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Baylor Bears Project To Have Two Of The Top Five Picks In 2012 NBA Draft

In a little over three months, the 2012 NBA Draft will be upon us. Mock Drafts will fly left and right, trades will be discussed frequently and young men will wear some of the nicest suits they've ever had on in their life. Yes, its time for the way too early 2012 NBA Mock Draft post, courtesy of Tom Ziller.

Baylor could potentially have two of the top five picks in the 2012 draft come from their current roster, but their thoughts right now are all focused on bringing home a title. Where could the players end up?

The Hornets need a wing badly. Okay, outside of Eric Gordon they need everything badly. Here's a good start...

3. NEW ORLEANS HORNETS: QUINCY MILLER, BAYLOR

There's a drop-off after the first two picks, whom NBA GM's would sacrifice their first-born for, which is why I'm going with the biggest sleeper in the draft here. Miller is 6'9, 200 pounds with a 7'4 wingspan, great ball-handling skills and an excellent jumper (shooting 46 percent from the field, 38 percent from the three-point arc and 80 percent from the free-throw line as a freshman). He's trapped on a poorly coached Baylor team, and he'll need to put on some weight and continue recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last year, but he has what Hubie Brown would call "tremendous upside potential." -- Tjarks

Could the Pistons have one of the more intriguing frontcourts in the NBA with Greg Monroe and...

5. DETROIT PISTONS: PERRY JONES III, BAYLOR

I'll never understand this mentality where we have to attack the character of a 20-year old for a poor performance. Lord forbid we point the finger at his coach for never pairing him with a true PG and playing a ludicrous 1-3-1 zone defense that has no place in high-level basketball. -- Tjarks

Both players have an opportunity to raise their draft stock in the NCAA tournament, or could lower it a bit. The 2012 NBA Draft will be June 28th in New York City.

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