Predicting which college players will be successful pros has always been an inexact science. In 1992, for example, three members of NCAA champion Arizona—David Berganio, Harry Rudolph and Manny Zerman—were seen as can't-miss prospects, and no one thought their teammate Jim Furyk had a chance. Nevertheless, because many experts feel this year's talent pool is the deepest ever, here are the 10 players most likely to succeed.
1. Paul Casey, Jr., Arizona State. RESUME: Six victories. Won '99 English Amateur. Was 4-0 for Great Britain and Ireland in '99 Walker Cup. THE SKINNY: Casey shot an NCAA-record 60 at last year's Pac-10 Championships and this year won his third straight conference title. If he maintains his scoring average (69.57) at this week's NCAAs, he will set the collegiate single-season record.
2. Charles Howell, Jr., Oklahoma State. RESUME: Four victories. THE SKINNY: Howell's 69.97 average this year is a school record at a place that has been a factory for Tour players. He's extremely long because he has Tiger Woods-like clubhead speed.
3. Luke Donald, Jr., Northwestern. RESUME: Nine victories, including '99 NCAA individual title. Was 4-0 at the Walker Cup, with two victories pairing with Casey. THE SKINNY: He has the most consistent and controlled game in the college ranks. Average off the tee, Donald is exceptional with his irons. He never beats himself. Intends to come back for his senior year.
4. Bryce Molder, Jr., Georgia Tech. RESUME: Five victories, including this year's ACC Championship. THE SKINNY: Born with a left hand that's smaller than the right, Molder has a swing that is hardly a classic but is powerful and repeatable. His short game is exceptional. He makes excellent decisions on the course.
5. Jess Daley, Sr., Northwestern. RESUME: Two victories. THE SKINNY: A 6'6", 205-pounder with a powerful game, Daley needs to work on his putting and become more accurate off the tee, but his size and strength will give him an advantage as a pro.
6. Edward Loar, Sr., Oklahoma State. RESUME: Five victories. THE SKINNY: He's also a big hitter with a pro-style game. A lefthander, Loar tends to spray the ball off the tee but is an exceptional wedge player and a putter who can recover.
7. David Gossett, Soph., Texas. RESUME: Five victories, including '99 U.S. Amateur. THE SKINNY: A disciplined player, Gossett is wonderful around the greens, as he demonstrated at Pebble Beach during the Amateur. Larry Gossett is very involved in his son's career, which is not seen as a positive by some.
8. Lucas Glover, Jr., Clemson. RESUME: Two victories. THE SKINNY: Glover's grandfather played pro football, and his father was a professional baseball player. A big hitter, Glover makes birdies in bunches. Some wonder if he has the patience to adjust to the week-to-week grind of the Tour.
9. Matt Kuchar, Sr., Georgia Tech. RESUME: Eight victories, including '97 U.S. Amateur. THE SKINNY: Not a great ball striker, Kuchar has a knack for getting the ball into the hole. He still hasn't decided whether to turn pro and could surprise everyone by becoming that rarest of animals—a gentleman amateur.