The Washington Bullets are assured of picking in the top five in the NBA draft. The following players -- all sophomores -- could be among the first five chosen (players have until May 14 to declare their eligibility for the June 28 draft):
Marcus Camby, Massachusetts, 6-11, 215: : A big-time shot-blocker who runs the court well. He needs to work on his post moves and needs to bulk up -- as evidenced by his getting muscled by Bryant Reeves during the NCAA tournament. Has yet to declare.
Tim Duncan, Wake Forest, 6-10, 230: Has given every indication that he'll stay in school for his junior year, although he could be the top pick if he leaves early. He's smooth in the pivot and a good shot-blocker and rebounder.
Joe Smith, Maryland, 6-10, 220: A dominant force in his two years, and the top player in the nation this past season. He runs the court well, blocks shots and is a strong rebounder. He's projected as a power forward, but could play small forward if he develops a short jumper and ability to put the ball on the floor. He needs to get stronger for the next level.
Jerry Stackhouse, North Carolina, 6-6, 220: A complete player, Stackhouse can shoot from the perimeter, drive to the basket, rebound and play defense. He has the mental toughness for the next level. He's projected as either a shooting guard or small forward in the NBA. Has yet to declare.
Rasheed Wallace, North Carolina, 6-11, 240: Had a strong sophomore season. If he bulks up, he can play some center and power forward in the NBA; could possibly play some small forward with his shooting touch and ability to run the floor. Has yet to declare.