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2010 NBA Draft: So Far What We've Learned From the NBA Draft Combine

SYRACUSE, NY - MARCH 27:  (L-R) John Wall #11 and DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Kentucky Wildcats sit on the bench dejected in the final minutes of the second half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the east regional final of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Carrier Dome on March 27, 2010 in Syracuse, New York. West Virginia won 73-66. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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DeAnte MitchellCorrespondent IMay 23, 2010

To all the NBA Draft lovers, the draft combine has been in progress for some time now. Everybody thinks very highly of this upcoming draft--especially the Washington Wizards.

I agree this is going to be one of the deepest drafts I've witnessed in a while.

You have the jaw-dropping talent in John Wall and Evan Turner, and players that will grow into good players like: Derrick Favors, of Hassan Whiteside. 

Either way we are looking at a great NBA Draft comes June 24. During the combine, it wasn't John Wall or Evan Turner that got all the talk; it was the relatively unknown prospects.

The prospect that made the most progress to his draft stock was Ryan Richards. He is officially 6'11, 230 pounds, equipped with a 7'1'' wingspan and a 9'2'' standing reach.

The thing that impressed most scouts about Richards is his upside. At the combine he showcased his talents, and abilities. He can stretch the floor and drain three balls at 6'11'' and teams love his potential.

Another prospect that draft stock is on the rise is Paul George. Originally, scouts were saying that George was a small forward. After showcasing his ability at the combine, he is now listed as a 6'9'' shooting guard. Something tells me we’re looking at another Rudy Gay.

Coach Flip Saunders was in attendance and since he holds the number one overall pick in the draft he had the right to watch John Wall and Evan Turner closely. Each one of them could be selected and jokingly Evan Turner wants to battle it out in Cincinnati.

The player most had their eyes on that wasn't named John Wall or Evan Turner was Eric Bledsoe. 

Playing under the shadow of John Wall for his whole college career had many questioning his true point guard skills because many never got the chance to see it. 

But as the NBA draft combine winded down many are seeing the true talent of Eric Bledsoe. 

The NBA draft combine has been a success. A lot of athletes with little draft stock or none has now risen into the spotlight and now has the chance to compete for draft positioning. The players’ name I heard constantly was Luke Babbitt, Gordon Hayward, Dexter Pittman, and many others but those three stuck out.

Look forward to more surprises to hit come draft day.

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