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1) Derrick Williams- SF- 6'9" 248 lbs. (Arizona)
Williams took the NCAA by storm in '10-'11, improving on some very impressive numbers from his freshman season. He shot the ball exceptionally well from the outside (56.8%) while averaging 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. He is a tremendous athlete who consistently plays with more energy than anyone else on the floor. He may be the #2 or even #3 pick, but his upside is as high as anyone's in this draft.

2) Kyrie Irving- PG- 6'9" 248 lbs. (Arizona)
Irving has franchise point guard written all over him. He entered Duke last year with all the hype in the world and handled it admirably. In his first 8 games, Irving showed all the skills that you look for in a lead guard- he scored, distributed, defended, and most importantly, made his teammates better. (Want proof? Check out Mason Plumlee's stats. In 11 games with Irving, Plumlee reached double figures 5 times. In 26 games without him, he also reached double figures 5 times.)

3) Enes Kanter- C- 6'11" 259 lbs. (Turkey)
Kanter is somewhat of an unknown commodity after not playing competitively all season. Kanter practiced with the University of Kentucky, and according to head coach John Calipari, Kanter was the best player "on" the team. He has great size and can play inside or outside, making him a very versatile and dangerous player in any system. If Kanter had played regularly this season, there's a real chance he would go at #1 instead of Irving.

4) Kemba Walker- PG- 6'1” 184 lbs. (Connecticut)
Walker is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get type of prospect. His ceiling isn't spectacular, but he's considered more of a sure thing. He'll be able to score regularly at the next level and will be a productive rotation member from day one. If he finds the right fit, Walker has a chance to be something really special.

5) Brandon Knight- PG- 6'3” 177 lbs. (Kentucky)
When Harrison Barnes, Jared Sullinger, Perry Jones, Terrence Jones, and several other top tier prospects dropped out of the draft, no one gained more than Knight. Not truly a top 5 pick, Knight will almost surely land there basically by default. His jump shot is inconsistent and his point guard skills are far from a sure thing, but he has great size and I love his intangibles.
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