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 Tuesday, May 23
Who could go in the first round
 By Andy Katz

The following is a list of players projected to be selected in the first round (through May 15). The deadline for underclassmen to declare was May 14, and players have until June 21 to remove their names from the draft.

Included is a list of players who need to play well in the Chicago pre-draft camp (June 6-9) or in private workouts to boost their draft stock.

Projected lottery picks

Player Ht. Year School Comment
Courtney Alexander 6-5 Sr. Fresno State Ability to fill it up puts the top scoring guard in the lottery.
Erick Barkley 6-1 Soph. St. John's Seems to be a lock for lottery because of experience at the position. But he's not a slam dunk ahead of Cleaves or Claxton.
Mateen Cleaves 6-2 Sr. Michigan State Any doubters should watch a tape of the national title game.
Marcus Fizer 6-8 Jr. Iowa State The multi-talented junior declared for a reason: to go in the top two.
DerMarr Johnson 6-9 Fr. Cincinnati Versatility, size at guard make him a must in the top 13.
Kenyon Martin 6-8 Sr. Cincinnati Injury aside, he's too dominant inside not to go in the first two picks.
Chris Mihm 7-0 Jr. Texas A sure-fire lottery pick. He'll go in the top five because of his size, soft hands and nimble feet.
Darius Miles 6-9 H.S. East St. Louis, Ill. Versatility and potential puts the St. John's signee in the lottery.
Mike Miller 6-8 Soph. Florida Miller can bank on the lottery because of his versatility.
Jerome Moiso 6-10 Soph. UCLA His athleticism around the post makes him a tantalizing pick.
Morris Peterson 6-6 Sr. Michigan State Proved he could score on his own this season and in the NCAA Tournament.
Joel Przybilla 7-0 Soph. Minnesota Lottery pick. Scouts love his size, shot-blocking and his "upside."
Stromile Swift 6-9 Soph. LSU Lottery lock. Hasn't retained an agent, so he still can pull out.

Other projected first-round picks

Player Ht. Year School Comment
Chris Carrawell 6-6 Sr. Duke Has a legitimate shot of getting into the lottery because of his tenacity around the basket and versatility with the ball.
Craig Claxton 5-11 Sr. Hofstra Improved stock at Phoenix with his true playmaking skills. He could sneak into the lottery if several teams need point guards.
Jason Collier 7-0 Sr. Georgia Tech Not on the same level as Mihm, but he's close, and that keeps him in the first round.
Keyon Dooling 6-3 Soph. Missouri Has the skills to play point in the NBA, with his jump shot, size and speed.
Mark Karcher 6-5 Jr. Temple Good inside toughness and outside shot make him an intriguing pick.
Jamaal Magloire 6-11 Sr. Kentucky Improved play in the post makes him a first-round lock.
Desmond Mason 6-6 Sr. Oklahoma St. Leaping ability, activity and versatility put him smack in the middle of the first round.
Hanno Möttölä 6-9 Sr. Utah Versatile, coachable player who is still in first round despite injuries.
Mamadou N'diaye 7-0 Sr. Auburn Could sneak into lottery with good showing in workouts.
Olumide Oyediji 6-9   Nigeria Should go in the first round after he impressed with 19 points and 13 rebounds in Hoop Summit game.
Quentin Richardson 6-6 Soph. DePaul Scoring, rebounding ability as a guard make him a lock in the first round.
JaRon Rush 6-5 Soph. UCLA Now that he's testing the process, is being a late first-rounder good enough for him?
DeShawn Stevenson 6-5 HS Fresno (Washington Union), Calif. Scouts love his athleticism on the perimeter and his potential. But he's still a suspect shooter, enough so that he could go late in the first or in the second.
Etan Thomas 6-9 Sr. Syracuse Shot-blocking, rebounding ability has him high on scouts' lists.
Iakovos Tsakalidis 7-1 -- Greece He's big and foreign, which means he's a first-round pick.
Hidayet Turkoglu 6-8 -- Turkey Versatility makes him a potential first-round pick.

Need to prove something

Player Ht. Year School Comment
Brian Cardinal 6-8 Sr. Purdue He is what he is, and that's a banging forward who needs to play his way into the first round.
Schea Cotton 6-6 So. Alabama A slasher who needs to prove in Chicago camp that he can score at the NBA level. He'll get drafted for sure and could sneak into first round.
Jamal Crawford 6-6 Fr. Michigan Has the size and quickness to be an NBA point guard but needs to be in Chicago to prove he can shoot well enough to be a first-round pick.
Khalid El-Amin 5-10 Jr. UConn Scouts love leadership and toughness, but his weight and conditioning could push him into the second round.
A.J. Guyton 6-1 Sr. Indiana Scouts still question if he can play the point, but he's enough of a scorer that he could go in the middle to late first round, or fall to the second.
Donnell Harvey 6-8 Fr. Florida Power forward with decent rebounding skills but limitations offensively is a marginal first-round prospect.
Johnny Hemsley 6-5 Sr. Miami (Fla.) He can score, but ballhandling at the shooting guard and defense may push him to the second round.
Cory Hightower 6-8 Jr. Indian Hills (Iowa) CC Big-time scorer who could be a surprise first-round pick because of his athleticism and activity around the basket.
Eddie House 6-1 Sr. Arizona St. The point guard debate (can he play it or not) could push him to the second round.
Jason Kapono 6-6 Fr. UCLA Open-court shooter, but lack of quickness and defensively ability hurt his stock. Once limitations are exposed, he becomes a candidate to return to school.
Dan Langhi 6-11 Sr. Vanderbilt Status fluctuating after his inability to stand out in Phoenix. But he still has first-round potential.
Justin Love 6-2 Sr. Saint Louis Scouts loved his quickness and scoring mentality, but he's still a small shooting guard trying to play the point.
Mark Madsen 6-8 Sr. Stanford Rebounded and scored well in Phoenix. Works hard and may be a first-round pick. If he's not, he'll make a team because of his work ethic and ability to be coached.
Dan McClintock 7-0 Sr. No. Arizona A chance first-rounder if he finds a team that likes his size and ability to shoot from the perimeter. Has helped himself.
Pete Mickeal 6-6 Sr. Cincinnati An athletic, defensive specialist who could sneak into the first round with a strong showing in Chicago.
Scoonie Penn 5-10 Sr. Ohio State Phoenix pushed him behind Claxton but his leadership could keep him in the first round. But he'll go late.
Lavor Postell 6-6 Sr. St. John's He should be in the top 40 picks, but his size (more of a 6-4 guard) scares some scouts.
Michael Redd 6-6 Jr. Ohio State Borderline first-round pick. Decent scorer but has been streaky. Could be hurt by missing Chicago camp.
Jeryl Sasser 6-7 Jr. SMU Testing the draft process but could sneak into the first round because of his versatility at point and shooting guard. Rebounds like a forward.
Karim Shabazz 7-2 Jr. Providence Has the height to be a first-rounder, but not the skills. His best bet is to get beat up in Chicago and realize he's not ready for the NBA.
Jabari Smith 6-11 Sr. LSU Didn't stand out enough in Phoenix. But size still matters, and Smith has a chance to stay in first round.


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