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After Anthony Davis, which player in the 2012 NBA draft has the most pro potential?

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It’s almost a foregone conclusion that former Kentucky Wildcat Anthony Davis will go first overall in the 2012 NBA draft. But, after him, who has the most pro potential?

Thomas Robinson?

The junior, Robinson, is of a different mold than many near the top of the draft, as he stayed behind older players at Kansas before he got his chance this past season. And he capitalized.

He averaged 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds for a Kansas team that, against many early season projections, made its way to the national championship game, before losing to Kentucky.

Robinson has an NBA-ready body at 6-10, 237, but did not shoot a high percentage in NCAA tournament games when he was challenged on the block.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist?

Kidd-Gilchrist has already been tabbed by many as the most pro-ready player other than Anthony Davis on the 2011-12 Kentucky roster.

He, too, has a pro-ready body for the small forward position and attacks the basket as well or can get out in transition. His athleticism allows him to bring it on both ends of the floor and teams at the high end of the draft could be looking for a player with his base of skills, including Sacramento, New Orleans, or Portland.

Andre Drummond?

Potential continues to be the word surrounding Drummond, who averaged 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds in his freshman season with Connecticut.

Some have gone as far as to say that Drummond “would lose an NBA GM his job,” presumably for being drafted so high and perhaps not producing.

He has the athleticism and he showed the ability to block shots, but questions about his work ethic and maturity have not faded. He still needs to work on his back-to-the-basket game, but is impressive above the rim.

Others: Brad Beal, Florida | Harrison Barnes, North Carolina

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Akron reveals special bobble heads for LeBron, high school teammates

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When it comes to discussing some of the game of basketball’s best players, specifically those who went directly from high school to the NBA, a question that’s often asked is where said player would have attended college if forced (by rule) to do so. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are among those who have been discussed in this manner, and in the case of LeBron he’s got connections to two programs within his home state of Ohio.

LeBron’s connected with the Ohio State program, which is outfitted by the Nike’s LeBron signature line, but there’s another program with an even closer connection. That would be Akron, which is led by head coach Keith Dambrot, and all he did was serve as LeBron’s high school coach at St. Vincent/St. Mary’s HS in Akron during the player’s freshman and sophomore years at the school. Also on those teams were two future Akron Zips in guard Dru Joyce and forward Romeo Travis.

Thursday the school announced that it would be honoring James, Joyce and Travis with bobble head dolls to be given out before Akron’s home games against Buffalo (February 16; Joyce’s bobble head), Bowling Green (February 26; Travis) and Ohio (March 1; James).

All three bobble head dolls are wearing Akron uniforms, which in the case of LeBron allows fans to think back and imagine what could have been. Season ticket holders guaranteed one bobble head per account (on each of the three giveaway days), with the first 750 fans in attendance to receive one as well.

NEW PODCAST: Indiana, Cal, troublesome trends and a weekend preview

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The gang is back together again for another episode of the NBCSports.com College Basketball Talk Podcast, with Rob Dauster hosting and Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips joining him. Today’s episode touched on big wins picked up Thursday night by California and Indiana, discussing the performances of those teams and also touching on their prospects down the line.

Also discussed were the recent performances of Iowa State, Providence and Texas A&M (which are you more worried about?), and some of the top games on this weekend’s schedule headlined by Kansas visiting Oklahoma. And if you’re a fan of seafood, you may take umbrage with some of Rob’s comments at the beginning of the podcast.

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