2014 NBA Draft tracker: season review

Now that the college basketball season has come to an end and underclassmen have started to declare for the upcoming NBA draft it is a perfect opportunity to take a look at the season’s that the biggest NBA prospects had for their respective schools and to get to know who may be available for the Utah Jazz to select.  Even though the Jazz only have a few games remaining in their lackluster season it is still unclear where they will be drafting with either of their first round picks.  With that in mind, Here is the list of the best possible players available in the draft should they all make themselves eligible from the college ranks.  Of these players, only Wiggins, Embiid, Smart and Vonleh have declared for the draft to this point.

Jabari Parker, freshman, Duke: thanks to an impressive performance from the Mercer Bears in the second round of the NCAA tournament, the freshman year of Jabari Parker ended with a whimper instead of a bang.  In his only tournament game, Parker totaled just 14 points on 4-of-14 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and four turnovers.  The poor showing by Parker on the game’s biggest stage shouldnt effect his draft stock if he declares after averaging 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.2 blocks a game.

Rodney Hood, sophomore, Duke:a season that started with so much promise, ended on a down note for Hood as he made just 15-of-45 from the field over his last four games including a 2-of-10 performance in the upset loss to Mercer.  Although he didn’t shoot it well against the Bears, Hood managed to grab six rebounds and hand out five assists before fouling out.  On the season, Hood averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists a contest.

Andrew Wiggins, freshman, Kansas: after knocking off Eastern Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA tournament thanks to 19 points from Wiggins, Kansas fell victim to the upset bug losing a nail biter 60-57 at the hands of the Stanford Cardinal.  The loss coincided with one of the least effective game’s of Wiggins’ year with the Jayhawks.  He finished with only four points on 1-of-6 shooting as well as four rebounds and two blocks.  Just like Parker, the early departure of Kansas wont alter Wiggins’ draft stock in the slightest.  On the season, Wiggins averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals and one block a game.

Joel Embiid, freshman, Kansas: Embiid had his season finish even earlier than his Kansas teammates thanks to a back injury that sidelined him for the last six games of the Jayhawks’ season.  Even though his season ended prematurely, Embiid is still considered a top-level prospect.  For the season, Embiid averaged 11.2 points on 62.6 percent shooting as well as 8.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.6 blocks a game.

Aaron Gordon, freshman, Arizona: Gordon and the Arizona Wildcats had a nice run in the NCAA tournament before falling to the Wisconsin Badgers 64-63 in the West Regional Final.  During that run, Gordon showed that he could do a little bit of everything on the floor (except make free-throws).  In fact, Gordon had individual tournament highs of 18 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, four steals and five blocks.  For the season, Gordon averaged 12.4 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block a game.

Marcus Smart, sophomore, Oklahoma State: even though the Cowboys fell to Gonzaga in the second round of the NCAA tournament, Smart did his best to show the world what he could do on the floor.  In the eight-point loss to the Bulldogs, Smart finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and six steals.  For the season, Smart averaged 18 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.9 steals a game.  Despite his struggles this season, Smart managed to improve his scoring, shooting, rebounding and assists numbers per game from his freshman year.

Julius Randle, freshman, Kentucky: Randle and his teammates had a remarkable run from an 8-seed all the way to the National Championship game before falling in a close contest to the Connecticut Huskies.  Randle was a huge part of the Wildcats’ tournament success with four straight double-doubles in their first four games.  He didn’t have his best game in the National Title however as Randle finished with just 10 points and six rebounds to go along with four assists.  For the season, Randle averaged 15 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists a night.

James Young, freshman, Kentucky: Young showed his incredible athleticism and shooting range throughout the course of the tournament and was one of many bright spots for the Wildcats along the road to the NCAA Championship game.  Young had one of his better games on the season against UConn registering 20 points and seven rebounds in the six-point loss.  For the season, Young averaged 14.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists a game.

Andrew Harrison, freshman, Kentucky: while his brother was taking all the big shots, Andrew was running the show for Kentucky.  While his shooting numbers were down for most of the tournament, Harrison displayed the ability to create great looks for his teammates in handing out 30 assists over six games.  Harrison finished his freshman year with an eight point, five rebound, five assist and three steal effort against the Huskies.  For the season, Harrison averaged 10.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and four assists a game.

Aaron Harrison, freshman, Kentucky: while his numbers in the tournament don’t blow you away, Harrison’s ability to knock down huge shots definitely should.  Harrison hit huge 3-point shots in three consecutive games including two game winners to propel the Wildcats to the final.  He didn’t have the same success again UConn making just 1-of-5 five shots from behind the arc on his was to seven points.  For the season, Harrison averaged 13.7 points, three rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals a game.

Glenn Robinson III, sophomore, Michigan: Robinson ended the season on a strong note with four consecutive games with at least 13 points to help the Wolverines advance all the way to the Midwest Regional Final before dropping a heartbreaker to Kentucky.  After struggling with his outside shot for much of the season, Robinson knocked down 6-of-10 shots from behind the arc in the NCAA tournament, including five of his last six attempts.  for the season, Robinson averaged 13.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists a game.

Gary Harris, sophomore, Michigan State: Harris did his best to carry the load for the Spartans, but it was enough as Michigan State dropped a 60-54 contest to the UConn Huskies in the East Regional Final.  On that night, Harris finished with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting as well as two rebounds and two assists.  On the season, Harris averaged 16.7 points, four rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals a game.

Noah Vonleh, freshman, Indiana: The season did not end well for Vonleh or his Indiana teammates.  Vonleh missed two of the Hoosiers’ last four games before finishing the season with a combined 13 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks as Indiana lost their final two games of the year.  With that, Vonleh’s college career ended after just 30 games.  During that time, Vonleh averaged 11.3 points on 52.3 percent shooting, nine rebounds, and 1,4 blocks a game.

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