NBA Draft 2012 early entrants
Freshman, sophomore and junior college players from the United States that declared for the 2012 NBA Draft.
Erik Austin, Fr., Jackson CC (Mich.)
Avery Scharer, So., Shoreline CC (Wash.)
Richard Townsend-Gant, Jr., Vancouver Island University
D'Angelo Williams, Jr., Notre Dame de Namur (Calif.)
HARRISON BARNES, SG
Barnes was considered one of the elite players in the country as a freshman, but opted to stay at UNC for one additional year. He struggled in the NCAA Tournament, shooting just 32.8 percent from the floor.
WILL BARTON, SG
Barton took a big jump from his freshman to sophomore year, increasing his points (12.3 to 18.0), rebounds (4.9 to 8.0), field goal percentage (42.8 to 50.9) and three-point percentage (42.8 to 50.9) markedly.
BRADLEY BEAL, PG
Dynamo point guard Bradley Beal showed his mettle in the NCAA Tournament, leading Florida to several upsets and a near-Final Four berth. Beal’s consistency was mind-blowing: in all but six games, he scored between 11 and 22 points.
J'COVAN BROWN, SG
An undersized (6-1) shooting guard, Brown took advantage of a major uptick in playing time his junor year. He averaged 20.1 points in 35.6 minutes in 2011-12, after averaging 10.4 points in 21.5 minutes the season prior.
DOMINIC CHEEK, SG
Cheek cracked the starting lineup his junior year, averaging 12.5 points in 30.5 minutes. While Cheek is confident from the outside, his consistency needs work; he connected on just 32 percent of his 178 three-point attempts.
JARED CUNNINGHAM, SG
Oregon State, Jr.
A volume scorer, Cunningham averaged 17.9 points on 12.2 shots in 2011-12. He had two impressive games in the CBI, scroring 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting agianst Western Illinois, and 27 points on 10-for-12 shooting against TCU.
ANTHONY DAVIS, C
Likely the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft, Davis was a terror on defense and on the glass in his lone season at Kentucky. The 6-10, 220 lb. Davis averaged 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game. He excelled in the NCAA Tournament, too, averaging 12.3 boards.
ANDRE DRUMMOND, C
Drummond was one of several supremely talented players on a UConn roster that couldn’t put together wins. The 6-10 center was very inconsistent and often battled foul trouble, but showed flashes of dominance.
DOMINIQUE FERGUSON, F
Florida International, So.
After Isiah Thomas was fired as FIU coach, Ferguson asked for his release from his scholarship. FIU declined, and Ferguson opted to declare for the draft instead of returning to FIU for another season.
JUSTIN HAMILTON, C
A transfer from Iowa State, Hamilton sat out a year before his lone season with the Tigers. The seven-footer averaged 7.2 boards, but had a below-average field goal percentage (49.4).
MOE HARKLESS, SF
St. John's, Fr.
Harkless totaled 11 double-doubles in his lone season with St. John’s. He had a couple of huge games, including a 32-point, 13 rebound showing against Providence in December, where he shot 14-for-17 from the floor.
JOHN HENSON, PF
Henson was a force in the paint, averaging 13.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game. He struggled in an Elite Eight loss to Kansas, finishing with just 10 points and four rebounds.
JOHN JENKINS, SG
A sharpshooter, Jenkins averaged 19.9 points, shooting 43.9 percent from beyond the arc. He shot better than 40 percent from three each of his three seasons with Vandy.
PERRY JONES III, PF
After a strong start to the season, Jones’ averages fell in line with his freshman year numbers — 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds. Impressive performances against Kansas State, Kansas and Missouri in the Big 12 tournament did some to shed Jones’ label as a no-show in big games.
TERRENCE JONES, F
At 6-9, 252 lbs., Jones has the bulk, though maybe not the height, to play the four in the NBA. He averaged 7.2 rebounds as a sophomore after averaging 8.8 as a freshman.
MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST, SF
A dynamo on defense, Kidd-Gilchrist also showed the ability to score the basketball in the NCAA Tournament. After averaging 11.9 points in the regular season, he scored 24 points and 19 points in back-to-back wins over Indiana and Baylor. Kidd-Gilchrist also averaged 7.4 rebounds per game this year.
DORON LAMB, SG
Lamb was dominant from three each of his two seasons at Kentucky, shooting 48.6 percent as a freshman and 46.6 percent as a sophomore. Lamb averaged 13.7 points per game this year, and scored 22 points in the NCAA Championship against Kansas.
JEREMY LAMB, SG
The Huskies rode their sophomore guard during the season, Lamb averaging 37.2 minutes per game. Lamb, who averaged 17.7 points per game, scored at least 20 points in a game 10 times, though he didnt crack 20 points against any ranked opponents.
MEYERS LEONARD, C
After playing sparingly his sophomore year, the 7-1 Leonard saw a major uptick in playing time, averaging 13.6 points and 8.2 rebounds in 31.8 minutes.
DAMIAN LILLARD, PG
Weber State, Jr.
One of the country’s premier scorers, Lillard averaged 24.5 points on 46.7 percent shooting, though it came against a relatively soft schedule. Lillard scored in double digits every game, and scored at least 40 points twice.
KENDALL MARSHALL, PG
A floor general, Marshall’s value was never clearer than when UNC struggled after he was injured in the NCAA Tournament. Marshall averaged a robust 9.8 assists per game, and had some of his best performances late in the year against top opponents.
FAB MELO, C
A defensive stud, Melo declared for the NBA Draft in the midst of questions over his upcoming eligibility. He averaged 2.9 blocks per game.
KHRIS MIDDLETON, SF
Texas A&M, Jr.
Middleton’s numbers took a hit from his sophomore to junior year; his points, rebounds, assists, field goal percentage, three-point percentage and free throw percentage all dropped.
QUINCY MILLER, F
Miller was a top 10 recruit in the country entering his freshman year at Baylor, according to Rivals. He averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds, but had a disappointing NCAA Tournament, scoring in double digits just once in four games.
TONY MITCHELL, SF
Mitchell declared for the draft after asking for his release from Alabama. He averaged 13.1 points on 45.0 percent shooting his final year with the program.
ARNETT MOULTRIE, PF
Mississippi State, Jr.
Moultire was a fourth-year junior for Mississippi State, missing the 2010-11 season after transferring from UTEP. He went out with a bang, hanging 34 points on UMass in a loss in the NIT.
REEVES NELSON, F
UCLA/Zalgiris (Lithuania), Jr.
Nelson was dismissed from UCLA in late 2011 for poor behavior, went to play overseas in Lithuania, then was kicked off that team shortly thereafter. In 2010-11, Nelson led the team in scoring (13.9 points) and rebounding (9.1).
AUSTIN RIVERS, PG
Rivers, a combo guard, is the son of Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. Rivers’ best game came against UNC in February, when he scored a season-high 29 points, including a buzzer-beating game-winner.
PETER ROBERSON, C
Grambling State, Jr.
Robertson's (right) numbers improved across the board his second year. He averaged 2.6 blocks and 7.1 rebounds in 28.8 minutes, but shot just 39.1 percent from the floor.
QUINCY ROBERTS, G
Grambling State, Jr.
In his first year at Grambling State, Roberts, who transferred from St. John's, averaged 22.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Roberts also shot 39-for-122 from three.
THOMAS ROBINSON, PF
Robinson’s huge junior year propelled him to the top of draft boards. He averaged 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds, and finished off his college career with an 18-point, 17-rebound performance in a loss to Kentucky in the national championship.
TERRENCE ROSS, SG
A confident three-point shooter, Ross shot 37.1 percent from downtown. He scored 32 points and shot 6-for-14 from three in the second round of the NIT against Northwestern.
RENARDO SIDNEY, PF
Mississippi State, Jr.
Sidney’s playing time dipped his junior year at Mississippi State. He averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in 22.7 minutes a year after averaging 14.2 and 7.6 in 25.2 minutes.
JONATHON SIMMONS, G
Simmons took on a prominent role in his lone year in Houston, averaging 14.7 points in 30.1 minutes per game. He was sharp from the field (51.2 percent) and from three (38.6 percent).
TERRELL STOGLIN, G
Stoglin, a volume shooter, took 16.7 shots per game and averaged 21.6 points. He had one of his best games of the year in his season finale against UNC, scoring 30 points on 11-for-21 from the field and 5-for-11 from three.
GERARDO SUERO, G
A solid rebounder for his size, the 6-4 Suero averaged 21.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Suero scored 18 points in a CIT Tournament loss to Manhattan.
JARED SULLINGER, PF
Ohio State, So.
An undersized power forward, the 6-9 Sullinger averaged 17.5 points and 9.2 rebounds for Ohio State. He had 17 double-doubles, but struggled in a Final Four loss to Kansas, scoring 13 points on just 5-for-19 shooting.
MARQUIS TEAGUE, PG
After a miserable season finale (0-for-7 shooting, 0 points) against Vanderbilt, Teague bounced back to average 13.3 points and 4.8 assists in the NCAA Tournament. Teague's brother, Jeff, plays point guard for the Atlanta Hawks.
JOSTON THOMAS, SF
Thomas has good size for a small forward at 6-7, 235 lbs. He averaged 13.7 points and 5.3 rebounds.
HOLLIS THOMPSON, SF
Thompson, a 6-8 forward, was dynamite from deep. He shot 43.0 percent from three, averaging 12.8 points per game.
DION WAITERS, SG
A sparkplug off the bench, Waiters was one of the nation’s best sixth men. He scored a season-high 28 points against Cincinnati in the Big East Tournament, where he shot 7-for-10 from downtown.
MAALIK WAYNS, PG
Wayns, a volume scorer, was inconsistent down the stretch for Villanova. He scored less than 10 points twice in his last five games, but also had games of 26 and 28 over the same period.
ROYCE WHITE, SF
Iowa State, So.
White had several big-time performances down the stretch, including double-doubles against Baylor and UConn, and 20-point games against Missouri and Kentucky.
TONY WROTEN JR., PG
Wroten liked to shoot the ball, averaging 16.0 points on 12.8 field goal attempts per game. He was woeful from three, connecting on just 9 of 56 attempts from beyond the arc.