1) Jahlil Okafor, 6-10, C/F, Duke
The model of efficiency, Okafor is money in the bank from 12 feet and in, shooting 66.3 percent from the field. Over 70 percent of Okafor’s shot attempts are at the rim. He must improve his athleticism to compete above the rim on the next level and expand his range another five feet or so.
2) Karl-Anthony Towns, 7-0, F, Kentucky
In just 20.5 minutes per contest, Towns is shooting 56.7 percent and averaging 9.6 points, 6.5 boards and 2.3 blocks. Most importantly, he has shown to be a reliable low-post scoring option utilizing the hook shot and face-up skills.
3) D’Angelo Russell, 6-5, G, Ohio State
The Buckeyes star continues his incredible season, averaging 19 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists. Even with all the defensive attention he commands, he has still managed to shoot 46.1 percent from the field and 42.4 percent beyond the arc.
4) Devin Booker, 6-6, G, Kentucky
Skilled ‘Cat is shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 43 percent from three. He is bouncy with a pure stroke and has developed into a quality perimeter defender. Does he have enough toughness?
5) Justise Winslow, 6-6, G/F, Duke
Ten consecutive games in double figures, eight straight with a made three-pointer and four were double-digit rebounding games. Winslow relies on his strength and slashing ability. His mid-range struggles are worrisome.
6) Stanley Johnson, 6-7, G/F, Arizona
Strong up-tempo slashing wing continues solid play. Shooting 44.9 percent from the field and 34.6 percent beyond the arc. Transition offense, mid-range game and perimeter defense are his strengths.
7) Myles Turner, 6-11, F, Texas
Turner is starting to show consistency on the glass, though his offensive production has been very temperamental. Makes two-thirds of his attempts are at the rim, but he’s only taking 26 percent of his shots from there. High-risk and high-reward pick.
8) Kelly Oubre, 6-7, F, Kansas
In a sequence, the Jayhawk freshman is tantalizing—he will make a three-pointer, pick up a steal and slice to the basket for a left-handed finish. He is a capable rebounder and defender. He shoots 45.3 percent from the floor and 37 percent from three-point territory.
9) Willie Cauley-Stein, 7-0, F, Kentucky
WCS is a defensive game-changer with an uncanny ability to guard all five positions. Offensively, he’s limited to the paint area. He is lottery selection on athleticism, defensive ability and attitude alone.
10) Frank Kaminsky, 6-10, F, Wisconsin
Kaminsky is the nation’s leader in PER (35.4), and he is the favorite to win National Player of the Year. Averaging over 18 points and 8 rebounds per game, shooting 54.9 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from beyond the arc with plenty of defensive attention on him.
11) Kevon Looney, 6-9, F, UCLA
Wiry performer continues strong play hoping to bring Bruins back dancing. Looney is shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 43.2 percent from three. Three-point accuracy has improved as the season progressed but his trips to the charity stripe have decreased.
12) Bobby Portis, 6-11, F, Arkansas
Hometown product has brought excitement back in Fayetteville. Portis is shooting 57 percent from the field, scoring 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest. Range extends to just about the three-point line.