Before we get to the mock drafts, let’s consider the Big Ten products most likely to be selected. Here they are, and in order:
1. Illinois’ Meyers Leonard
2. Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger
3. Michigan State’s Draymond Green
4. Ohio State’s William Buford
5. Purdue’s Robbie Hummel
6. Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor
7. Northwestern’s John Shurna
The top four guys, it seems, will be taken at some point Thursday. Hummel is the most interesting case here. Will a team take a gamble on the oft-injured but talented ex-Boiler? Back to the top of the list: Leonard’s stock is rising entering the draft, while Sullinger’s is going the opposite direction due to back and hamstring issues.
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And now for the mock drafts:
- ESPN.com (Insider)
- ESPN.com (Vitatle)
The 2012 NBA Draft will start at 7 p.m. ET Thursday on ESPN.