THE 2015 NBA Draft is just around the corner and teams are gearing up for the best prospects available. Aside from the college stars, this year’s draft will include a Filipino-American.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will get to pick first in one of the most star-studded draft classes ever. After trading for last year’s first overall pick, the Timberwolves will look to strengthen their core for the future.

Karl Anthony-Towns of the University of Kentucky is the favorite to go number one. The seven-foot center is highly regarded as one of the most intimidating presence inside. The game of Towns didn’t materialize in college as he played alongside top big man Willie Cauley-Stein.

Aside from Towns, Jahlil Okafor is also an option for the Timberwolves. Okafor is the most experienced among the two and his skills have been displayed when he played at Duke. The 6’10” power forward has showed immense potential before coming to Duke and even received an invitation from the US Men’s National Team.

On the other side, the Los Angeles Lakers will look to bounce back from a lackluster season as they prepare for the draft. After an injury to Kentucky product Julius Randle, the Lakers have undergone a series of misfortunes losing Kobe Bryant on the process.

The Lakers haven’t built their franchise in drafts as this team wants to win immediately. But they might need to look at the players available on the charts before doing something.

Emmanuel Mudiay would be nice fit for the Lakers. With Jermey Lin uncertain to re-sign, Mudiay could just be the answer the Lakers needed. Mudiay is a great court general who can split between two defenders and make the opponents second-guess.

Players like Sam Dekker, Frank Kaminski and Tyus Jones would surely hit the charts once the draft ends but one thing is quite uncertain; Bobby Ray Parks Jr.

Yes you heard it right, Filipino-American Bobby Ray Parks Jr has decided to enter this year’s draft. The former UAAP MVP showed his full potential during workouts with NBA Teams like the Utah Jazz and the Brooklyn Nets.

Parks Jr was set to play with Division I team Georgetown until he decided to show his talents in the Philippines. Some analysts said his dream in coming to the NBA was over when he played here but the guy seem resilient that he can turn some heads on workouts. John Carlo Villaruel