June 9th, 2011 12:24 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Tags: Florida Chandler Parsons, SEC, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards
The latest mock NBA draft from DraftExpress.com isn’t exactly chock-full of ex-SEC players in the first round. In fact, only three players from SEC schools are projected in that round and only two of those chaps actually suited up for their schools last season:
* Former Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight has risen all the way to #3 on the site’s list. He is projected to be headed to the Utah Jazz.
* UK’s Enes Kanter — the European center who was never cleared to play for the Wildcats — is expected to go #6 overall to the Washington Wizards.
* And Tennessee forward Tobias Harris has slipped a bit down to #18. He also is expected to be selected by the Wizards (and GM Ernie Grunfeld, himself a former Vol).
That’s it for the first round, folks. And things don’t get much better in the second round.
Travis Leslie and Trey Thompkins of Georgia have seen their stock drop. Leslie is projected in the 9th spot of Round Two to the Charlotte Bobcats and Thompkins is expected to land with the LA Lakers with the 11th pick.
Florida’s Chandler Parsons is ticketed to the Indiana Pacers with the 12th pick of the second round, followed by Tennessee’s Scotty Hopson at #26 (also to the Lakers).
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