12. John Wall (Kentucky)
NBA scouting types saw the University of Kentucky’s John Wall as a slightly bigger version of Derrick Rose — an electrifying point guard who could blow past defenders in less than the blink of an eye, and just needs to add a jump shot before he could wreck the league.
If he maximized the potential he demonstrated when taking the Wildcats to Elite Eight of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, Wall could have become a bigger Rajon Rondo with a little bit of Russell Westbrook spliced in to his point guard DNA.
The Washington Wizards selected Wall with the #1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft after one year in Lexington, and he was the foundation in which the team’s rebuild took place.