Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Time to Draft

You may be curious as to why I'm talking about the NBA. Didn't the season just end? Well, yes, it did, but that doesn't mean everything basketball is done with. The 2011 NBA Draft will begin tomorrow, with teams keeping their fingers crossed that they not only score some raw talent but that the looming lockout stays far away as well.

Basketball is not an easy thing to keep track of and getting lost in the shuffle of endless teams and players is nothing to be ashamed of. That's why I'm going to make checking out some future NBA stars pretty brainless on your end. Here are 10 of the most talked about babes heading into the draft tomorrow...

1. Kyrie Irving, Duke
Irving is an Australian-American basketball star who is bypassing his final three years of college for the big leagues.

photo via The Locker Room

2. Derrick Williams, Arizona
Williams originally signed with USC but then changed his mind and moved over to AZ. He was the Pac-10 Player of the Year this season.

photo via Big Lead Sports

3. Brandon Knight, Kentucky
 This Florida-native frosh spent only one year playing college ball before declaring for the NBA draft.

photo via Bleacher Report

4. Enes Kanter, Turkey 
Due to receiving cash benefits, this 6'11" Turkish star is ineligible to play basketball in college and declared for the draft.

photo via World News Blog

5. Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania 
I have no idea how to pronounce this dude's last name or the team he plays for in Lithuania (Lietuvos Rytas), but I do know he's a top draft pick.

photo via Fiba

6. Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State
 In high school this SDSU star was named "Mr. Basketball California". His father was shot and killed at a car wash in 2008.

photo via Fox Sports

7. Kemba Walker, UConn
Walker was born in the Bronx and is not only an amazing baller but a dancer and sociology major as well.

photo via Every Joe

8. Jan Vesely, Czech Republic
 The 6'11" Czech star is part of a family full of talented athletes. His father played basketball, his mother played volleyball and his sister is also a bball player.

9. Bismack Biyombo, Congo 
Nicknamed "B-Smack", this Congolese stud was discovered at the age of 16 and plays in the Spanish ACB League.

10. Jimmer Fredette, BYU
This Mormon baller has acquired a hefty sum of awards throughout his career and actually played out all four of his college years.

photo via Fire Rick Reilly

If you haven't already, make some bets on who will go in the top 10 with your guy (or lady) friends. Enjoy draft day!

And do yourself a favor and check out this awesome take on the draft. 

Cosmo Clue:
The 2011 NBA Draft starts tomorrow.

Find out more about the actual draft here.

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