Every year, midmajors emerge as legitamite NBA prospects. Many are not highly touted coming from high school, but their talent really supersedes expectations. The following are my prime are players who could appear on NBA scouting radars by the end of the season :
Kevin Perkins of TAMCC is a freshman who should start right away. I see him as the probable freshman of the year in the Southland conference and one of the more talented players in the midmajors. He will run a surprising Corpus Christi offense, which lost all but two scholarship players.
Desmond Yates of Middle Tennessee St. could play in the NBA if he becomes a leader of his squad. He has size at 6'7 and an ability to shoot from the perimeter. If he can become more consistent in this respect, I see him as a success story. He has all the physical tools to thrive at the next level.
Tyrone Shelley of Pepperdine is a small forward at the college level who will make an immediate impact in the WCC. I expect him to seriously challenge teams in this conference, including the Zags. He is a prolific scorer and a consummate slasher.
Herb Pope is a highly touted big man out of New Mexico St. He should be the conference freshman of the year and could emerge as a 1st or 2nd team player after his first season. If he wants to play in the NBA, Pope should continue to improve his shooting and ball handling so that he can thrive at the small forward slot.
Roy Bright of Delaware St. is the best player in the MEAC. So what? Well, this guy could challenge major conference players as a legitamite presence in the paint. He is also a potential Orlando camp invite and 2nd round draft pick. He's a bit undersized, but we'll see if his all around game is more complete this year.
Daniel Ruffin of Bradley is a wirey 5'10 point guard. But, don't let his size fool you- this guy has an enormous wingspan and can defend point guards 4 or 5 inches taller than him. He will lead Bradley's charge and could become a surprise candidate for player of the year in the Missouri Valley Conference.