESPN’s Chad Ford says that a pair of centers are the “early favorites” to be selected with the first-overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The team is expected to host several non-centers to Independence on Wednesday, including Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore and Georgetown small forward Otto Porter Jr. In a chat conducted on Wednesday afternoon, Ford says that while there are several players in the mix, odds are that the Wine and Gold add a big man to their stable come June 27, be it in the form of Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel or Maryland’s Alex Len. “There’s more in the mix there,” said Ford, “but I think those two are the favorite.” While the majority of mock drafts have had the Cavaliers selecting Noel, recent murmurs have added Len’s name into the mix for the No. 1 pick due to his offensive skill set and ability to play from the start of the season. Ford, however, is sticking to his guns and penciling the Cavaliers in for the flat-topped Kentucky product. “Despite the Internet chatter, I don’t think it’s correct to say that the Cavs are leaning toward Len,” said Ford. “I think they’re using this week to evaluate everyone. Figure out who the best fit is and I think by early next week we’ll have a read on the favorite. To me it’s Noel until I hear otherwise from Cleveland and I’ve yet to hear otherwise.” [Related: Top Pick Debate: No Clear Answer, But Several Theories To Rule Out]  

Scouting Report - Nerlens Noel

Name:       Nerlens Noel   Age:   19    School: Kentucky Height: 7’0         Weight: 206       Projected Position:  PF/C             2012-13 Stats (24 games): 10.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 4.4 bpg, 1.9 tpg (31.9 minutes per game) 59.0 FG%, 52.9 FT%, 58.3 TS% 10.4 OREB%, 22.3 DREB%, 16.8 TREB%, 13.2 BLK%, 17.4 USG% ...

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The NBA Draft is quickly approaching, and there’s been significant talk of what the teams with the top picks will do. It’s been somewhat assumed that the Cleveland Cavaliers – holders of the No. 1 overall pick – would target Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel with the first selection, but Jimmy Smith of The Times-Picayune/ reports that Maryland center Alex Len is the likely...

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The Daily Buzz: Wednesday, June 19

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NBA Mock Draft Update (6/17)

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Nerlens Noel 6’11 215 C Fr Kentucky   2. Orlando Magic : Ben McLemore 6’5 185 SG Fr Kansas   3. Washington Wizards: Otto Porter 6’8 205 SF So Georgetown   4. Charlotte Hornets: Anthony Bennett 6’7 240 SF Fr UNLV   5. Phoenix Suns: Alex Len 7’1 225 C So Maryland   6. New Orleans Pelicans: Trey Burke 6’0 185 PG So Michigan   7. Sacramento Kings...
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