Yes, the NFL draft gets all the attention. Why shouldn’t it? It’s a three day spectacle that has pundits and fans alike going ga-ga for months. Average Joe’s pour over data and statistics of players they have never heard of from schools they have never heard of. They read dozens and dozens of mock drafts. On draft day, if ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. says on television the sixth round offensive guard from Southeast Missouri State is a solid pick, then it is time to text your buddy that your team just got a steal. Because if Kiper says it is true, it must be.
Let us be honest though, unless you are the most hardcore of hardcore college football fans, or do not have a day job, you do not have time to familiarize yourself with the draft pool past the first few rounds.
This is why the NBA draft has always been the best and most fun draft. It is only two rounds long and takes one day to complete (I am looking at you NFL). What also makes it fun is that we usually know who the players are. There is rarely any of that “wait who did we just take” mantra that is associated with the NFL, NHL and MLB drafts.
The 2012 NBA draft is a little more than two months away. We have all heard of the big names. Kentucky’s Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kansas’ Thomas Robinson, and North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes. We know who most of the players that will shake David Stern‘s hand are, but that does not mean there are not several players we may not know too much about.
These are 10 players you probably have not heard enough of, but you should know who they are. Why? These 10 have the talent to become very good players in the league one day. This is not a definitive top-10 list, but rather a look at 10 players not getting enough recognition.