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Daniel Orton

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Although his stats were modest in his lone season at Kentucky, Orton's imposing physical presence is one reason why he could wind up as a first-round pick. The projected power forward/center played in all 38 games for the Wildcats in 2009-10, averaging 13.2 minutes, 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds while serving as sixth man. His 1.4 blocks per game ranked second on the team. Orton, who will turn 20 on Aug. 6, scored in double figures twice with 14 points against Rider and 10 against Hartford, but he averaged only 3.0 points in SEC play. He came to Lexington as one of the nation's top recruits despite missing most of his senior season at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Oklahoma City with a knee injury. As a junior, he averaged 14 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks while helping his school to the last of three consecutive state championships. Orton drew some attention during that season for a backboard-shattering dunk attempt that wound up on YouTube. That strength and a wingspan that's helped him block shots successfully at both levels could convince a team to take a chance on him in the first round. Even if that happens, it might take a couple of seasons until Orton sees consistent playing time.


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