The Big East's top NBA prospects

Updated: October 17, 2012, 10:47 AM ET
By Chad Ford

The Big East might be a beast of a college basketball conference, but typically it doesn't have a major effect on the NBA draft.

Last season was an exception. The Big East produced three lottery picks (Dion Waiters, Andre Drummond and Jeremy Lamb) and two other first-rounders (Maurice Harkless and Fab Melo).

This season the Big East has a chance to do even better. Even though the Big East's main producer of NBA prospects -- UConn -- is in rebuilding mode, a number of teams including Syracuse, Georgetown, Louisville and Pittsburgh have future NBA players on their rosters. If the NCAA had ruled Providence's Ricardo Ledo eligible, the Big East could have had as many as eight first-rounders this season.

(Click here to see the top 100 prospects for the 2013 draft.)

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