CBSSports.com’s Gary Parrish pegs four former Big Ten stars as lottery picks in his latest mock draft. Parrish predicts Noah Vonleh (Indiana) to go No. 5, Gary Harris (Michigan State) No. 10, Nik Stauskas (Michigan) No. 11 and Adreian Payne (Michigan State) No. 12. See what Parrish says about each player in this post.
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Noah Vonleh, No. 5 (Boston)
Vonleh was the rare bright spot for an all-over-the-place Indiana team. He basically averaged a double-double in 26 minutes per game, and his upside is too good for him to go much lower than this.
Gary Harris, No. 10 (Philadelphia)
Suddenly, if things break this way, the Sixers would have a core of Michael Carter-Williams, Gary Harris, Jabari Parker, Thaddeus Young and Nerlens Noel. That’s intriguing, isn’t it?
Nik Stauskas, No. 11 (Denver)
My colleague, Matt Moore, wrote in his most recent mock draft that the Nuggets need an “aggressive scorer with size on the perimeter.” That sounds like Stauskas to me.
Adreian Payne, No. 12 (Orlando)
It’s rare for juniors who are projected as second-round picks to return to school and become lottery picks. But Payne, who could be a really good pick-and-pop forward, somehow beat the odds.
Parrish also has a handful of Big Ten products going in the second round: LaQuinton Ross (Ohio State) No. 33, Mitch McGary (Michigan) No. 35, Glenn Robinson III (Michigan) No. 37, Devyn Marble (Iowa) No. 46, Keith Appling (Michigan State) No. 50.