The NBA draft is full of potential Pac-12 talents. Let's take a look at the two most likely to be picked in the early rounds. Here is the latest mock draft from Sports Illustrated.
8th pick: The Detroit Pistons select Stanley Johnson, Arizona Wildcats forward: After Josh Smith at the three failed disastrously in Auburn Hills, Stan Van Gundy will be on the look out to find a steady player who can be a long-time starter at small forward. Johnson fits the bill and brings an incredible defensive palette to the position. Although he's not the greatest of shooters, he has a solid enough three point shot that should translate well to the next level and fit Van Gundy's system well.
19th pick: The Washington Wizards select Kevon Looney, UCLA Bruins forward: The Wizards are ready to throw in the towel with Nene, who is looking like he's on his last legs. That means Washington is in the market for a big man, and a good one could come in the draft in the form of Looney. Looney has great strength and will already add to any NBA rotation with his awesome rebounding instincts. That could greatly improve Washington's chances to compete for a championship in a relatively weak East bereft of solid big man talent.