First round picks of the 2011 NBA Draft

Published: Thursday, June 23 2011 7:00 p.m. MDT

These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are DeAndre Liggins, Kentucky; Shelvin Mack, Butler; E'Twaun Moore, Purdue; Darius Morris, Michigan; Marcus Morris, Kansas, and Markieff Morris, Kansas. Bottom row from left are Donatas Motiejunas, Benetton Traviso (Italy); Chandler Parsons, Florida; Josh Selby, Kansas; Kyle Singler, Duke; Chris Singleton, Florida State, and Greg Smith, Fresno State.

Associated Press

1. Kyrie Irving, PG, 6-4, Duke


Fans got only fleeting glimpses of him in college thanks to a foot injury that kept him out for most of the season. He's got speed, quickness and range on his jumper, and is excellent at penetrating to the basket.

2. Derrick Williams, F, 6-9, Arizona


Athletically gifted but possibly between positions (is he a 3 or a 4?), He's an accomplished inside/out scorer — he made 57 percent of his 3-pointers last season from his power forward position.

3. Enes Kanter, C, 6-11, Turkey


The real mystery man of the draft, Kanter committed to play for Kentucky before his college eligibility was taken away. At 6-foot-10, he has a high motor and a solid inside game with the ability to shoot from mid-range.

4. Tristan Thompson, F, 6-9, Texas


With a high motor and elite rebounding skills, Thompson's upside makes up for his limited offensive skills. He averaged 2.4 blocks and 7.8 rebounds as a freshman at Texas.

5. Jonas Valanciunas, C, 7-0, Lithuania


One of the top European prospects in the draft, Valanciunas was considered a potential top-five pick until he announced he would remain in Europe for one more year before playing in the NBA.

6. Jan Vesely, F, 6-11, Czech Republic


The ultra-athletic forward from Serbia was considered a potential lottery pick last year before pulling out of the draft. While he can jump out of the gym at 6-foot-11, Vesely still needs to bulk up.

7. Bismack Biyombo, F, 6-9, DR Congo

SACRAMENTO KINGS (Traded to Charlotte)

If there is one high-risk, high-reward player in the draft, it's Biyombo. His style of play has been compared to Detroit's Ben Wallace: tough defender and rebounder, any offense is simply a bonus.

8. Brandon Knight, G, 6-4, Kentucky


The Kentucky freshman came on strong late in the season, leading the Wildcats to the Final Four. Knight shoots the ball well and plays tough defense, and at 6-foot-3, he has good size for a point guard.

9. Kemba Walker, G, 6-1, UConn


Walker led UConn to the Big East and NCAA titles. Undersized but energetic, he's an excellent leader who thrives on the big stage, even if he doesn't shoot as well as other guards.

10. Jimmer Fredette, G, 6-3, BYU

MILWAUKEE BUCKS (Traded to Sacramento)

Preceded by his reputation as a lethal scorer, there's no question Fredette knows how to put the ball in the basket. What is in question is his ability to handle the ball and find open teammates.

11. Klay Thompson, G, 6-7, Wash St.


Known for one thing and one thing only: his ability to knock down the 3-ball. Thompson is the son of former Blazer and Laker Mychal Thompson and at 6-foot-7, he has ample size for a two-guard.

12. Alec Burks, G, 6-6, Colorado


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