BASN’s NBA Draft Preview

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: June 25, 2008

NBA Draft NY 2008HOUSTON – The 2008 NBA Draft is upon us and this year it is filled with a lot of young freshman and sophomore players.

Memphis State point guard, Derrick Rose is projected as the No. 1 pick in the draft. If he’s selected as the top pick by the Chicago Bulls, he will be playing in his hometown.

“It would be great to play for my home team,” Rose said. “My mother wouldn’t have too far to go to see me play”.

Along with Rose, there are 13 other freshman who could be selected who are projected to be taken in the two rounds of the draft.

The top five picks could possibly be a contingent of freshmen led by Rose, Kansas State’s Michael Beasley, USC’s O.J. Mayo, Arizona’s Jerryd Bayless and UCLA’s Kevin Love.

The top15 picks are as follows (as of Wednesday evening):

1. Chicago Bulls 2. Miami Heat 3. Minnesota Timberwolves 4. Seattle Supersonics 5. Memphis Grizzlies 6. New York Knicks 7. Los Angeles Clippers 8. Milwaukee Bucks 9. Charlotte Hornets 10. New Jersey Nets 11. Indiana Pacers 12. Sacramento Kings 13. Portland Trailblazers 14. Golden State Warriors 15. Phoenix Suns

The Houston Rockets, who exited the first round of the 2008 playoffs by losing to the Utah Jazz, will pick at spot No. 25 and 54, unless they decide to move up.

Here is a look at the top prospects for the 2008 NBA Draft as selected by the Forward Times. The players are listed as follows:

Player Height Pos Class College
Derrick Rose Michael Beasley O.J. Mayo Jerryd Bayless Kevin Love Brook Lopez Brandon Rush D.J. Augustin Eric Gordon Anthony Randolph Kosta Koufos DeAndre Jordan Robin Lopez Mario Chalmers Donte Greene Darrell Arthur C. Douglas Roberts J.J. Hickson Bill Walker Davon Jefferson Joey Dorsey 6-3 6-8 6-4 6-3 6-9 7-0 6-5 5-11 6-3 6-0 7-0 6-11 7-0 6-2 6-9 6-9 6-7 6-9 6-6 6-6 6-7 P-G F G-F PG F C F PG G F C C C G F F G F G F F Fr.

Fr.

Fr.

Fr.

Fr.

So.

Jr.

So.

Fr.

Fr.

Fr.

Fr.

So.

Jr.

Fr.

So.

Jr.

Fr.

Fr.

Fr.

So.

Memphis Kansas St.

USC Arizona UCLA Stanford Kansas Texas Indiana LSU Ohio State Texas A&M Stanford Kansas Syracuse Kansas Memphis N.C. State Kansas St.

USC Memphis