The debate for No. 2 continues

Updated: January 3, 2012, 6:22 PM ET
By Chad Ford

We are at the halfway point of the college basketball season. Teams are beginning conference play, which inevitably changes things from a scouting perspective.

Conference opponents scout much the same way NBA teams do. They understand what star players in their conference like to do and try to take it away from them, the same way NBA teams do. Every year, a few players hit the wall against the tighter defenses they'll face in conference play and others really start to shine.

So as conference play begins, here is a handful of notes I've collected from NBA GMs and scouts.

Team Jones, Team Barnes or Team Drummond?

NBA GMs and scouts are, uniformly, tagging this draft as one of the best in the past five years. Kentucky's Anthony Davis continues to be the consensus No. 1 pick in the draft. But is it time to declare him a lock for No. 1?