Paul, Taft head this year's sophomores

Updated: January 7, 2005, 12:46 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
Any given sophomore class is usually paydirt for NBA scouts.

Very few players leave after their freshman year, meaning the class is mostly intact. And, with two years of college ball under their belts, the really talented sophomores are usually ready to make the jump to the NBA and make an impact right away.

This year, the top four sophomore players in the country could all be looking at the lottery if they declare. The top two – Wake Forest's Chris Paul and Pittsburgh's Chris Taft – will compete for the top pick in the draft.

Here's a quick look at 10 sophomores whom scouts will be watching this season.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer