2013 NBA Draft Special: Noel, Burke, Larkin, Ledo

Steve Kyler of HOOPSWORLD.com held his 2013 NBA Draft preview Sunday and interviewed NBA draft prospects Shane Larkin, Trey Burke, Nerlens Noel, Eric Wise and Ricky Ledo.

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NBA Draft Prospect Shane Larkin

When Shane Larkin announced that he would leave Miami following his sophomore season to enter the 2013 NBA Draft in late April, most mock drafts had the point guard projected as a late-first rounder or early-second rounder.

“I’m a very confident person and I’ve always believed in my abilities so for people to take notice and think that I’m a pretty good player who can contribute is kind of a sigh of relief,” Larkin said. “All of the hard work that I’ve put in is finally being recognized and people are thinking highly of me at the next level. … It’s been cool. It’s been a fun process, just going out there and competing against the top players in the country. I’m definitely having a good time.

Source: Alex Kennedy, Hoopsworld.com

NBA Draft Prospect Trey Burke

In recent weeks, Trey Burke has identified his range in the 2013 NBA Draft as No. 2 (Orlando Magic) to No. 8 (Detroit Pistons). However, he doesn’t really care which pick he’s selected at on Thursday evening. He’s more concerned about finding a good fit. If going lower means that he’ll be part of a winning organization with better teammates, that’s fine with him.

“I’m not getting caught up in it,” Burke said of his draft position. “I want to go where the program is going in the right direction and where the program is all about winning. If that’s at No. 9, then that’s at No. 9. If that’s at No. 2, then that’s at No. 2. I’m just ready to see where I’ll be going. … It’s been a long process, but I’ve been trying to enjoy it as much as possible. It’s definitely sinking in to a certain point, but I still don’t know where I’m going so it’s still all up in the air. I’m just excited and eager to figure out where I’m going on Thursday. I’m just looking forward to it.”

Source: Alex Kennedy, Hoopsworld.com

NBA Draft Prospect Nerlens Noel

In three days, Nerlens Noel will finally find out where he’ll be beginning his NBA career and living for at least the next several years. Most draft prospects have no idea which team is going to select them on draft night, but the former Kentucky star has a pretty good idea of where he’s going to land.

The 19-year-old only met with the top three teams in this year’s draft – the Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards – and he believes that’s his range.

“It’s definitely exciting,” Noel said. “Those are three great opportunities and three great teams that have very bright futures. They are three great organizations and they’ve all impressed me. They all have great front office guys and they’re all really family-oriented teams. They all really care about their players and that alone really impressed me. Whatever team I go to, I’m definitely going to look to assert myself right away and do some good things for them so that I can help them become a playoff team.”

Source: Alex Kennedy, Hoopsworld.com

NBA Draft Prospect Eric Wise

NBA Draft Prospect Ricky Ledo

Because Ricky Ledo was academically ineligible for his one and only season at Providence, he understood that he had to perform well in the pre-draft process if he wanted to turn his NBA dream into reality. Because he had so much to prove, Ledo has worked out individually for nearly half of the league.

The 20-year-old worked out for the Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks among others.

Ledo understands that these workouts will make or break him on draft night.

“That’s everything at this point because they don’t have film on me since I didn’t play in college last year,” Ledo said. “It’s everything. I have to show that I belong. I have to show what type of person that I am. Overall, I have to show that I’m good enough to play at the next level and that I am one of the top guys in the draft.

Source: Alex Kennedy, Hoopsworld.com