7:30 p.m. today

MCI Center

Tickets: Sold out

TV: TNT

Some of the players expected to be chosen in the first round:

Ron Artest

Age, height, weight: 19, 6-7, 246

College: St. John's (two seasons)

College position: small forward

Projected pro position: shooting guard/small forward

Data: Few players in this year's draft possess Artest's versatility. He shoots three-pointers, makes nifty passes, blocks shots and rebounds. Although he significantly improved his offense between his freshman and sophomore seasons, he remains a much stronger defender than offensive player. He must learn to rein in his emotions. Artest has worked out for nine teams.

William Avery

Age, height, weight: 19, 6-2, 180

College: Duke (two seasons)

College position: point guard

Projected pro position: point guard

Data: Avery, a second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference pick, ran the offense for the Duke team that made it to the '99 NCAA title game. He set Duke's record for three-pointers in a game (eight). He may be the purest long-range shooter among point guards in the draft. He is speedy but prone to quick shots and turnovers. He has worked out for Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle, Minnesota, Golden State, Cleveland and the L.A. Clippers.

Jonathan Bender

Age, height, weight: 18, 6-11, 205

High school: Picayune (Miss.), three seasons

High school position: Center

Projected pro position: Small forward

Data: Bender's impressive performance at the McDonald's All-American game -- he had 31 points to break Michael Jordan's scoring record -- was enough to convince him that he belonged in the NBA, despite his signed letter-of-intent to play for Mississippi State next season. Bender has good rebounding and shot-blocking skills, but his ball-handling, passing and scoring abilities for a player his size make him exceptional. But his slight frame may not be durable enough to withstand the rigors of an NBA season.

Elton Brand

Age, height, weight: 20, 6-8, 260

College: Duke (two seasons)

College position: center

Projected pro position: power forward

Data: The sophomore consensus national player of the year was the first Duke player to announce he was entering the NBA draft early. His soft hands, quick feet and strength enabled him to get double-doubles in 22 of his 60 Duke games. Many believe he could be a great NBA rebounder and have compared him to Charles Barkley. But Brand does not have Barkley's shooting touch, and some doubt his ability to score in the low post. He worked out for Chicago, Charlotte and Vancouver.

Baron Davis

Age, height, weight: 20, 6-2, 210

College: UCLA (two seasons)

College position: point guard

Projected pro position: point guard

Data: Davis recovered fully from a torn left Anterior Cruciate Ligament suffered during the 1998 NCAA Tournament to earn third-team all-American honors. Davis started in 57 of 59 games in his UCLA career and missed just five games due to his injury. He is a spectacular ball handler and athlete with speed and tremendous passing ability. His career free throw percentage is a dismal 63.1%. The Los Angeles native hopes to be chosen by the Clippers.

Steve Francis

Age, height, weight: 21, 6-3, 193

College: Maryland (one year, two years junior college)

College position: point/shooting guard

Projected pro position: point/shooting guard

Data: Francis led two junior colleges (San Jacinto, Tex., and Allegany, Md.) to undefeated regular seasons before his breakout year at Maryland. He has a frenetic style similar to Allen Iverson's and a better jump shot than Iverson did at this stage. He has point-guard skills, creating scoring opportunities for himself and others. He has worked out for Chicago, Charlotte, Vancouver and the L.A. Clippers.

Richard Hamilton

Age, height, weight: 21, 6-6, 185

College: Connecticut (three seasons)

College position: small forward

Projected pro position: shooting guard

Data: Hamilton considered leaving last year but returned to lead the Huskies to their first national title. He was first team all-American, most outstanding player of the 1999 NCAA Final Four and Big East co-player of the year. Hamilton can score from almost anywhere on the floor. He may need to bulk up, but the only weakness in his game is on defense, where he sometimes disappeared. He worked out for the Wizards, Chicago, Vancouver, Charlotte, Minnesota and the L.A. Clippers.

Corey Maggette

Age, height, weight: 19, 6-6, 215

College: Duke (one season)

College position: small forward

Projected pro position: small forward

Data: Maggette is one of this draft's most physically gifted players. He is extremely explosive, strong and aggressive with the ball. His incredible leaping ability negates the advantage of taller defenders. He is inexperienced -- Maggette started just twice last season -- and commits too many turnovers. A number of NBA scouts attended his workout in Chicago, and Maggette also visited Washington, Vancouver, Seattle, Minneapolis, Charlotte and the L.A. Clippers.

Andre Miller

Age, height, weight: 23, 6-2, 203

College: Utah (graduated)

College position: point guard

Projected pro position: point guard

Data: One of few highly regarded seniors in the draft, Miller is a first team all-American who led Utah to the national title game as a junior and set the school career steals record (254). Miller may be the best natural point guard in the draft. He is a mature leader who, through his passing and court vision, makes others better. The downside: He is not as explosive as some, and his outside shot is suspect. Miller worked out for all teams with the top 14 picks except Washington, Vancouver and Phoenix.

Lamar Odom

Age, height, weight: 19, 6-10, 220

College: Rhode Island (one season)

College position: small/power forward

Projected pro position: small/power forward

Data: Odom has guard skills and a big man's body. He can handle the ball in the open court and slash to the basket. He also rebounds and has decent low post moves. His recent erratic behavior -- firing his agent (New York attorney Jeffrey Klein), skipping the league physical, missing workouts with Charlotte and Chicago -- may end up hurting his draft position.

Jason Terry

Age, height, weight: 6-2, 172

College: Arizona (four seasons, has not graduated)

College position: point guard

Projected pro position: point guard

Data: Terry, who led the Pac-10 in scoring, assists and steals last season, might be one of the draft's top defensive guards. Not only is he a tenacious defender, he is also a solid playmaker. He has smooth ball-handling and passing skills. Although he has a quick release on his jump shot, some question whether he can shoot consistently from NBA three-point range. Terry has worked out for 10 NBA teams.

Aleksandar Radojevic

Age, height, weight: 22, 7-3, 245

College: Barton County CC (two seasons)

College position: center

Projected pro position: center

Data: Radojevic had planned to attend Ohio State this fall but was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for playing four games -- a total of 19 minutes -- with a Yugoslavian professional team two years ago. The native of Montenegro moves fluidly around the basket and runs the floor well for someone his size. He has worked out with New York, New Jersey, Boston, Toronto, Seattle, Atlanta, Utah, Minnesota, Vancouver, Cleveland, Golden State and Phoenix.

Wally Szczerbiak

Age, height, weight: 22, 6-8, 243

College: Miami (Ohio) (graduated)

College position: small forward

Projected pro position: small forward

Data: The best pure shooter in the draft, Szczerbiak has spent his workouts trying to prove that he is also a strong, quick athlete. Not highly recruited out of high school, he improved dramatically each season, breaking out at the 1998 Goodwill Games and leading Miami to the Round of 16 in '99. He consistently creates space for his shot, but his ability to beat people off the dribble is questionable. Szczerbiak has worked out for Chicago, Charlotte, L.A. Clippers, Toronto and Minnesota.

CAPTION: Maryland's Steve Francis, Utah's Andre Miller and Duke's Elton Brand will be among the top players chosen in today's NBA draft at MCI Center. The three players have worked out for numerous teams in an effort to enhance their standing.