As happens as the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NBA draft a few late surprises hit the wires this week. Here’s a quick look at the last group of players who declared for this June’s 2014 draft:
UCLA’s Jordan Adams changes mind will go early
Jordan Adams, who averaged 17.4 points per game last season, becomes the third member of the Bruins to declare for this year’s draft, joining point guard Kyle Anderson and reserve guard Zach LaVine, according to a release from the school.
“Jordan informed us yesterday that he has decided to enter this year’s NBA Draft, “Alford said in a statement. “He had two terrific seasons while at UCLA. I enjoyed coaching him this past season and wish him and his family all the best.”
DeAndre Daniels opts for NBA Draft.
Daniels, a 6-8 combo forward, exploded onto the Draft boards with a strong NCASA tournament headed by a 27 point and 10 rebound effort versus Iowa State.
He averaged 13 points and six rebounds this past season, before blowing up during the Huskies’ run to the national title. He will be sorely missed next year in Storrs. His college coach Kevin Ollie was very complimentary in his statement on Daniels’ decision.
“DeAndre has made an enormous contribution to the success we have enjoyed at UConn, both on the court and in the classroom,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said in the statement. “Besides being an outstanding basketball player, he is a quality young man. We wholeheartedly support the decision he has made and wish him nothing but success as he moves ahead with his basketball career. He will always be part of our UConn family.”
UNLV big man Khem Birch headed to the NBA
6-9 UNLV junior big man Khem Birch made his announcement to head to the draft via twitter this week.
“After careful consideration with my family Coach Rice and inner circle I’ve decided to declare for the 2014 NBA draft” @MTLsGift #rebel4Life
He averaged 11.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocks last season. He looked to be poised for a huge year with the Rebels, but surprised us with his decision to join the draft, especially since he isn’t guaranteed a first round slot.
Michigan Big man headed to draft
After recently testing positive for Marijuana and facing a year long suspension, 6-10 Michigan big man Mitch McGary has decided to put his name into the NBA draft.
He would have been a huge iece to the puzzle for next year’s Wolverines, but with a year long suspension facing him, he felt the NBA was the right option at this point.
Watch more individual player breakdowns plus a look at a Mock Draft in the next week, right here at TBCnets.com.