NBA Mock Draft 2012: Meyers Leonard Not Selected In SB Nation's Mock Lottery

The order of the lottery has yet to be determined, but that hasn't prevented SB Nation's Tom Ziller from releasing another 2012 NBA mock draft. Kentucky big man and Chicago native Anthony Davis has been pegged to go No. 1 overall for months, and indeed, that's where Ziller has him.

Another name of local interest isn't in Ziller's mock lotto, and it registers as a bit of a surprise. Illinois Fighting Illini 7-footer Meyers Leonard left school after his sophomore season and is considered to have rare athleticism for a player his size. By the time the draft rolls around it June, it's very possible Leonard's name will be called in the first 14 picks. At the moment, though, our expert doesn't see it.

There are a trio of big men Ziller currently projects as lottery picks that Leonard could leapfrog. Ziller has Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger going No. 9 to the Detroit Pistons, North Carolina center Tyler Ziller going No. 12 to the Milwaukee Bucks, and Baylor power forward Perry Jones III selected by the Houston Rockets with the No. 14 pick.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of Illini basketball, head over to Hail to the Orange. And for more from around the world of college hoops, check out SB Nation's NCAA basketball news hub.

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