June 28, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; A general view of the first round draft board at the conclusion of the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

2013 NBA Draft Prospects

For Bobcats fans, it’s never to early to look ahead to the 2013 NBA draft prospects.

Most of the top players haven’t even played a game yet. They just graduated high school.

Shabazz Muhammed, Nerlens Noe, Alex Poythress and Steven Adams all could go in the top 10 next year.

Some of the best players you’ve already had the chance to watch are James McAdoo, Otto Porter, Alex Len, Rakeem Christmas and Adonis Thomas.

You’ve also heard of the best player in next year’s draft, Cody Zeller. He’s the guy all Bobcats fans will be watching when the college basketball season starts.

But, aside from the guys I’ve already mentioned, who are some players to keep your eyes on this March?

First, there’s Tony Mitchell. Those who follow college ball closely or draft prognosticators already know about him. But the rest of us? Probably not.

He’s a 6-8 235 lb. sophomore at North Texas. Last season, he scored 14.7 points per game, grabbed 10.3 rebounds per game and blocked three shots a game. Those aren’t his most impressive stats though; He shot 56 percent from the field and hit threes at a 44 percent clip.

Another season with numbers like those and he’ll probably be a top 10 pick.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is another guy to watch.

He’s a 6-5 200 lb. sophomore guard from the University of Georgia. Last year he scored 13.2 points per game, grabbed 5.2 boards a game and shot threes at a 30 percent clip. He’s expected to improve this year and get his scoring and shooting numbers up higher. He’s one of those super athletic guys and, at least when he was in high school, he had some serious range behind the three point line.

One other guy to keep an eye on is Trevor Mbakwe from Minnesota. I’m not saying he’s going to climb into the top ten, but he’s had a solid career so far, and he could be a guy who gets drafted somewhere between 11 and 20 that ends up playing like a lottery guy.

He’s a 6-8, 237 lb. senior power forward who’s averaged 13.9 points, 1.5 blocks and 10.3 rebounds in his two years of eligibility with the Golden Gophers (he played one year at Marquette before transferring). He shot 60 percent from the floor last year.

Sure the college basketball season is a long way from starting, but there’s never an early enough time to start looking at future NBA players… especially when you’re favorite team is the Charlotte Bobcats.


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