NBA Draft preview

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Sports,NBA,Craig Stouffer

Prospects to watch

These players may not go in the top 10, but they will play key roles in determining how the draft unfolds.

F Jared Sullinger

A year after deciding not to come out and possibly become a top-two pick, the Ohio State big man has been red-flagged because of concerns over his back, could fall out of the lottery and wasn't invited to the green room.

G Austin Rivers

He has the confidence to be the No. ?1 pick, and he's certain to draw the spotlight wherever he lands. The bigger question is whether he's got more than the flashy one-on-one game that made the Duke guard a star.

G Kendall Marshall

Stymied by an injury during the NCAA tournament, he's the D.C. area's other top prospect in this year's class following two stellar seasons at North Carolina. A superior passer, he's sure to make the team that chooses him better.

F Royce White

No player may better represent the depth of this year's draft than White, a point forward from Iowa State who probably won't be a lottery pick but has the size, toughness and rebounding ability that NBA teams crave.

F Perry Jones III

If it's the NBA Draft, there has to be a polarizing player like the Baylor star, who is mesmerizing at 6-foot-11 with athleticism and potential to spare. But the GM that selects him is making a calculated gamble that those traits will translate into consistent productivity.

Sleepers

F Jae Crowder

This year's Kenneth Faried has the ponytailed dreadlocks but is three inches shorter at 6-foot-5. Still, the Marquette star has solid potential to be a second-unit contributor.

SG Doron Lamb

Lamb is one of the best shooters in the draft. Wizards fans will salivate at a pairing with fellow Kentucky player John Wall if he's available at No. 32.

Key teams

Cavaliers

Reports suggest Cleveland has pursued a trade for Charlotte's No. 2 pick, but the trick will be what it is willing to part with to get it. Cleveland picks fourth, 24th, 33rd and 34th.

Rockets

By Wednesday afternoon, GM Daryl Morey had acquired the 12th and 18th picks as Houston, already with the 16th pick, positioned itself to make a run at Dwight Howard.

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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