Big Board: Noel holds firm at No. 1

Top 10 is taking shape in our latest ranking of 30 best draft prospects

Updated: April 19, 2013, 12:48 AM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider

nerlens noelJames Crisp/AP ImagesNerlens Noel remains the No. 1 prospect, but big men lurk at the bottom of the list.

A lot has happened since our last Big Board update two weeks ago.

The college basketball season is over. Some underclassmen are declaring for the draft, while others are returning to school. The first NBA draft camp, the Portsmouth Invitational, is finished. NBA prospects are heading to gyms around the country, training for the NBA draft combine in mid-May.

Here's our latest take on the top 30 prospects for the 2013 draft after talking to NBA GMs and scouts.

(Also, be sure to check out our updated Top 100, our updated lottery mock draft and our Mock Draft 1.0.)

Editor's note: The Big Board rankings have been updated to reflect Thursday's news that Mitch McGary, Gary Harris and Glenn Robinson III would return to school. Previous rankings refer to the April 2 Big Board.

Nerlens Noel
SCHOOL: Kentucky
HT/WT: 6-11, 215
10.5 PPG
9.5 RPG
4.4 BPG

Noel clings to the top spot of our 2013 Top 100, a position he's held for 37 of 41 weeks. Looking at our various lottery mock draft scenarios, Noel comes out as the No. 1 pick in 65.9 percent of the scenarios generated. Those are pretty good odds. The three team scenarios in which Noel isn't ranked No. 1 are with the Orlando Magic, New Orleans Hornets and Detroit Pistons, based primarily on team needs.


Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider