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NBA Draft: Prospects to pros

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Nerlens Noel was the No. 1 prospect in the 247Composite a year ago.

Using the NBA Draft Prospect Rankings from CBSSports.com, 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Jerry Meyer takes a look back at the ranking and stock of the projected first round picks for Thursday’s NBA Draft.

1. Nerlens Noel - Kentucky Fr. C 6-10 228

High School Rank: 2012 No. 1 247Composite ranking

As a prospect: Noel was close to a consensus No. 1 with some sites giving the nod to Shabazz Muhammad. Noel is difference-maker on defense and has an underrated offensive game that was under-utilized during his short college career.

2. Trey Burke - Michigan Soph. PG 6-0 190

High School Rank: 2011 No. 93 247Composite ranking

As a prospect: Burke was a physical and tough point guard in high school, but few anticipated his athletic explosiveness and top-level scoring ability he developed in college.

3. Otto Porter - Georgetown Soph. SF 6-8 205

High School Rank: 2011 No. 31 247Composite ranking

As a prospect: Porter was a mystery prospect in high school since he didn't play on the travel team circuit. His one national showing was an underwhelming performance in the Jordan Brand All-Star Game. He had a great college career, but questions about whether he is an alpha player.

4. Ben McLemore - Kansas Fr. SG 6-5 195

High School Rank: 2011 No. 39 247Composite ranking

As a prospect: When McLemore first hit the national scene in the spring of 2010, he was considered a five-star prospect. But in a parallel fashion to what has happened to his draft stock since the end of the season, McLemore's stock slid into the four-star range prior to entering college.

5. Victor Oladipo - Indiana Jr. SG 6-5 214

High School Rank: Unranked in top 100 of Recruiting Services Consensus Index

As a prospect: Oladipo was always a hard-nosed, athletic wing, but his skill level was nowhere near what it developed into during college. He projects as a top-flight complimentary player similar to Kawhi Leonard.

6. Anthony Bennett - UNLV Fr. PF 6-8 240

High School Rank: 2012 No. 6 247Composite ranking

As a prospect: Nothing has changed with the stock of Bennett. As a strong athlete who can score and rebound, he has continued to be viewed as a top-level talent.

7. Cody Zeller - Indiana Soph. PF 7-0 240

High School Rank: 2011 No. 10 247Composite ranking

As a prospect: As with Bennett's stock, Zeller's stock remains on par with his stock in high school. He is a mobile big man who can score.

8. Michael Carter-Williams - Syracuse Soph. PG 6-6 185

High School Rank: 2011 No. 26 247Composite ranking

As a prospect: Carter-Williams was an intriguing prospect because of his length, feel for the game and potential as a point guard. His stock has only gone up as he grew even more in college and established himself as a point guard in the fashion of a Devin Harris.

9. Alex Len – Maryland Soph. C 7-1 225

High School Rank: NR (Native of Ukraine)

10. Kelly Olynyk – Gonzaga Jr. C 7-0 238

High School Rank: NR (Native of Canada)

11. C.J. McCollum - Lehigh Sr. PG 6-3 190

High School Rank: Unranked in top 100 of Recruiting Services Consensus Index

As a prospect: McCollum flew practically completely under the national radar in high school.

12. Shabazz Muhammad - UCLA Fr. SF 6-6 225

High School Rank: 2012 No. 2 247Composite ranking

As a prospect: Muhammad was always considered an elite prospect, but questions did begin to arise towards the end of high school about his athleticism, ball-handling and projected NBA position. Those questions only grew in nature during his college season.

13. Shane Larkin - Miami (Fla.) Soph. PG 5-11 176

High School Rank: 2011 No. 117 247Composite ranking

As a prospect: Larkin didn't have the national exposure that other more highly-ranked point guards had. As with Burke, the industry simply dropped the ball with Larkin's ranking.

14. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - Georgia Soph. SG 6-5 205

High School Rank: 2011 No. 12 247Composite ranking

As a prospect: A rangy shooting guard, Caldwell-Pope was always known for his tough shot-making ability. He didn't receive much acclaim playing at Georgia, but the NBA scouts are seeing in Caldwell-Pope what scouts saw in him in high school.

15. Dennis Schroeder – PG 6-1 180

High School Rank: NR (Native of Germany)

16. Gorgui Dieng - Louisville Jr. C 6-11 245

High School Rank: 2010 No. 69 Recruiting Services Consensus Index

As a prospect: Dieng only exposure in high school was playing in the some of the April all-star games prior to going to Louisville.

17. Mason Plumlee - Duke Sr. C 6-10 235

High School Rank: 2009 No. 18 Recruiting Services Consensus Index

As a prospect: Plumlee is pretty much the player now that he was coming into college. He runs the floor well and is a good leaper. He did develop a running hook shot, but has never been nor is projected to be a scorer.

18. Allen Crabbe - California Jr. SG 6-6 210

High School Rank: 2010 No. 71 Recruiting Services Consensus Index

As a prospect: Crabbe was known as a great shooter, but there were questions about his all-around game, and he didn't get a high level of exposure.

19. Steven Adams - Pittsburgh Fr. C 7-0 250

High School Rank: 2012 No. 5 247Composite ranking

As a prospect: Adams impressed at the adidas Nations events and his play in prep school with his natural, but raw ability when he came to the states. Coming out of New Zealand, Adams has very limited basketball experience and is still learning the structure and nuances of the game. NBA scouts, however, see the upside as did those who scouted him in high school.

20. Tony Mitchell - North Texas Soph. PF 6-8 235

High School Rank: 2010 No. 20 Recruiting Services Consensus Index

As a prospect: Mitchell has always been a raw talent with NBA athleticism and potential. Had he been more established in the travel team circuit, Mitchell likely would have been ranked in the top 10. This scenario closely resembles his college situation.

21. Rudy Gobert – C 7-0 230

High School Rank: NR (Native of France)

22. Reggie Bullock - North Carolina Jr. SG 6-7 205

High School Rank: 2010 No. 15 Recruiting Services Consensus Index

As a prospect: Bullock was view in high school as a developing NBA wing shooter. This view appears to be playing out as expected.

23. Jeff Withey - Kansas Sr. C 7-0 235

High School Rank: 2008 No. 27 Recruiting Services Consensus Index

There were a variety of opinions concerning Withey coming out of high school. Most considered him a fringe-type NBA prospect. During his long stay in college, Withey developed the toughness and defensive prowess to become a first rounder.

24. Isaiah Canaan - Murray State Sr. PG 6-1 195

High School Rank: Unranked in top 100 of Recruiting Services Consensus Index

As a prospect: Even more so than McCollum, Canaan flew under the national radar. The first rumblings concerning Canaan in the south were that he completely outplayed Eric Bledsoe in a regional all star game after their senior seasons.

25. Archie Goodwin - Kentucky Fr. SG 6-4 198

High School Rank: 2012 No. 15 247Composite ranking

As a prospect: Nothing has really changed with Goodwin. In high school he was an athletic talent but didn't have a great feel for the game nor fully utilized his skill set. Flashes of NBA talent came regularly, however.

26. Lorenzo Brown - N.C. State Jr. PG 6-5 186

High School Rank: 2010 No. 56 Recruiting Services Consensus Index

As a prospect: Brown was always a talent but there were questions about his feel for the game and solidity as a point guard and whether or not he can shoot the ball well enough to be a high-level shooting guard.

27. Jamaal Franklin - San Diego State Jr. SG 6-5 205

High School Rank: Unranked in top 100 of Recruiting Services Consensus Index

As a prospect: Franklin belongs in the same category as Larkin as a talented player who had marginal exposure. He also is in the category of Olidipo as a player who greatly improved in college.

28. Ricky Ledo - Providence Fr. SG 6-7 195

High School Rank: 2012 No. 11 247Composite ranking

As a prospect: Ledo has always been an extreme talent who has been dogged by questions about stability off the court. His extreme talent remains and the questions continue to linger.

29. Glen Rice Jr. - Georgia Tech Jr. SF 6-5 206

High School Rank: 2009 No. 91 Recruiting Services Consensus Index

As a prospect: An intriguing prospect because of his unique game and strong bloodlines, Rice Jr. just needed to strengthen his game and improve his shooting. Always a playmaker, it looks like he was under-ranked by the industry.

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