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ANALYSIS: NBA Draft value of Missouri trio

Missouri has had three players selected in one NBA Draft on just one occasion, that being back in 1977. There will be 110 less players selected in Thursday night’s draft, but former Tigers Marcus Denmon, Kim English and Ricardo Ratliffe have a chance to become the second trio of Tigers to have their names called on draft night.

Here’s what various analysts from around the web think about their stock.

Kim English -- 6-foot, 6-inches, 192 pounds I Shooting Guard I 14.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, .521 fg%, .459 3fg%

English flourished while playing a new position in his final season at MU, finishing second on the team in scoring en route to receiving Third Team All-Big 12 Conference honors. English was also named Most Outstanding Player of the Big 12 Tournament before scoring just two points in the Tigers’ loss to Norfolk State in the NCAA Tournament.

Prospect Rankings -- Jeff Goodman, CBS Sports: 40th overall I Jonathan Givony, Draft Express: 54th overall I Chad Ford, ESPN: 34th overall

Draft Projections -- DraftExpress.com: 43rd overall, Atlanta Hawks I NBADraft.net: 35th overall, Golden State Warriors

Marcus Denmon -- 6-foot, 3-inches, 188 pounds I Shooting guard I 17.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, .460 fg%, .407 3fg%

Denmon improved upon his breakout junior campaign last season, leading the Tigers in scoring in addition to hauling in five boards a game, scoring 20-plus points 12 times. Despite being undersized, Denmon has proven himself as an efficient shooting guard capable of carrying his team, similar to the Charlotte Bobcats’ Ben Gordan.

Prospect Rankings -- Goodman: 64th overall I Givony: 58th overall I Ford: 56th overall

Mock Draft Projections -- Draft Express: Undrafted I NBADraft.net: Undrafted

Ricardo Ratliffe -- 6-foot, 8-inches, 244 pounds I Power Forward I 13.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg, .693 fg%

Ratliffe had a superb senior campaign as Missouri’s only true scoring threat in the paint. He fell just short of breaking the NCAA record for field goal percentage, which he flirted with for much of the season. Ratliffe recorded eight double-doubles in his final year in Columbia.

Prospect Rankings -- Goodman: 79th overall I Givony: 72nd overall I Ford: 66th overall

Mock Draft Projections -- Draft Express: Undrafted I NBADraft.net: Undrafted

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