Top mid-major draft prospects
November, 17, 2011
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
Joe Murphy/Getty ImagesMemphis freshman Adonis Thomas leads mid-major draft prospects to watch.The Big Six college conferences -- the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC -- obviously get plenty of attention when it comes to the NBA draft.
But in the last several years, the other group -- the "mid-majors" -- have been more than holding its own. In 2011, four players from mid-major teams went in the first round -- Jimmer Fredette, Kawhi Leonard, Kenneth Faried and Norris Cole. In the 2010 draft, six players from mid-major teams went in the first round. Two of them -- Gordon Hayward from Butler and Paul George from Fresno State -- went in the top 10.