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Top Pac-12 2016 NBA Draft prospects

An early look at which Pac-12 players might be the top prospects for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

1. Jaylen Brown Fr. SF Cal

A long athlete who is the ultimate slasher on offense and a lock-down defender, the 6'7 220 Brown was a huge recruiting score for the Bears and could easily be the Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2015-16. He has the potential to be the first player taken in the 2016 draft.

2. Jakob Poeltl So. C Utah

Poeltl to me is just your typical elite European prospect that should go in the lottery, but he happens to play college basketball in America. He is a legit seven-footer than can move like a 6'5 guy who rebounds and plays defense. He looks like a guaranteed lottery pick should he declare.

3. Ivan Rabb Fr. PF Cal

Another player that is likely a one-and-done superstar for the Bears, Rabb is a smooth 6'10 big man with mature scoring skills for a kid just coming out of high school. He is a big time scorer in the post that can also rebound and could go as high as the Top 5 in the 2016 draft.

4. Gary Payton II Sr. PG Oregon State

I think Payton would have been a borderline first round pick had he declared for the 2014 draft and could end up working his way into the mid-first with a good enough senior season. He has ideal size, is one of the best perimeter defenders in college basketball and can distribute and score. The only thing that might hold him back is that he will be 23 by the time the 2016 rolls around.

5. Tyrone Wallace Sr. G Cal

Wallace is your typical rangy combo guard pure scorer that gets taken off the board early in the second round. He could really boost his stock if the Bears have a big year with their influx of freshman talent and he leads their backcourt.

6. Kaleb Tarczewski Sr. C Arizona

Once seen as a potential one-and-done player, the physical seven footer will use all four years of his eligibilty and barring a huge, huge breakthrough, he is likely an early-second rounder at best. Regardless, Tarczewski still seems like a shoe in to get drafted though since he is a seven footer who can rebound and play defense.

7. Ray Smith Fr. SF Arizona

Your next Arizona freshman superstar, Smith is a long and athletic wing player that can put up a lot of points. He isn't a Stanley Johnson or Aaron Gordon because he doesn't quite have an NBA body or great outside shooting skills yet, but I think there is a good chance he is a potential first rounder should he declare after his freshman season.

8. Josh Scott Sr. C Colorado

Scott is a big body (6'10 245) that is a proven scorer in the post but his lack of athleticism in a quickening NBA probably means he is a second round choice at best.

9. Xavier Johnson Sr. SF Colorado

The 6'7 230 Johnson has looked like an NBA player since he showed up in Boulder, but has simply never evolved into the first-round prospect it seems that he could be. Still, if he can have a breakout season as a senior, he could creep up near the first round.

10. Alonzo Trier Fr. SG Arizona

Another Wildcat freshman that should be a star, Trier is a lights out pure shooter with a sturdy, 6'4 200-pound base. However, his game is a little limited right now, so he will probably stay in school for 2-3 years.

11. Justin Simon Fr. PG Arizona

Simon is 6'5 and has a 6'11 wingspan. I repeat. A point guard with a 6'11 wingspan. He still needs to develop a jumpshot, but when he does, he is a lottery pick.

12. Jordan Bell So. SF Oregon

Bell made the All-Pac-12 Defensive team as a freshman as a 6'9 215 shot blocker. He is a far from a guaranteed draft pick, but has the potential to become a first round pick.