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2013 NBA Mock Draft: Setting the stage

by | College Basketball Insider
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Indiana's Cody Zeller could follow Anthony Davis as the next No. 1 overall pick. (US Presswire)  
Indiana's Cody Zeller could follow Anthony Davis as the next No. 1 overall pick. (US Presswire)  

Some have gone with Nerlens Noel, others have projected fellow freshman Shabazz Muhammad. Not us. Instead, we've decided to go with a skilled big man who can do virtually everything -- Indiana sophomore big man Cody Zeller.

The youngest of the trio of Zeller brothers sits atop our 2013 Mock Draft and NBA Draft Top 101 while we have Muhammad lower than just about everyone else. We're not quite buying into the hype of a big, strong wing who isn't an exceptional athlete -- or a lights-out shooter. Instead, size dominates the top spots in our mock draft.

It's yet again a weak point guard crop -- with an underrated big floor leader cracking the lottery -- but it won't be nearly as lackluster on the European front. In fact, don't be surprised if a handful of imports crack the first round on June 27, 2013.

We've seen as many of these kids in person as anyone else, whether it's in the AAU or in college. We've watched no shortage of tape, talked to NBA personnel and college coaches. Check here throughout the season for continuous updates.

2012-13 NBA Mock Draft
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1  Cody Zeller, 7-0, 240, C, Soph.,
Indiana
31  Pierre Jackson, 5-10, 180, PG, Sr.,
Baylor
2  Nerlens Noel, 6-10, 228, C, Fr.,
Kentucky
32  Gorgui Dieng, 6-11, 245, C, Jr.,
Louisville
3  James Michael McAdoo, 6-9, 230, PF, Soph.,
North Carolina
33  Michael Carter-Williams, 6-6, 185, PG/SG, Soph.,
Syracuse
4  Rudy Gobert, 7-0, 230, PF/C, 20,
France
34  Rakeem Christmas, 6-9, 240, C, Soph.,
Syracuse
5  Alex Poythress, 6-7, 239, PF, Fr.,
Kentucky
35  Deshaun Thomas, 6-7, 215, SF/PF, Jr.,
Ohio State
6  Shabazz Muhammad, 6-6, 225, SG, Fr.,
UCLA
36  Patric Young, 6-9, 249, PF/C, Jr.,
Florida
7  Isaiah Austin, 7-1, 220, C, Fr.,
Baylor
37  Kaleb Tarczewski, 7-0, 245, C, Fr.,
Arizona
8  Tony Mitchell, 6-8, 235, PF, Soph.,
North Texas
38  Doug McDermott, 6-8, 225, PF, Jr.
Creighton
9  Adonis Thomas, 6-7, 240, SF, Soph.,
Memphis
39  Trey Burke, 6-0, 190, PG, Soph.,
Michigan
10  Lorenzo Brown, 6-5, 185, PG, Jr.,
N.C. State
40  Christian Watford, 6-9, 232, PF/SF, Sr.,
Indiana
11  Alex Len, 7-1, 225, C, Soph.,
Maryland
41  Aaric Murray, 6-10, 245, C, Jr.,
West Virginia
12  Archie Goodwin, 6-4, 198, SG, Fr.,
Kentucky
42  LaQuinton Ross, 6-8, 220, SF, Soph.,
Ohio State
13  Steven Adams, 7-0, 250, C, Fr.,
Pittsburgh
43  Mike Moser, 6-8, 210, PF, Jr.,
UNLV
14  Dario Saric, 6-10, 225, SF, 20,
Croatia
44  Phil Pressey, 5-11, 175, PG, Jr.,
Missouri
15  Ben McLemore, 6-5, 195, SG, Fr.,
Kansas
45  Trevor Mbakwe, 6-8, 245, PF, Sr.,
Minnesota
16  Le'Bryan Nash, 6-7, 230, SF, Soph.,
Oklahoma State
46  Michael Snaer, 6-5, 202, SG, Sr.,
Florida State
17  Anthony Bennett, 6-8, 240, PF, Fr.,
UNLV
47  Marcus Smart, 6-4, 225, SG/PG, Fr.,
Oklahoma State
18  Otto Porter, 6-8, 205, SF, Soph.,
Georgetown
48  Rodney Purvis, 6-4, 190, SG, Fr.,
N.C. State
19  C.J. Leslie, 6-9, 200, PF, Jr.,
N.C. State
49  Przemek Karnowski, 7-1, 280, C, Fr.,
Gonzaga
20  B.J. Young, 6-3, 180, SG/PG, Soph.,
Arkansas
50  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, 6-5, 200, SG, Soph.,
Georgia
21  Jeff Withey, 7-0, 235, C, Sr.,
Kansas
51  Jarnell Stokes, 6-8, 270, PF, Soph.,
Tennessee
22  Willie Cauley-Stein, 7-0, 220, C, Fr.,
Kentucky
52  Erik Murphy, 6-10, 238, PF, Sr.,
Florida
23  Alex Abrines, 6-5, 190, SG, 19,
Spain
53  Myck Kabongo, 6-1, 180, PG, Soph.,
Texas
24  Mason Plumlee, 6-10, 235, PF, Sr.,
Duke
54  Brandon Ashley, 6-8, 200, PF, Fr.,
Arizona
25  Isaiah Canaan, 6-1, 195, PG/SG, Sr.,
Murray State
55  Adreian Payne, 6-10, 230, PF, Jr.,
Michigan State
26  C.J. McCollum, 6-3, 185, SG, Sr.,
Lehigh
56  Sergey Karasev, 6-7, 205, SF, 19,
Russia
27  Andre Roberson, 6-7, 210, BF, Jr.,
Colorado
57  Khem Birch, 6-9, 240, C, Soph.,
UNLV
28  Kyle Anderson, 6-9, 235, SF/PG, Fr.,
UCLA
58  Alex Oriakhi, 6-9, 255, PF, Sr.,
Missouri
29  Grant Jerrett, 6-10, 220, PF, Fr.,
Arizona
59  Wayne Blackshear, 6-5, 230, SG/SF, Soph.,
Louisville
30  Jamaal Franklin, 6-5, 195, SG, Jr.,
San Diego State
60  Alec Brown, 7-1, 225, C, Jr.,
Green Bay
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