When we look at our Original Draft rankings, in our inaugural issue of Ballin’ Magazine, it was evident, that for this year to be a solid draft, that the underclassmen were going to have to declare in mass for that to happen. And the last ten days has seen just that happen, as top ten talents Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, Marcus Smart, Rodney Hood, Aaron Gordon, and Nick Stauskas joined Andrew Wiggins, Tyler Ennis and Joel Embiid in the 2014 NBA Draft Class! Here’s a look at all the players who’ve opted for the draft in the past ten days:
Our No.1 Prospect Jabari Parker (picture courtesy NCAA) headed to Draft
The Chicago native led Duke to a 26-9 season. He averaged 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.2 assists per game while setting or tying Duke freshman records for points (670), points per game, rebounds (306), double-doubles (14), double-figure scoring games (33) and 20-point games (18). We know many think Wiggins or Embiid will be No.1, but, we feel the smart GM or owner who wants to build a winner will take this multi-skilled wing man with one of the highest basketball I.Q’s in recent years at the top of the Draft!
Rodney Hood headed to Draft
One day after freshman star Jabari Parker officially left for the NBA, fellow Duke forward Rodney Hood did the same.
Rodney Hood, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game this past season. He has length, athleticism and long range stroke will put him in the middle of the first round.
Julius Randle declares for Draft
Randle averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds and was voted to The Associated Press’ All-America third team. He was the difference maker for the Wildcats in the NCAA tourney leading them to the National Championship game. This gifted physical specimen will go early in Lottery based on his potential, but really needs to add the toughness factor to his style. He has all the tools!
Jahii Carson is headed to the NBA.
The Arizona State point guard, Jahii Carson, was a two-time All-Pac-12 first team selection and averaged 18.6 points, 4.6 assists and 4 rebounds while leading the Sun Devils to the NCAA tournament this year for the first time since 2009. He is an exciting player, big question is can he duplicate what Nate Robinson and Isaiah Thomas have done…workout could prove that answer.
UCLA guards Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine are leaving early for the NBA draft.
Anderson, a sophomore from Fairview, N.J., and LaVine, a freshman from Seattle, each said Wednesday that they will forgo their remaining eligibility with the Bruins to start pro careers. Sophomore guard Kyle Anderson averaged 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists this season. LaVine averaged 9.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists while earning Pac-12 all-freshman honors. The two helped lead the Bruins to a 28-9 record, the Pac-12 tournament title and the Sweet 16! Anderson may b a late first round pick, but is going to have to show improved quicks in workouts. Levine struggled late, he was a first roundlock in February, now he may have to earn a spot, stay tuned!
Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson are leaving Arizona for the NBA.
Gordon was named the Pac-12 freshman of the year after averaging 12.4 points and 8 rebounds per game. Johnson led Arizona with 16.3 points per game last season while proving to be one of the nation’s best perimeter defenders. He is a projected second-round pick, according to Ford. They helped lead Arizona to a 33-5 record to fall just a basket short of the Final Four! Gordon is a lock for the top ten, big question is, did Johnson do enough down the stretch to sneak into round one..the upcoming workouts may be the key for Nick.
Michigan sophomores Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas have decided to enter the NBA draft.
Stauskas had a breakout season in 2013-14, averaging 17.5 points while shooting 44 percent from 3-point range and 82 percent from the free throw line. Glenn Robinson had flashes of brilliance while averaging 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds a game while helping the Wolverines to the Elite Eight. Stauskas is expected to go in the top twenty, Robinson is on the fence between round one and two.
Jerami Grant is leaving Syracuse for the NBA.
Jerami Grant averaged 12.1 points and team-leading 6.8 rebounds a game for the Orangemen as they went 28-6 this past season. He joins point guard Tyler Ennis in leaving school for the NBA. Ennis who declared earlier is also projected as a first-rounder. Grant, who’s stock soared late in the year could make two Orange getting picked in round one.
Marcus Smart decides the time is right to head to NBA.
After a controversial year, Marcus Smart, 6-4 power guard from Oklahoma State, decided it was the right time for him to head to the NBA. One year earlier he would have been near the top of the draft..the big question is will he be their again..we think so! Stay Tuned!
Jarnell Stokes is leaving Tennessee to enter the NBA draft.
Stokes averaged 15.1 points and 10.6 rebounds per game to earn first-team all-Southeastern Conference honors this season while helping Tennessee go 24-13 and reach the Sweet 16. He was stellar in the NCAA tournament, where he averaged 18 points and 12.8 rebounds in four games to move into contention for a first round spot.
The timeframe to declare for the Draft ends this Sunday the 27th, so we may see one or two more additions over the weekend. Up next, look for Draft Central to break down our first mock draft prior to the Lottery, next week right here at TBCnets.com.