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Super six sleepers in the NBA draft

Updated: June 21, 2011, 3:28 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

This year's NBA draft is about potential, potential, potential. Of course, it is that potential which can get a coach fired so the next guy can benefit from the draft pick, baby!

It usually takes three to five years to really evaluate how well a draft pick works out. Last year, just a few players averaged double figures as a rookie, so it takes time to have an impact.

[+] EnlargeKenneth Faried
Don McPeak/US PresswireKenneth Faried led the nation in rebounding while at Morehead State.

When I look at this year's draft, and it is one of the weakest in my 32 years as a TV analyst, I still see a number of sleepers. My list of the super six sleepers features guys the public may not know that much about, but the scouts and teams know they can play.

Over the years, players like Dennis Rodman, Jeff Hornacek, Michael Redd, Tony Parker and many more have developed when they were passed over early in the draft.

Here are my super six sleepers for this year's draft:

Marshon Brooks, Providence -- The NBA can always use a good scorer, and Brooks can flat-out do that. He averaged more than 24 points and 36 minutes per game last season. Brooks scored a Big East-record 52 points vs. Notre Dame. In the middle of the first round, he will make an NBA team very happy.

Kenneth Faried, Morehead State -- At 6-foot-8, some may consider him undersized. My friends, he dominated on the glass in college and has been compared to a future Rodman. If you don't think he can play, go ask Rick Pitino, whose Cardinals were upset by Morehead State. Faried had double-doubles against the likes of Ohio State and Florida last season.

Charles Jenkins, Hofstra -- Like Brooks, Jenkins is a scorer. He doesn't have the same size (Jenkins is 6-2 1/2, Brooks is over 6-5), but his ability to score may make him a steal. He was the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year twice, and that is an underrated league. Jenkins can attack the basket and shoot from long range.

Nikola Vucevic, USC -- You cannot teach size, and at 6-foot-11 he can be a factor at the next level. Remember, he played for former NBA head coach Kevin O'Neill last season. He can also stand out on the glass.

Shelvin Mack, Butler -- He helped Brad Stevens' team make the national championship game in consecutive years. I like how his athleticism will translate to the pros. Mack is a flat-out winner.

Chandler Parsons, Florida -- I saw him in person enough times to love his versatility. He can pass well for a bigger player (6-foot-9). Parsons also can hit from 3-point range.

There you have it, my super six sleepers to keep an eye on come draft night. Let's see where they end up.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.