NEW YORK -- The Chicago Bulls are expected to choose either
Kansas State power forward Michael Beasley or Memphis point guard
Derrick Rose with the top pick in tomorrow night's NBA draft.
College freshmen could gobble up eight of the top 10 picks.
O.J. Mayo of Southern California, UCLA's Kevin Love, Arizona's
Jerryd Bayless and Indiana guard Eric Gordon are among the other
first-year stars who might already be earning NBA paychecks if not
for the age requirement forcing American-born players to be at
least 19 years old and a year out of high school.
Beasley had the best individual year, leading the nation with
12.4 rebounds per game and ranking third with his average of 26.2
points. But if the Bulls opt for Rose, Beasley isn't even
guaranteed to go second. The Miami Heat might trade the pick and
grab a guard to pair in the backcourt with Dwyane (dwayn) Wade.
Doesn't much matter to Beasley, who says, "One, 2, 3, 78, I
just want to get there."
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