The top-5 NBA prospects in the SEC

Updated: October 16, 2012, 5:44 PM ET
By Chad Ford

In 2010, the Kentucky Wildcats produced a stunning five players in the first round of the NBA draft. Three of them went in the lottery. John Wall went No. 1 overall.

2012 provided a bit of déjà vu. Anthony Davis went No. 1 overall. His teammate, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, went No. 2. Two other Wildcats, Terrence Jones and Marquis Teague, were first rounders. Two more, Doron Lamb and Darius Miller, went in the second.

The Wildcats weren't the only SEC team represented. Bradley Beal of Florida was the No. 3 overall pick in the draft.

Once again, the Wildcats are expected to own the SEC and the NBA draft. While they don't have the talent of that 2010 or 2012 team, neither do any of the other schools in the SEC -- or college basketball, for that matter. They have a whopping five players on the draft radar heading into this season -- four of them freshmen. Arkansas and Georgia contribute to our top five of this list, and both Missouri and Florida have significant NBA talent, as well. (Click here to see the top 100 prospects for the 2013 draft.)

In other words, the SEC appears to be stacked with future pros again.

I spoke with a number of NBA scouts to get a take on the five players they'll be scouting most closely in the SEC this season. Here's the breakdown: