Mar 27, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Washington Huskies guard Terrence Ross (31) moves the ball as Minnesota Golden Gophers guard Joe Coleman (11) defends during the first half of the semifinal round at the NIT held at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

2012 Draft: Top Sleepers In The Draft


We all know that Anthony Davis has a long and promising career ahead of him in the NBA, but there are also a few players that could go later in the draft that should also have a good NBA career.

QUINCY MILLER: Give Miller one more year in college and he is a top-10 draft pick. He has a Kevin Durant-type frame (6-foot-10 and 219 pounds), and has the potential to create matchup problems against opposing small forwards. He also has decent range and the quickness to drive to the basket. Probably the most impressive part of Miller’s game is his mental tough and competitiveness. His stock has been hit hard due to an ACL injury from high school which limited him during his freshman year at Baylor and is still hampering his play during draft workouts. But when it heals he could be the steal of the draft.

DARIUS JOHNSON-ODOM: Johnson-Odom’s biggest downfall is his size, but he makes up for it with his top notch athletic ability and his dynamic scoring punch. He also has great strength for a shooting guard and a very reliable jump shot, which should help him find a spot on an NBA team’s rotation. He is considered one of the most competitive players in this draft and it also doesn’t hurt that some former Marquette guards (Dwyane Wade and Wesley Matthews) have had success in the NBA.

JEFFREY TAYLOR: Taylor is one of the oldest draft prospects in the draft (23 years old), but he also is one that should help right away. He has great size for the small forward position (6-6, 226) and has the potential to be a lock-down defender at the next level. He can combine that with a competitive attitude, a developed NBA game and an ability to shoot a jump shot. He could be a James Pose-type player that does what he needs to do to help his team win.

TERRENCE ROSS: Ross has all the tools to be one of the best players in the draft, but for some reason a lot of mock drafts have him slipping out of the lottery. Ross can shoot from distance and incredible athletic ability. His size alone makes him a force on defense and his quickness up and down the floor is matched by few. During his workout in Denver he compared his game to JR Smith, which makes sense. But his game is much more under control than Smith’s.

TONY WROTEN: Much like his former Washington teammate (Ross), Wroten isn’t getting the love he should from the NBA scouts. Wroten has the passing ability of a point guard and the size of a shooting guard. He also great end to end speed. The biggest knock on him is he can’t shoot the ball, but neither can Rajon Rondo or Tyreke Evans (who both have been compared to Wroten). While Wroten lacks a jump shot, he does have a great first step and is great at driving to the basket or drawing fouls. If Wroten falls to the second round he could be the steal of the draft.

Tags: Darius Johnson-Odom Denver Nuggets J.R. Smith Jeffrey Taylor Kevin Durant Quincy Miller Rajon Rondo Terrence Ross Tony Wroten

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