The Top 30 NBA Prospects In The 2012-2013 Rookie Class

By: 08.10.12
Moe Harkless

Moe Harkless (photo. St. John's University Athletic Communications)

21. Jeffery Taylor
6-7, 213 lbs. SF – Vanderbilt, Sr.
Wings do not come more athletic and ready to compete on the defensive end than Taylor. It was a roller coaster of a four-year career in college, but he leaves school smarter, stronger, and a better shooter than he came in.

22. Royce White
6-8, 260 lbs. PF – Iowa State, So.
It is a scary image for any defender when a 6-8, 260-pound forward comes barreling at you on a fast break like White can do. That is a feat usually reserved for the likes of LeBron James, but as a power forward, White can do just the same with great athleticism, strength, and playmaking ability.

23. Quincy Miller
6-9, 219 lbs. SF – Baylor, Fr.
His great high school career ended with an unfortunate injury that seemed to linger all year. Miller is unconventional, a long guard with the ability to handle the ball and shoot from the outside.

24. Moe Harkless
6-8, 207 lbs. SF – St. John’s, Fr.
Harkless is not a finished product and is maybe leaving school a year early, but either way he is a very versatile wing that can play multiple positions and even some point forward running the offense.

25. Evan Fournier
6-7, 206 lbs. SG – France, 1992
Fournier is easily the best international prospect. And for good reason. Fournier is a smooth slashing wing that gets baskets in many different ways on the court.

26. Doron Lamb
6-4, 199 lbs. SG – Kentucky, So.
In two years with Kentucky, Lamb is as experienced playing with NBA players as everyone currently on the Charlotte Bobcats roster. He is an elite three-point shooter and has shown the ability to play a little point guard.

27. Scott Machado
6-1, 205 lbs. PG – Iona, Sr.
Machado spent four years at Iona making history and setting up teammates for easy baskets. The argument can be made that he is the best point guard in this draft and has come a long way as a scorer and defender.

28. Marquis Teague
6-1, 180 lbs. PG – Kentucky, Fr.
It is a point guard’s league, so the up-and-down season Teague just had means very little for his career going forward. He has elite speed that allows him to get separation and score the ball in transition.

29. Fab Melo
7-0, 255 lbs. C – Syracuse, So.
Melo is still a project at center, but a 7-foot project who can control the game on the defensive end. He does not need a single play called for him to make his presence felt with blocks and rebounding.

30. Festus Ezeli
6-11, 264 lbs. C – Vanderbilt, Sr.
Ezeli is a tough, tough interior defender that protects the paint with authority. He has great strength and does not mind doing the dirty work for his team.

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