Nerlens Still Tops ESPN's NBA Draft Big Board

01/16/2013 11:27 AM

ESPN’s Chad Ford released the latest edition of his “Big Board”, which ranks prospects likely bound for the NBA after the season. UK freshman Nerlens Noel, who has stuffed the stat sheet the last few weeks, tops the list as Ford’s best overall prospect. Three other Cats (Archie Goodwin at #10, Alex Poythress at #11 and Willie Cauley-Stein at #24) also factor into the list.

The continued presence of Goodwin and Poythress in or near the top ten is a testament to both players’ long-term potential, as well as the perceived lack of sure-fire picks in this year’s draft.

After scoring 20 or more points in four of his first five games to go with 7.4 rebounds, Poythress has averaged 10.8 points and 6 rebounds as he’s struggled to define his role within the team. Goodwin, meanwhile, has looked frustrated since SEC play began, shooting only 32% from the field.

Be sure to watch KSTV tonight as Thomas Beisner and WTVQ’s Alex Risen discuss the rankings and on Thursday when Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony discusses how each player’s season has impacted the way NBA general managers view them.


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