Beasley No.1 But What About Walker?

The 2008 NBA Draft is June 26, or roughly 90 days away. In every mock draft, it's Michael Beasley No. 1, with most following with Memphis guard Derrick Rose. But Bill Walker? His stock seems to be falling. Two Household names amoung Wildcat fans: Michael Beasley and Bill Walker - each with a huge decision looming that will shape the rest of their lives.

The last time Kansas State had an NBA draft choice was Steve Henson in the second round to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1990.

That streak is sure to end on June 26 when the NBA teams go through their annual two-round selection process.

Michael Beasley, Kansas State University, is sure to be the No. 1 selection.

"The only thing that could change is for Derrick Rose to take off and lead Memphis to the NCAA championship. Then someone needing a guard might consider taking him first," said Aaron Smith, of NBADraftnet.com.

"But Beasley is so talented, and normally big men have more value than point guards. If that's the case, he's head and shoulders ahead of everyone else."

If there's anything holding Beasley back, it's his past. While he's been pretty much a model citizen at Kansas State, he does have a checkered past that's known from the variety of prep schools he attended.

"A couple of GMs said they'd have reservations about making Beasley No. 1 because of fan sensitivities over his character," wrote Chad Ford of ESPN.com. "Another contingent says it's his work ethic and commitment to the game that give them pause. Others seem ready and willing to pull the trigger if their team gets to pick first."

As for Wildcat Bill Walker, he's fallen to the second round, or out of the draft entirely during the final month of the season.

"Those outbursts on the court don't go unnoticed by NBA scouts," Smith said. "The knee injuries have taken away some of his athleticism. While he has some skills, but this is a very deep draft."

NBADraftnet has Beasley No. 1, followed by rose, Brook Lopez of Stanford and Jerryd Bayless of Arizona.

NBADraftExpress goes with Beasley, Rose, Bayless and Lopez. ESPN's top four are Beasley, Rose, Lopez and USC's O.J. Mayo. Only ESPN lists Walker. He's the 45th prospect in the 60-man draft.

Other Big 12 talents listed by the mock draft sites are DeAndre Jordan of Texas A&M, D.J. Augustin of Texas, Blake Griffin of Oklahoma, Darrell Arthur of Kansas, Brandon Rush of Kansas, Richard Roby of Colorado and Darnell Jackson of Kansas.


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