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Draft Watch: Orlando camp missing big names, but others eye first round

Originally Published: May 27, 2008
By Chad Ford | ESPN.com

For complete analysis of who's in and out of the 2008 NBA draft, click here.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The NBA's only official pre-draft camp gets under way here Tuesday evening. With so many high-profile players now skipping these camps altogether, the camp has lost its luster over the years. Still, first-round gems are here to be had.

Last year, three players -- Daequan Cook, Jared Dudley and Aaron Brooks -- played their way into the first round. Other pre-draft camp standouts over the past few years include David Lee, Jordan Farmar, Trevor Ariza and Beno Udrih.

OK, we're not talking about superstar talent here, but there's enough to bring out high-ranking representatives from every NBA team to take a look.

Still, the overall talent in the camp is heavily diluted. Only one player out of our top 30 -- UNC's Ty Lawson -- is playing in the event.

Several other players ranked 31st or lower also skipped the camp, including Mario Chalmers and D.J. White.

Every year, the NBA draft is a bit of a numbers game. There are only 30 first-round picks and another 30 in the second round. If 29 of the top 30 players skip the camp … you can guess how difficult it's going to be to crack the first round.

The good news is that this is a deep draft and players drafted even in the 30s and 40s have a shot at making NBA teams this year. There are a number of very intriguing names on the list.

The league invited 64 participants this year. To see a full list of the participants, click here. Here's a look at 10 players who have a shot of cracking the first round with great performances here.

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