The 2013 college season was an interesting one – and I say this from experience because I personally scouted over a hundred college games last year. In fact, between me and the NetScouts Basketball team, we have viewed live every single 2013 NBA Draft prospect.
It was an interesting season because many highly rated prospects elected to opt out of this year’s selection process, and return to school. Isaiah Austin (Baylor), Doug McDermott (Creighton), Russ Smith (Louisville), Alex Poythress (Kentucky), Patric Young (Florida) and Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) – who NetScouts Basketball rated as a Top 5 prospect — are all heading back to class. On the other hand, several players unexpectedly put themselves in the running: Grant Jerrett (Arizona), Ricky Ledo (Providence) and Shane Larkin (Miami).
It’s also important to consider the impact of players from other countries on the draft. I recently attended the Nike Hoop Summit and watched the World team top the USA – which leads me to believe that this will be a good year for international prospects.
So, who should be the #1 pick? Should Nerlens Noel be drafted high despite his injury? Which international players will surprise us all? I’ll be in the discussion section below to answer these questions (and more), so ask away!
Deadspin's Better State of Living Conversation Series is brought to you with the assistance of State Farm®. Today, Carl Berman, Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball (the largest basketball scouting service in the world), is here to talk about the upcoming 2013 NBA draft, and what these choices will mean for fans next season.