NBA Draft 2012: Later-Risers Who Will Carve out Meaningful Careers

May 8th, 2012 by Richard Langford Leave a reply »
During this past college season, the following players weren't getting a ton of draft hype. That buzz is building, and it is building for good reason. These guys have the game to make a serious impact on the next level. 

For the most part, these guys slid under the radar—their respective schools were either too small or not successful enough to put them in the spotlight—but as scouts and others really begin to break down their game, their potential becomes obvious. 


Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State

Lillard is the best point guard in this draft. He is a solid floor general and a great scorer. Lillard has all of the physical tools. 

He is athletic, quick and at 6'2", is a solid size for the position. He also has a silky-smooth shooting stroke and the ability to get into the lane. 

Last season, he averaged 24.5 points per game while shooting 46.7 percent from the field. He is an efficient scorer, and with the point guard position becoming more and more valuable, it is hard to see him not being a lottery pick. He will prove to be well worth it. 


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