Who is No. 1 prospect for 2013?

Debating which player should be considered the top NBA draft prospect

Updated: February 28, 2013, 11:14 AM ET
By Jay Bilas and Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
Ben McLemore, Nerlens Noel, and Marcus SmartGetty ImagesBen McLemore, Nerlens Noel and Marcus Smart all have a shot at being the first pick in the NBA draft.

During college hoops season, Jay Bilas and Chad Ford will start the week by addressing a big question, evaluating NBA prospects on the rise and looking ahead to the next week.

The discussion: Who is currently the No. 1 prospect for the 2013 NBA draft?

Jay Bilas: Most observers seem to agree that this is not a year for great prospects in the NBA draft. While there are not as many no-brainers who project as All-NBA performers or NBA starters, there are still some really good prospects this year. In my judgment, however, the No. 1 prospect in the 2013 NBA draft class is Kansas redshirt freshman Ben McLemore.

McLemore is just 20 years old and relatively young in the game, having sat out all of last season, only able to practice during the second semester. McLemore is very much a Ray Allen-type player, a superior athlete who can really shoot it, and has an uncanny smoothness to his game. McLemore averages 16 points per game, but his percentages are really impressive: He is shooting 49 percent from the field, 43 percent from 3-point range and 88 percent from the line.

Jay Bilas

College Basketball analyst

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider