Scott Drew's Baylor basketball program has become an absolute force on the recruiting trail over the last few years, and the fruits of that are now being shown in the 2012 NBA Draft.
In Chad Ford's latest mock draft from ESPN Insider, sophomore PF Perry Jones III and freshman SF Quincy Miller are both tabbed as first-round picks, with Jones going to the Golden State Warriors at No. 7 and Miller headed to the Denver Nuggets at No. 20:
Jones has the talent to be a top 3 pick and many scouts believe his best pro position will be at the 3, which is a need for Golden State. If he lives up to his potential, this is a home run of a pick. But the Warriors have had their share of athletic, underperforming tweeners (Anthony Randolph, Brandan Wright) in the past.
The Nuggets don't have any real glaring needs right now, which gives them the luxury of taking the best player left on the board. Had Miller stayed in school another year, he would've likely been a top 10 pick in 2013. He's great value here.
As Ford points out, Miller has an intriguing combination of length, athleticism and skill, which was somewhat hidden behind Jones last season. If he proves he has recovered from ACL surgery he had in his senior year of high school, he could be shooting up draft boards over the next two months.