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After Anthony Davis, which player in the 2012 NBA draft has the most pro potential?

May 6, 2012, 2:09 PM EDT

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It’s almost a foregone conclusion that former Kentucky Wildcat Anthony Davis will go first overall in the 2012 NBA draft. But, after him, who has the most pro potential?

Thomas Robinson?

The junior, Robinson, is of a different mold than many near the top of the draft, as he stayed behind older players at Kansas before he got his chance this past season. And he capitalized.

He averaged 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds for a Kansas team that, against many early season projections, made its way to the national championship game, before losing to Kentucky.

Robinson has an NBA-ready body at 6-10, 237, but did not shoot a high percentage in NCAA tournament games when he was challenged on the block.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist?

Kidd-Gilchrist has already been tabbed by many as the most pro-ready player other than Anthony Davis on the 2011-12 Kentucky roster.

He, too, has a pro-ready body for the small forward position and attacks the basket as well or can get out in transition. His athleticism allows him to bring it on both ends of the floor and teams at the high end of the draft could be looking for a player with his base of skills, including Sacramento, New Orleans, or Portland.

Andre Drummond?

Potential continues to be the word surrounding Drummond, who averaged 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds in his freshman season with Connecticut.

Some have gone as far as to say that Drummond “would lose an NBA GM his job,” presumably for being drafted so high and perhaps not producing.

He has the athleticism and he showed the ability to block shots, but questions about his work ethic and maturity have not faded. He still needs to work on his back-to-the-basket game, but is impressive above the rim.

Others: Brad Beal, Florida | Harrison Barnes, North Carolina

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. kingghidora - May 7, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Kidd-Gilchrist seems to have the edge to me. For his position he seems almost ideal except that he needs to work on his long range shooting more. But he gets out on the break as fast as any player in the country and he finds a way to finish that leaves defenders in the dust. He has that instinct that tells him which way to go that will have the opposition turning against their own momentum leaving MKG with the only clear momentum to the hoop. And his defense is stellar. He never slows down or lets up. He always drew the toughest assignment from the point guard to the small forward at UK. He has the quickness and the motor to play defense all night and still be ready to run hard on the break. Players with that level of energy are a real asset to any team. He’s also tough as nails once shoving his shoulder back into it’s socket after a separation without bothering to leave the game even for a second. He’s tough, fast, strong and hard nosed and most of all he only has one speed and it’s Wildcat.

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