The draft's still a ways away, and we're still analyzing how our current players did before looking ahead. But it can't hurt to look at who we might pick up. Here are some names that various mocks project to go around the 27th pick:
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#32 / G / Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
6-5 Initial Reaction: A guard with the ability to create his own
200 shot. Lacks JuJu's raw athleticism but could be next Mo-
22 Pete. Great perimeter shooter, the "perfect" role player.
#?? / C / Australia (Cairns Taipans)
6-10 Initial Reaction: Called "Baby Shaq" by many, realistically
282 the next coming of Erick Dampier (which isn't a bad
21 thing). NBA ready body, could be perfect back-up big.
#5 / G / North Carolina Tar Heels
5-11 Initial Reaction: Played for a powerhouse college,
193 arguably the 2nd best "pure" 1 in the draft. Could be
20 the CP3 backup of the future, but can't D up like Pargo.
#35 / F / Alabama Crimson Tide
6-8 Initial reaction: Chiseled 253 frame, very similar in
253 style to Paul Millsap... or Brandon Bass. Big on boards,
21 strong finisher, awkward shooter, suspect defender.
#25 / G / Kansas Jayhawks
6-6 Initial reaction: A strong, slashing guard that also
210 plays the 3. Rush is good, but honestly I will be mad if
22 he is the pick- he is a poor man's Julian Wright.
#12 / F / Kansas St. Wildcats
6-6 Initial reaction: Another slashing type SG/SF, but
220 Walker also has tremendous shooting ability. A
22 teammate of M. Beasley, he's also a great defender.
#?? / F/C / Congo (CB L'Hospitalet)
6-10 Initial reaction: A definite project pick. He is a typical
220 "Spurs' pick"- stash him overseas for a few years.
18 Hits 3's, blocks shots, could be a beast in 2-3 years.
#34 / Forward / Florida Gators
6-10 Initial reaction: New O would be lucky to have him
250 drop this far; if available, definite pick. Great body,
21 jump hook, offensive rebounder... pray for this guy.
#31 / Center / Ohio St. Buckeyes
7-0 Initial reaction: Ranked 2nd among centers on many
265 draft boards, very young, 3-pt range, true defensive
19 center. Not gifted athletically, struggles to finish.