(Sporting Alert) — The following are the confirmed 13 players named by the National Basketball Association (NBA) who have been invited to the 2013 NBA Draft’s Green Room.
Amongst the players that have been entered in the draft and expected to be high on the list of pickers are Trey Burke, the national player of the year, who had a very impressive run with Michigan during the March Madness tournament and Cody Zeller of Indiana, who according to reports, is high on the list of several teams.
It is also believed that the Cleveland Cavaliers, who get the first draft pick, are looking at Kentucky freshman center Nerlens Noel, while Zeller’s teammate Victor Oladipo, who leaves as a junior, is strong on the shopping list of the Phoenix Suns – looking to build another solid team for the future.
Philadelphia 76ers, reports claim will be looking to select Zeller on their turn to pick.
Meanwhile, ESPN’s College basketball analyst Jay Bilas doesn’t believe this year’s NBA draft has a real superstar.
At the same time, Bilas reserved praises for Oladipo, who is regarded by many as perhaps the safest pick.
“One thing I’ll say is Victor Oladipo will not fail in the league,” he said. “If you ask, what will he not be successful with in this league, there’s none for Oladipo.
“He’s the safe pick because he’s going to come in, help your culture and make an impact. He’s a really tremendous defensive player. I think he deserves to be considered for No.1. I’d also consider Otto Porter, who’s the most complete player in this draft.”
Bilas also thinks Ben McLemore (Kansas) is also one of the top men.
Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards, Charlotte Bobcats and Phoenix Suns completes the top five teams picking.
Some of the players in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Steven Adams (Pittsburgh)
Anthony Bennett (UNLV)
Trey Burke (Michigan)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia)
Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse)
Sergey Karasev (Russia)
Alex Len (Maryland)
C.J. McCollum (Lehigh)
Ben McLemore (Kansas)
Nerlens Noel (Kentucky)
Victor Oladipo (Indiana)
Otto Porter (Georgetown)
Cody Zeller (Indiana)