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Ten to Die (or Lose) For
CHRIS MANIX
July 22, 2013
"Tanking [in order to draft higher] happens every year," says one Eastern Conference executive, noting that, "this year it's going to start earlier." Here's the cream of a tantalizing crop
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July 22, 2013

Ten To Die (or Lose) For

"Tanking [in order to draft higher] happens every year," says one Eastern Conference executive, noting that, "this year it's going to start earlier." Here's the cream of a tantalizing crop

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Andrew Harrison G Kentucky freshman

With his size (6'5", 205 pounds) and instincts, this prescient playmaker will put up big assist numbers dishing to his fellow fab freshmen, including his twin, Aaron.

Isaiah Austin C Baylor sophomore

The 7'1" 220-pounder often appeared to be physically overmatched in his first season in Waco, which ended with a torn labrum. Once he shows greater consistency and makes better use of his height, his inside-out talent will rocket him up draft boards.

Mario Hezonja G Croatia

The NBA loves shooters, and Hezonja can hit from anywhere. Couple that with his size (6'6", 200 pounds) and pick-and-roll game, and the 18-year-old is a big-time prospect.

Mitch McGary F Michigan sophomore

He was the breakout star of the 2013 NCAA tournament, averaging 14.3 points and 10.7 rebounds in the Wolverines' run to the final. If the 6'10" bruiser with the soft hands keeps up that pace, he's a lottery lock.

Alex Poythress F Kentucky sophomore

Scouts desperately wanted to see more small-forward skills (ballhandling, perimeter shooting) from him last season. If he develops those, then his size, scoring and rebounding abilities could make him a star.

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