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Afternoon talker: Guess which two Gophers are on ESPN.com's top 100 NBA draft prospects for 2012

Posted by: Michael Rand under Sports Updated: June 24, 2011 - 2:54 PM

 

Trevor, I have a hard enough time putting the ball in the basket without you trying to block my shot.

Trevor, I have a hard enough time putting the ball in the basket without you trying to block my shot.

Because one day after the 2011 NBA draft is the perfect time to be thinking about the 2012 NBA draft, ESPN.com's Chad Ford has his list of top 100 prospects for next year's draft out already. Names of note, Gophers fans (insider required):

 

Leaper Rodney Williams, who is -- polite euphemism alert -- still trying to find his all-around game, checks in as Ford's 42nd-best prospect.

Wisconsin fans might be interested to know that is 18 spots higher than Jordan Taylor, who is rated No. 60 in terms of his pro potential.

Trevor Mbakwe, meanwhile, is No. 74. For our money, Mbakwe has the best pro potential of any current Gophers player, and it's not even close. We understand Williams can jump out of the gym, but Mbakwe is a beast on the boards and could find a nice NBA niche.

Your thoughts, please, in the comments.

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