Before players reach the NBA, they must hone their skills in college, where they learn how to calculate the trajectory and initial velocity of a successful high-five. Study up on the stars of tomorrow with this GrouponLive deal to see the 2012 NBA Draft Presented by State Farm in person at the Prudential Center in Newark on Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $11, you get one ticket for upper-level seating (a $22.90 value, including all fees).
- For $14, you get one ticket for mezzanine seating (a $28 value, including all fees).
The best available seating in each section will be assigned at the time of purchase.
With another season etched into the record books, basketball's elite congregate at the Prudential Center to decide the fate of 60 of the game's burgeoning talents. After winning the draft lottery, which determined the team order by forcing owners to slam-dunk numbered ping-pong balls, the New Orleans Hornets will tip off the evening with the coveted first selection. All signs point to 19-year-old power forward Anthony Davis as the presumptive pick, following an exceptional freshman season at Kentucky in which the 6'9" defensive powerhouse led the NCAA with 187 blocked shots—more than double his school's previous record. Like a neighbor's mailbox, the rest of the field is filled with exciting surprises, including such likely top-five prospects as forward Andre Drummond, who put up 10 double-doubles last season with Connecticut, and power forward Thomas Robinson, whose near-record 463 rebounds with Kansas recalled that school's other king of the backboard—Wilt Chamberlain.
Once the home of the team formerly known as New Jersey Nets, the Prudential Center holds a special significance for Anthony Davis; the last time he stepped off its court, Kentucky was on its way to the Final Four as the NCAA's East Regional champions. This time, he—and 59 of his talented peers—will leave the arena headed to an even brighter future.