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Top 12 Pac-12 2016 NBA draft prospects: Chriss emerges as best NBA prospect

Ranking the top Pac-12 NBA draft prospects one more time before the draft.

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1. Marquese Chriss Fr. PF Washington - Chriss has solidified himself as a potential Top 5, maybe even Top 3 pick. He blew up at the combine when he measured in at 6'10 235 with his crazy wingspan and he is ultra raw at just 18, meaning his growth potential is infinite. Top 5-10

2. Jaylen Brown Fr. SG Cal - Brown's shine has suffered the past few months but he is still physically the best guard prospect in the draft and a guaranteed Top 10 pick. He has the physicality to where he can jump in right away but still has huge potential which makes him a very safe prospect. Top 5-10

3. Jakob Poeltl So. C Utah - His game isn't perfect, but he's a 7'1 guy who can run the floor, block shots and grab rebounds. I think a team can find a space for him and I think it will be a team in the lottery. Top 5-15

4. Dejounte Murray Fr. PG Washington - Murray hasn't blown up like his teammate Chriss but he has himself up to where he could be a Top 10 pick. He would be guarantee Top 5 if he had a better jumped, but his rangy, overall combo guard game should be enough to get him in the lottery now. Top 10-25

5. Gary Payton II Sr. PG Oregon State - One of my favorite recent Pac-12 prospects who probably goes in the second round. I don't see how a player with his perimeter defense skills doesn't go in the first round. He could end up being a lot like Andre Roberson. Late-first round-mid-second round

6. Julian Jacobs Jr. PG USC - Jacobs has great size for a point guard and can distribute the ball. There isn't a whole much more to his game, but  he does what a point guard needs to do very well and that should be enough to get him drafted. Mid-to-late-second round

7. Rosco Allen Jr. SF Stanford - The international combo forward is an interesting prospect. Tweener forwards are  a little more attractive as bench guys or third/fourth options on teams now and Allen has a lot of the best attributes of a good tweener forward. Mid-to-late-second round.

8. Tyrone Wallace Sr. SG Cal - A do everything shooting guard who can score with decent length. There's always a place for a player like that in the league. Late-second or undrafted free agent

9. Kaleb Tarczewski Sr. C Arizona - It's crazy, Tarczewski was regarded by some as a Top 10 pick going into his freshman year, now he's graduated and is a late-second round pick at best. Unfortunately traditional seven footers who haven't shown a great deal at college are no longer hot commodities. Late-second or  undrafted  free agent

10. Elgin Cook Sr. SF Oregon - Cook is a lot like a power forward in a small forward's body, but he is such a just plain baller, I wouldn't be surprised if he carves out an NBA career. Undrafted free agent

11. Ryan Anderson Sr. PF Arizona - Lacks a lot of intangibles, but has the size and rebounding skills to play power forward at the next level. Undrafted free agent

12. Andrew Andrews Sr. PG Washington - Andrews can score and shoot from the outside and in a big way. He will get a crack at the league as a pure scorer who can stroke from the outside. Undrafted free agent