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Triangle talent projected for late first round

Posted May 23, 2013

University of North Carolina guard Reggie Bullock is a borderline first-round pick according to Jonathan Wasserman, NBA Draft expert from The Bleacher Report.

“We’ll find out in about four weeks if he made the right decision," Wasserman said while joining Mark Thomas and Mike Maniscalco on 620 The Buzz Thursday morning.

Wasserman thinks that Bullock is “definitely right on the border” of becoming a first rounder. He considered Bullock as one of the top shooters at the NBA Combine and a potential quality role player at the NBA level.

North Carolina State’s CJ Leslie and Lorenzo Brown decided to enter the draft a year early and are projected by many to be taken in the late first or early second rounds. Wasserman said, “CJ Leslie really helped himself [at the combine] by testing number one on the agility drill.”

Before the NBA Combine, Wasserman projected Leslie to be drafted in the second round, but thinks “he is a fringe first-rounder." 

"I think that’s important for him because he is trying to prove that he can play small forward at the next level," Wasserman said.

Wasserman said Lorenzo Brown will be considered near the end of the first round by playoff teams that need a back-up point guard. He called Brown, “A 6-foot-5 and athletic, pass-first guy.”

Wasserman believes that Mason Plumlee of Duke will be the first player drafted among the Triangle area teams. He called Plumlee, “a safe play” and projected him at the 12th pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Wasserman said that there isn’t a player in the 2013 NBA Draft that “I wouldn’t build around but build with.”

The Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2013 Draft Lottery on Tuesday with only a 15.6 percent chance to obtain the No. 1 pick. He said “obviously Cleveland is going to have a few options to look at and will start with Nerlens Noel.”

Noel is the regarded by many to be the top prospect in the draft but suffered an ACL tear in February.

“Ben McLemore has big time upside down the road, but not necessarily NBA ready and the third option is to trade down” said Wasserman.

The 2013 NBA Draft will take place June 27 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.



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  • Toddler10-21 May 23, 2013

    Can you imagine howell with Miami? Rebounding is there only weakness. Plumlee will fit in with OKC. I agree Hokie. Perkins, and Thabeet cant score.

  • Capitals Fan May 23, 2013

    What about Howell? I think he will have the best NBA career of all of them. Howell is a beast!

  • StunGunn May 23, 2013

    Hope all the Triangle players get picked in the first round, but I would be surprised if they all do. I think CJ Leslie will be a better player in the NBA than he was in school, because he'll be happier in the pros and will showcase his athletic skills. I would love to see Reggie as a first round pick, not sure it will happen.

  • VT1994Hokie May 23, 2013

    Plumlee to Oklahoma City sounds good to me. My favorite team.

  • weakened back May 23, 2013

    i hate to say it, but Jordan is the only 1 i could see pking marson in the 1 rd.

  • BlueDevils00 May 23, 2013

    Plumlee 1st... but I thought Duke big men only set screens and rebound?

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