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Green, Webster highlight prep to pros prospects

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The NBA's deadline to withdraw from the June 28 draft has passed and a number of high school players have kept their name in the largest draft pool in the history of the league. Players like Gerald Green have worked out for a number of teams and now they wait as their future is decided on draft night.
Green, Rivals.com's No. 1 player in the class of 2005, will likely be a lottery pick. To what team, however, is not known. He's a hot target for a number of teams and trade rumors are growing by the hour. As things stand at this moment, Green will have to wait until draft day to find a real estate agent.
Several draft prognosticators have Green going somewhere in the top seven picks.
With a somewhat weak and thin preps-to-pros group in 2005, the one player who might be on the fastest track to get right to work is Seattle shooting guard Martell Webster. The prize of the University of Washington's signing class is projected by many to be a lottery pick because of his ability to knock down the long ball.
Andrew Bynum recently cancelled two workouts, which generally means he has a promise from a team or a very good idea on where in the draft he will be taken. The 7-foot, 17-year-old has seen his draft stock steadily climb after his senior season at St. Joseph (N.J.) High School.
His brother, Corey Thomas, is telling everyone that will listen that Bynum will be a lottery pick. Bynum could be the biggest surprise on draft night or could slide all the way down to the bottom of the first round.
At 6-foot-11, Andray Blatche has the size to go along with his athleticism and versatility, making some comparisons to Kevin Garnett valid. His draft spot, however, won't be as high as Garnett's.
Blatche has been somewhat quiet on the draft scene and has already signed with an agent. The Syracuse native is waiting to see what team picks him in the second half of the first round.
The Chicago pre-draft camp was not particularly good for Monta Ellis. His numbers in the strength tests have sent NBA teams looking for other players as he could not bench press 185 pounds. At 6-foot-3, Ellis is a big scoring point guard, somewhat similar to Chauncey Billups of the Detroit Pistons. The question is can NBA teams overlook his lack of strength?
Texas swingman C.J. Miles surprised a lot of people when he announced he was going pro.
With no concrete feedback from teams, Miles could hear his named called out in the second round. He's worked out for teams drafting at the bottom of the first round and he and his family are confident David Stern will call his name out in the first 30 picks.
Louis Williams will stay in the draft and considering the fact he does not have a concrete promise in the first round, it's a bit surprising. The enigmatic scoring guard has not received positive feedback throughout the tryout process.
He's a wonderful high school player but questions surrounding his ability to play the point against pros have always lingered. Will someone take a first round gamble on him?
Louisville signee Amir Johnson retook the SAT two weeks ago and the 6-foot-10 athletic big man is still waiting on his score. Is he going to qualify? The answer obviously did not come before the withdrawal date deadline. Louisville is preparing as if Johnson will not be on Rick Pitino's roster next year.
Athleticism carried Brandon Rush through his high school career and he even had some impressive moments at Moody Bible College during the NBA predraft camp. Rush, however, withdrew his name recently. His next step is unknown.
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