Relying on the eyes of his friend, Finch, a name designed to disguise the true identity of six NBA scouts and executives he interviewed, SI.com's Seth Davis provides an update on what the pros think of the current college crop.
While DeJuan Blair's well-rounded game draws rave reviews and Chase Budinger's heart is questioned, the most interesting part may be the evaluation of the nation's top freshmen. Though some wondered at the beginning of the season whether any first-year player would be deemed worthy of a team's investment in June, these evaluators seem ready to pick a few. Here are their thoughts:
Demar DeRozan: "I'd like to see him go back to school, but if he comes out he'll be a lottery pick. Remember, he's only 19 years old. He's done nothing to turn me off."
Tyreke Evans: "He's coming out. If he can really prove he can play point guard, people will look at him in a better light, because as a two guard he can't shoot very well."
Greg Monroe: "Oh, he's my favorite. For me, it's him or Griffin as the top picks from college. His upside is off the charts, and he's probably the most cerebral player in the draft."
Jrue Holiday: "People are getting on Jrue for not having special numbers, but Russell Westbrook's numbers weren't special, either. Watch the games, look at all the things Jrue does on the floor, and you can see he has a chance to be really good."
B.J. Mullens: "He's a no brainer, probably a top five or six pick. He'll come in and get his butt kicked for a couple of years, but he's really skilled. He doesn't rebound well for someone his size, but he's a good bet long-term."
Who is your No. 1 pick? Who has the most potential to improve as a pro? Is Curry a legit point guard prospect?