NBA draft analysis: Jimmer Fredette, Enes Kanter rise on Jazz's radar

Published: Wednesday, May 18 2011 12:11 a.m. MDT

2. Derrick Williams, Arizona sophomore, 6-8 forward — An outstanding NCAA Tournament performance vaulted Williams to a top-two spot.

3. Enes Kanter, Turkey 6-11 center — He originally committed to play for Washington before signing with Kentucky last April.

4. Kemba Walker, Connecticut junior, 6-0 guard — He was second to Fredette in scoring for most of the season and came on strong at the end of the year in leading led the Huskies to the NCAA title.

5. Brandon Knight, Kentucky freshman, 6-3 point guard — He'll try to follow in the footsteps of two other Wildcat freshman guards who have come out the past two seasons — Tyreke Evans in 2009 and John Wall last year.

6. Jan Vesely, Czech Republic, 6-11 forward — He passed up a chance to be a top 10 pick last year, but the athletic Vesely should land in the top 10 this year after a solid season in Europe.

7. Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania, 6-11 forward — He barely turned 19, but as he has put on weight the past couple of years, he has shown that he belongs in the NBA.

8. Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State sophomore, 6-7 forward — Local fans have seen a lot of Leonard the past couple of years in his annual visits to Salt Lake City and Provo. He is a terrific rebounder, but may need to develop more of an outside game to play in the NBA.

9. Bismack Biyombo, Congo, 6-9 forward — This 18-year-old native of Congo with a 7-foot-7 wingspan played in the Spanish ACB League and has rocketed up draft charts. He was a relative unknown before the Nike Hoop Summit, where he registered the first-ever triple-double, including 10 blocked shots.

10. Marcus Morris, Kansas junior, 6-9 forward — He's not flashy, but is a versatile forward who does a lot of things well. Averaged 17.2 points and 7.6 rebounds for the Jayhawks.

11. Donatas Motiejunas, Lithuania, 7-0 center — Played well in Italy last year, but will need to put some weight on his 7-foot frame, as he is listed at just 215 pounds.

12. Alec Burks, Colorado sophomore, 6-6 guard — He grew three inches since he committed to Colorado and has turned into a solid scorer (20.5 ppg), but needs to work on his outside shooting.

13. Tristan Thompson, Texas freshman, 6-8 forward — He has a 7-foot-plus wingspan and has an NBA body already at 235 pounds. But he may not be ready to play for a couple of years.

14. Jimmer Fredette, BYU senior, 6-2 guard — Everyone around here knows all about the Jimmer. Although his draft status might have fallen after his off-day in the Sweet-16 loss to Florida, but the Jazz saw enough of him they may grab him at No. 12 if he's available.

15. Markieff Morris, Kansas junior, 6-10 forward/center — He's actually slightly bigger than his twin brother, but isn't quite as skilled, although he should be a solid NBA player.

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