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.

Thomas Beisner

TJ is an Anchor for Spectrum News. You can catch his work on KSTV, the only nightly show in the state focusing on UK Sports. When it comes to UK Basketball, TJ covers recruiting, the NCAA tournament and everything in between. During March TJ probably sees the players more than he sees his family but he’s able to provide Spectrum News viewers the unique insight that only a lifelong fan can give. He’s also taken on several special programs including “Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story.” KSTV airs weeknights at 7:30 and 11pm on Spectrum News or watch it anytime with Spectrum On Demand. You can also catch podcasts of the show as well as bonus podcasts, just find KSTV on Itunes. For the latest on everything going on with UK Athletics, recruiting or if you just need some hilarious parenting anecdotes follow TJ on Twitter @tjbeisner.

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