BTN.com's top 10 Big Ten NBA Draft prospects

Get your popcorn ready, ladies and gentlemen. The 2014 NBA Draft is hours away, and there are a number of Big Ten prospects who will their name called on Thursday night in the Big Apple. Noah Vonleh, Gary Harris and Nik Stauskas are said to be ‘lottery locks,” but lets go ahead and go deeper in the rankings.

The BTN.com team combined their hoops knowledge to bring you our top 10 Big Ten prospects in the NBA Draft.

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1. Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana: This draft is loaded with talented power forwards, but not one of them has the length/wing span of Vonleh. In addition to leading the conference in rebounding last season, Vonleh also has the ability to score both inside and outside, which should only help his draft stock. It would be shocking to see this guy fall out of the top 5 picks in Thursday’s draft.

2. Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan: Arguably the top shooter in this draft, Stauskas is a guy who can come in and contribute right away for an NBA club. His improvement from his freshman to sophomore season shows that his game is still growing, which is something that NBA GM’s love to see. At 6-7, Stauskas has ideal size for an NBA 2-guard and has a cockiness to his game that seems to make him even better.

3. Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State: Harris is one of the most multi-talented players in this year’s NBA Draft class. He is a lights-out shooter from long range, he can create his own shot by driving to the basket, and he makes up for his lack of size with his outstanding defensive instincts.

4. Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State: A 6-10 power forward who can shoot it from NBA 3-point range, Payne is a rare breed in today’s NBA game, and one that is certainly desired. This is a guy who played four years at Michigan State under Tom Izzo and consistently got better every year. Yes, he’s old for NBA rookie standards, but Payne is someone who has the size and skill-set to come in and make an immediate impact.

5. Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan: When it comes to the top athletes in this year’s draft, this guy is certainly near the top of that list. Robinson lacks consistency to his game, which is the main factor holding him back from being a top-1o selection. Once this kid is able to put it all together, watch out. He is a phenomenal talent.

6. Mitch McGary, PF, Michigan: There are plenty of questions surrounding the former Wolverines big man after he missed the majority of the 2013-14 season with a back injury. Although we have only seen a small sample size, we do know that McGary is a big-bodied guy who can run the floor, play defense and rebound at a high level. He is a great value pick for an already established team looking to add a role player late in the first round.

7. Roy Devyn Marble, SG, Iowa: Marble is a solid shooter and has good size, but he needs to add some bulk to his frame if he is going to carve out a role in the NBA. If he can build more strength and continue to work on improving on the defensive end, he has the skill to be a solid role player in the NBA for years to come.

8. LaQuinton Ross, SF, Ohio State: Ross surprised some people when he announced he was bolting early from Ohio State for the NBA. He is a lengthy do-it-all forward who has a nice inside-outside game, but like Robinson, he lacks consistency at times.

9. Keith Appling, PG, Michigan State: A senior guard who is really crafty, Appling is a good value late in the draft. He is a tough kid who has the ability to change speeds and get past people on his way to the rim. Appling dealt with multiple injuries throughout his senior season, which hurts his draft stock, but this kid still has the skill to find a spot on an NBA roster.

10. Aaron Craft, PG, Ohio State: Not a traditional NBA point guard, Craft if limited offensively, but he makes up for that with his toughness and defense. His constant hustle and positive attitude make him a joy to coach, which, along with his high basketball IQ, should help him find a spot on an NBA roster in 2014. A four year player at Ohio State, Craft is a guy who you can’t stand to play against, but would love to play with!

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Ian Waters on 6/25/2014 @ 3:43pm EDT Said:

Devyn, all the way!

Ben on 6/25/2014 @ 5:54pm EDT Said:

Yeah, I’d say the state of Michigan fairs pretty well in draftees….Good to see our state dominate the draft just like it did the big ten….

maryam on 6/25/2014 @ 11:54pm EDT Said:

BTN.com I can’t help but laugh at their analysis of Marble and Craft.
They wrote Marble is a solid shooter and if actually watched his fours years at Iowa, he was a poor shooter every year and the stat back up what I’m saying.
They also wrote Craft should find a spot in 2014 on a NBA roster.
I’m sorry but Craft is not NBA quality and the only roster spot he will be on is a summer league spot.

maryam on 6/26/2014 @ 12:02am EDT Said:

Craft, Ross and Appling will not be drafted.
Craft in four years never improved one bit offensively either shooting the ball or playmaking.
Appling in four years has had more excuses made for him about his game while guys have come after him and left before him for the NBA with better talent.
For the hype coming out of high school, he was average at best at MSU.
Ross has NBA size but the problem I see with him is poor defense, poor passing and no handles dribbling.
However, I can see Ross going overseas. improving and within two years be NBA ready.

Gurndogg on 6/26/2014 @ 11:53am EDT Said:

You always have negative things to say, always putting people down it gets old. Plus I have been reading in many NBA blogs of teams that in workouts Craft’s shooting has been good & not just ones he’s out there by himself but ones with other players. The fact is Craft IS a
play maker he just makes plays especially when he has good play makes with him which he did not last year (thats why it was a bad year) so if you put Craft on a NBA he will do OK
he is not going to shoot the lights out but thats OK if he comes in & plays good Defense an gets the ball to the play makers then he can be a good player for you as your 3rd PG.
Look at it this way he would be like a Eric Snow type player & he played for years in the NBA

maryam on 6/26/2014 @ 2:25pm EDT Said:

Gurngogg, sorry your feelings were hurt but the truth does that.
If you are actually foolish enough to believe the hype on Craft, let me sell you some land.
I judge talent and although Craft is adorable in the media’s eyes, he doesn’t have NBA talent period.
I will tell you to go back all four years he was at OSU and look at the final game each year and those four games sums up his college career-CAN’T SHOOT.
Look at 2011 (Kentucky), 2012 (Kansas), 2013 (Wichita State) and 2014 (Dayton) and in each instance, Craft’s was the weaklink with his poor play.
The first three years OSU was on the brink of championships in two Elite Eights and one Final Four and he hurt thm more than he helped them.

maryam on 6/27/2014 @ 12:17am EDT Said:

I need a job with BTN.com since my opinions turned out better than what they said.
@Gurrdogg, tell me again how impressed teams were with Aaron Craft.
Devyn Marble said he was the best guard in the Big 10 and after four years, teams showed how impressed they were with him by not drafting him.
Can’t shoot!
I said Appling, Ross and Craft would not be drafted because none improved in college.
I said Stauskas was the most NBA ready and should be the first pick.
I also said Gary Harris would slide because his talent doesn’t match his hype.
Can’t wait until I’m hired by th BTN.com.
McGary in just over one year showed more than Appling and Craft in four years each.

maryam on 6/27/2014 @ 1:12am EDT Said:

I was wrong!
I missed Marble at #56 to Orlando.

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