Each Wednesday, we’ll be assessing how the top prospects of the 2013 NBA Draft are faring in draft evaulations. Stick with us each week for assorted thoughts, including the biggest risers and fallers, the standouts, the sleepers and what we know and don’t know about the next NBA Draft class…
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With just eight days before the 2013 NBA Draft, teams are getting in their final group workouts, having select prospects in for second visits for individual interviews, and getting prepared for the big day. There are lots of rumors, drama, and smokescreens to sift through this week, which is par for the course.
Here is the NBA Draft Fast Five.
ONE: What Do We Know?
The international early withdrawal date came and went this past Monday (June 17) and there were a few prospects that decided to stay overseas, thus removing their names from the 2013 NBA Draft. Overall the concept of calling this an “early withdrawal” is funny in and of itself, seeing how the college athletes had to make a decision about two months ago.
Dario Saric (Croatia), Mouhammadou Jaiteh (France), and Norvel Pelle (LA City Prep) were the draftable names that elected to withdraw their names from the draft.
Of those three, only Saric was a potential lottery pick with top-five talent, while Jaiteh and Pelle were late second-round projects. The draft loses a little depth, but is not fatally injured with these prospects removing their names from the draft. The international class is still very strong with Rudy Gobert (France), Dennis Schroeder (Germany), Sergey Karasev (Russia), and Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece) all as locks for the first round.