No one even pretends that Mourning and Laettner are not lottery material, but some general manager or player-personnel guy can find a reason to exclude everyone else. But, hey, you gotta have 11 names. Excluding the three juniors, here is SI's early line on the nine players who will follow Mourning and Laettner, in no particular order.
•St. John's Malik Sealy. At 6'8" he's a proven scorer who was born to play the three-spot (small forward) in the NBA.
•UCLA's Don MacLean. Some teams are afraid of his temper and his reputation for selfishness. Others question his quickness and the release on his jumper. But he's 6'10", and the ball frequently goes into the basket when he shoots it. No one questions that.
•Oklahoma State's Byron Houston. Some think his size (6'7") will keep him from being a truly great power forward, his natural position. But he also has more skills than most power forwards.
•Arkansas's Todd Day. He has had several off-the-court scrapes, including his involvement in an alleged sexual assault in a dormitory last February. The charges were dismissed by police, but Day was suspended from the team for a month. There's no doubt that NBA teams pay more attention to those things than they used to. But at 6'8" Day is as good an all-around player as there is in the country.
•Stanford's Adam Keefe. He has the physical attributes (6'9", 230) to be an outstanding power forward.
•North Carolina State's Tom Gugliotta. There's some resistance to this guy because he came so far so fast. But he's a 6'10" rebounder with perimeter skills, and his versatility makes him attractive.
•Notre Dame's LaPhonso Ellis. A 6'9" forward, Ellis has improved dramatically. And what he has shown since former NBA coach John MacLeod arrived as coach is that he is likely to be an even better pro than collegian.
•Maryland's Walt Williams. There's a lot of head-shaking that Williams, like so many point guards in this class (Arkansas's Lee Mayberry, UConn's Chris Smith, Georgia's Litterial Green), lacks the ability to penetrate. But Williams is 6'8", and some see at least Steve Smith of the Heat in this Terrapin, if not Magic Johnson.
•Southern Mississippi's Clarence Weatherspoon. Opponents are keying on this 6'7", 240-pound Wes Unseld type, and his rebounding numbers are down though his scoring is up. A few teams have crossed him off their lottery lists; others have not.