Burlison: the NBA, Afflalo and Farmar

Frank Burlison, Scout.com's national basketball columnist, enlists the opinion of a few NBA sources to gauge the draft stock of both Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar, as the two decide whether to submit their name into the upcoming NBA draft...

As UCLA's coaches – and fans – await the official word from Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar concerning their decisions on whether to "test the NBA Draft waters" by (at least preliminarily) entering their names into the pool of eligible underclassmen, some NBA scouting personnel already have shaped some opinions of the Bruins' standout sophomore guards.

Based on what NBA teams' representatives have seen of the All-Pacific 10 Conference selections during their first two seasons, Farmar seems the more likely to be selected in the first round if either or both elect to forfeit their final two seasons of NCAA eligibility to go all the way with the draft process.

Two scouting directors (from franchises in the Western and Eastern Conferences) contacted Monday tentatively project Farmar as going in the "25 to 30" range of the first round and see Afflalo as a possible "early to mid-second round" selection, if both stay in the draft.

"I think Farmar is quicker than some people believe he is," the scouting director for the Western Conference team said. "But he is a little turnover-prone right now and isn't nearly the consistent shooter he needs to be."

As for Afflalo, he said "Arron is a very tough kid who plays hard all the time and defends well. But I don't see great ‘athleticism' and his shot needs to be a lot more consistent, as well."

The scout watched Farmar and Afflalo as high school players and doesn't buy into the suggestion of some that UCLA's offensive style and tempo hampers players' ability to demonstrate their NBA offensive potential.

"(UCLA coach) Ben Howland has done wonders for those kids," he said. "Both would help their (NBA) stock by coming back to UCLA next season."

The deadline for college underclassmen to enter their names into the draft pool is April 29. Underclassmen must withdraw their names by June 18 (the draft will be held on June 28) in order to maintain their NCAA eligibility for the following season.

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