The 2014 NBA draft tracker: Projecting the Utah Jazz big board

With the NBA draft just right around the corner and the Jazz in possession of three very valuable picks, there is no better time to take a look at all of the best players available to be selected and to prognosticate as to who the Jazz like the most of the bunch.  The Jazz had plenty of these players in for workouts, but had to do their study of other from afar.

Here is a glance at what the Jazz draft board might look like heading into Thursday night’s draft

60. Cory Jefferson, 6-9, 220, Forward, Baylor: Jefferson is an undersized power forward with a great motor and impressive length.  During his four years of college, Jefferson transformed his game from a little used shot blocker, into more of a complete player.  His most impressive statistical season came as a junior in 2012-13 when Jefferson put up 13.3 points on 61 percent shooting from the field while adding eight rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 37 games.

For his Baylor career, Jefferson averaged 8.9 points on 54.3 percent shooting and 5.6 rebounds in 130 games.

59. Melvin Ejim, 6-6, 220, forward, Iowa State: Ejim is a powerful small forward who is a great offensive rebounder and finisher in the paint.  He has improved the range on his jump shot Over his four years as a cyclone and turned himself into a serviceable outside threat.  Ejim had his best season by far as a senior in 2013-14 when he won the Big 12 Player of the Year after averaging 17.8 points on 50.5 percent shooting from the field.  He also added 8.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 34 games.

For his Iowa State career, Ejim put up an average of 12.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 135 games.

58. Jordan McRae, 6-6, 185, guard, Tennessee: McRae is a shooting guard with solid touch from the perimeter who is more than just a shooter. What sets McRae apart is his ability to score from all over the floor.  McRae is also a good shot blocker thanks to his length.  He was at the top of his game in 2013-14 when he averaged 18.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and one block in 37 games.

For his Tennessee career, McRae put up 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and nearly a block in 114 games.

57. Khem Birch, 6-9, 220, forward, UNLV: Birch is an undersized power forward who has the ability to dominate on the defensive end of the floor because of his freakish athleticism.  Birch is a quick leaper with long arms and good reaction time.  Where he is most impressive is as a shot blocker where Birch averaged 4.8 blocks per 40 minutes in college.  His most impressive season came as a junior in 2013-14 when Birch put up 11.5 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 3.8 blocks in 33 games.

During his UNLV career, he averaged 9.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in 59 games.  He played his freshman year at Pittsburgh, but appeared in just 10 games.

56. Markel Brown, 6-3, 190, guard, Oklahoma State: Brown is a solid scorer with an impressive midrange game.  Brown has shown steady improvement with his shot over four seasons with the Cowboys (39.4 percent as a freshman to 47.3 percent as a senior). Along with his overall percentage, Brown has also improved his shooting number from beyond the arc and at the free-throw line.  His best overall season came as a senior in 2013-14 when he averaged 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, one steal and one block in 34 games.

For his Oklahoma State career, Brown averaged 12.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and one steal in 134 games.

55. Semaj Christon, 6-3, 190, guard, Xavier: Christon is an explosive point guard who can really get to the rim and create contact.  He gets to the free-throw line at a very high rate (6.6 attempts a game in two seasons), but he doesn’t always make the opponents pay when he gets there (67 percent).  He is also a solid on-ball defender who has the ability to keep up with the most athletic guards.  His best season came as a sophomore in 2013-14 when he averaged 17 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 34 games.

For his Xavier career, Christon averaged 16.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.4 steals in 64 games.

54. James Michael McAdoo, 6-9, 230, forward, North Carolina: McAdoo is a remarkable physical specimen who underachieved during his time as a Tar Heel.  McAdoo is most effective As as scorer when he gets to the offensive glass, or when he gets the ball in the paint.  His most productive season came as a sophomore in 2012-13 when he averaged 14.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 36 games.

For his North Carolina career, McAdoo averaged 11.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, one assist and 1.2 steals in 108 games.

53. Joe Harris, 6-6, 225, guard, Virginia: Harris is an impressive outside shooter who was able to score the ball from the minute he stepped on campus.  Harris isn’t the most athletic wing which is one of the reasons why he does most of his damage from the outside (1.9 3-point makes per game).  His most impressive statistical season came as a junior in 2012-13 when he averaged 16.3 points on 42.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc, four rebounds and 2.2 assists in 35 games.

For his Virginia career, Harris averaged 12.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 135 games.

52. Roy Devyn Marble, 6-6, 200, guard-forward, Iowa: Marble is a shooter from the midrange who has a good handle and great passing skills for a shooting guard.  He is also does a nice job getting to the rim and drawing contact (six free-throw attempts per game in 2013-14).  His most impressive season came as a senior in ’13-14 when he averaged a career-high 17 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.8 steals in 33 games.

For his Iowa career, Marble averaged 12.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals in 136 games.

51. Isaiah Austin, 7-1, 225, center, Baylor: Austin is an athletic big man who can really run the floor in transition.  Austin isn’t build to bang in the NBA game because of his extremely slight frame, but has the length and reach to be an impressive shot blocker at any level.  His most impressive season came as a freshman when he averaged 13 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.7 blocks in 35 games.

For his Baylor career, Austin averaged 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 2.4 blocks in 73 games.

50.  Jabari Brown, 6-5, 214, guard, Missouri: Brown is an impressive outside shooter with great range who also has the ability to get to the free-throw line (7.6 attempts per game in ’13-14).  Brown really showed his ability to score the ball at high level during his two years on the floor for the Tigers.  His most impressive season came in 2013-14 when Brown averaged 19.9 points on 41 percent shooting from behind the arc, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 35 games.

For his Missouri career, Brown averaged 17.3 points, four rebounds and 1.7 assists in 60 games.  Brown began his career at Oregon and appeared in two games before transferring.

49.  LaQuinton Ross, 6-8, 220, forward, Ohio State: Ross is an extremely long small forward who stepped up his game in a big way during his junior season.  After averaging 8.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 37 games as a sophomore Ross took more of a scoring and rebounding load in 2013-14.  That season he put up 15.2 points and 5.9 boards in th 35 games for the Buckeyes.

For his Ohio State career, Ross averaged 10.6 points and four rebounds in 81 games.

48.  Damien Inglis, 6-8 240, forward, Roanne (France): Inglis is a physical specimen with an incredible wingspan.  Inglis has a great handle for his size and loves to attack the basket.  He also has solid touch from the perimeter where he shot 38.7 from 3-point range in 2013-14.  Inglis is also a solid rebounder from the wing position and should be an asset on the defensive end of the floor from the minute he steps on an NBA court.  Inglis played limited minutes during the ’13-14 season, but managed to averaged 4.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and one assist through 27 games according to DraftExpress.com.

47. Dwight Powell, 6-10, 240, forward, Stanford: Powell is a do-everything big man who can score with his back to the basket as well as knock down the midrange jumper.  Powell is the perfect high post power forward because of his ability to pass the ball and also make the 15 footer. He earned significant minutes from the moment he stepped on campus, but was especially effective during his junior and senior campaigns.  2012-13 was his most impressive statistically as Powell averaged career highs in points (14.9 per game), rebounds (8.4 per game) and blocks (1.1 per game).

For his Stanford career, Powell averaged 10.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 136 games.

46. Thanasis Antetokounmpo, 6-6, 205, forward, Delaware 87ers (D-League): Antetokounmpo is a freak athlete who is trying to follow his little brothers foot steps in the NBA.  He spent the 2013-14 season in the D-League playing for the Delaware 87ers where he was able to show off his immense potential.

For his time with the 87ers, Antetokounmpo averaged 12 points on 46.9 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 4.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks in 50 contests.

45. Russ Smith, 6-0, 165, guard, Louisville: Smith has always been an impressive on ball defender because of his quickness and should make an NBA roster for that skill alone. After an impressive season in 2012-13 where Smith was the leading scorer on the National Championship Cardinals, he showed off much more of an all-around game as a senior.  Smith spent more time running the show and proved that he can be a solid facilitator and not just a scorer.  That season, Smith averaged 18.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists and two steals in 37 games.

For his Louisville career, Smith averaged 14.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.9 steals in 133 games.

44. Jahii Carson, 5-10, 180, guard, Arizona State: like Burton, Carson is solid at running the show as a point guard, but looks to score a great deal.  Carson is a bit on the small side, but makes up for that with his reach and tremendous leaping ability.  He uses that explosiveness to get to the rim and draw fouls (6.2 free-throw attempts per game).  Carson is also a creative passer who loves to get into the lane and drop the ball off to his teammates for open looks.  His most impressive season came as a freshman in 2012-13 when he averaged 18.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 35 games.

For his Arizona State career, Carson averaged 18.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and one steal in 68 games.

43. Deonte Burton, 6-1, 190, guard, Nevada: Burton is a score first point guard who has great lift going to the rim and loves to do damage from the free-throw line (6.4 attempts per game).  Even though he has the ability to score the ball at a very high level, Burton is also a very solid distributor.  His most productive season with the Wolf Pack came as a senior in 2013-14 when he averaged 20.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.5 steals in 32 games.

For his Nevada career, Burton averaged 16.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, four assists and 1.3 steals in 130 games.

42. Artem Klimenko, 7-0, 242, center,  Avtodor Saratov (Russia): Klimenko spent the 2013-14 campaign playing in the Russian second division for Avtodor Saratov.   Klimenko doesn’t really have an offensive skill set as of yet in the half court, but hits the glass very hard and draws plenty of fouls.  He is also known to get his fair share of transition baskets because he runs the floor well.

For the season, he averaged 14.8 points on 57.4 percent shooting from the field and seven rebounds a game, according to DraftExpress.com.

41. Johnny O’Bryant, 6-9, 256, forward, Louisiana State: O’Bryant is a big body on the block with improving athleticism and an impressive wingspan.  He is at his best when he is attacking the offensive glass to get easy put backs.  His most impressive season with the Tigers came as a junior in 2013-14 when he averaged 15.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

For his Louisiana State career, O’Bryant averaged 12.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 91 games.

40. Nick Johnson, 6-3, 200. guard, Arizona: Johnson is an undersized shooting guard with nice touch from the outside and good explosiveness.  Johnson took on more of a scoring role during his junior year and walked away with the Pac 12 Player of the Year for his efforts.  That season, Johnson averaged 16.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 38 games.

For his Arizona career, Johnson averaged 12.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals in 108 games.

39. DeAndre Daniels, 6-9, 195, forward, Connecticut: Daniels was a huge part of the UConn run to the National Championship because of his ability to knock down the big shot.  Daniels is a great spot up shooter who has improved his range a great deal on his jumper over the three seasons he spent with the Huskies.  He is also an impressive weak side shot blocker on the defensive end.  His best season came as a junior in 2013-14 when Daniels averaged 14.1 points on 41.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc, six rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 38 games.

For his Connecticut career, Daniels averaged 9.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 99 games.

38. Spencer DinWiddie, 6-6, 200, guard, Colorado: DinWiddie is on the mend from a torn ACL which he suffered midway through the 2013-14 season.  When healthy, He does two things really well on the offensive end of the floor, shoot the ball from 3-point range (41.3 percent in ’13-14) and get to the free throw line (seven attempts a game last season).  His best scoring season came as a sophomore in 2012-13 when he averaged 15.3 points to go along with 3.2 rebounds, three assists and 1.3 steals in 33 games.

For his Colorado career, DinWiddie averaged 13 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 86 games.

37. Bogdan Bogdanovic, 6-6, 200, guard, Partizan Belgrade: Bogdanovic is a sweet shooting wing player who has a good handle and the ability to run an offense.   He also has the ability to be effective on defense because of his long arms and quick feet.  According to DraftExpress.com, he spent the 2013-14 season with Partizan who play in both the Adriatic league and the EURO league.  During his 25 Adriatic league games he averaged 15 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.2 steals.  In EURO league action he put up 14.8 points on 37 percent shooting from 3-point range, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.6 steals in 23 games.

36. Patric Young, 6-9, 240, forward, Florida: Young is the kind of player that every NBA team needs because of his skills as a post defender and ability to hit the offensive glass.  Young is a well-built power forward who is a solid finisher around the rim, but who struggles mightily when he gets to the free-throw line (56.9 percent).  While Young has been very consistent over his last three years with the Gators, his most impressive season came in 2011-12 when he averaged 10.2 points on 61.8 percent shooting from the floor, 6.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 37 games.

For his Florida career, Young averaged 8.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 150 games.

35. Vasilije Micic, 6-6, 202, guard, KK Mega Vizura: Micic is a big point guard who looks more to create than to score.  He is a good penetrator and can score in the paint, but doesn’t have much of an outside touch at this point (28.9 percent from 3-point range in ’13-14).

Micic played in the Adriatic league in 2013-14 and put up solid numbers with 12.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.8 steals in 25 games, according to DraftExpress.com.

34. Walter Tavares, 7-3, 265, center, Gran Canaria: Tavares has a very similar skill set to that of Rudy Gobert.  Tavares is very long which gives him plenty of opportunity to alter and block shots.  His size also gives him a leg up as a rebounder.  He doesn’t get very many touches on the offensive end of the floor but can score at the rim and has decent touch from the free-throw line (72.2 percent in last season).  In 2013-14 he averaged six points on 58.5 percent shooting, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 35 games, according to DraftExpress.com.

33. Mitch McGary, 6-10, 255 ,forward, Michigan:  McGary was an unexpected early entry candidate to the draft after a back injury forced him to sit out much of the 2013-14 season.  He is a beast on the both ends of the floor as a rebounder and also a solid finisher around the rim even though he doesn’t have much of a post game. Even though his season was cut short in 2013-14, McGary still put solid numbers when he was on the floor.  That season, he averaged 9.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.9 steals in eight games.

For his Michigan career, McGary averaged 7.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 47 games.

32. Jordan Clarkson, 6-5, 193, guard, Missouri: Clarkson is a good athlete who loves to get to the rim.  He has a solid midrange game, but struggled with his outside shot a great deal during his lone season on the floor at Missouri (28.1 percent from 3-point range).  Even with his less than stellar shooting performance from distance, Clarkson managed to score at an excellent clip because of his ability to draw fouls and knock down free-throws (83.1 percent on 5.6 attempts in 2013-14).  His most impressive collegiate season came in ’13-14 when he averaged 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 35 games.

For his career, Clarkson averaged 15.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 93 games for Missouri and Tulsa.

31. Glenn Robinson III, 6-6, 220, forward, Michigan: Robinson has great length and is a terrific athlete who can really finish with authority around the rim.  Robinson is great in the open court because of his leaping ability.  Robinson has an impressive pedigree as well.  His father had a long and successful NBA career after being selected with the no. 1 pick in the 1993 draft. His most productive season came as a freshman in 2012-13 when Robinson averaged 11 points on 57.2 percent shooting to go along with 5.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists and one steal in 39 games.

For his Michigan career, Robinson averaged 12 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and one steal in 76 games.

30. Jarnell Stokes, 6-8, 260, forward: Tennessee: Stokes is a big, bruising power forward who does nearly all of his damage on the offensive end in and around the bucket.  Stokes has an impressive wingspan and if very athletic for his size.  While not a polished offensive player at this time, Stokes knows how to use his frame to get easy baskets on the offensive glass.  His most productive season came as a junior in 2013-14 when he averaged 15.1 points on 53.1 percent shooting from the floor, 10.6 rebounds and two assists in 37 games.

For his Tennessee career, Stokes averaged 13 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks in 87 games.

29. Jerami Grant, 6-8, 210, forward, Syracuse: Grant is a terrific finisher around the basket and is one of the best overall athletes in the draft.  Grant has a limited offensive game at this point in his career, but can really score when he gets into open space because of his length and leaping ability.  Grant had his best season by far in 2013-14 when he averaged 12.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 32 games.

For his Syracuse career, Grant averaged 7.5 points and 4.7 rebounds in 72 games.

28. T.J. Warren, 6-8, 233, forward, North Carolina State: The 2013-14 ACC Player of the Year can do one thing really well on the basketball floor, score the ball.  He doesn’t have great touch from the perimeter but really knows how to use his body to get into the paint and finish.  After a solid freshman campaign, Warren took on much more responsibility in ’13-14 and proved he was more than worthy of the task.  That season, Warren averaged 24.9 points on 52.5 percent shooting from the field, 7.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.8 steals in 35 games.

For his North Carolina State career, Warren averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, one assist and 1.5 steals in 70 games.

27. Shabazz Napier, 6-1, 180, guard, Connecticut: The two-time NCAA champion is one of the most NBA ready players in this draft.  Napier has a quick first step, great court vision, and the ability to take and make big shots.  Add in the fact that Napier has great touch from beyond the arc and you can why he was so successful at the college level.  His most productive season came as a senior in 2013-14 when he averaged 18 points on 40.5 percent shooting from 3-point range, 5.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.8 steals in 40 games.

For his Connecticut career, Napier averaged 13.7 points, four rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.8 steals in 143 games.

26. Jusef Nurkic, 6-11, 280, center, Cedevita: Nurkic is has a big frame and can really bang on the inside both offensively and defensively without getting pushed around.  He has nice touch around the rim and is a solid rebounder.  Although his minutes have been limited because of foul trouble, Nurkic is a scoring threat whenever he is on the floor.  He also gets to the free-throw line a ridiculous rate where he has a nice touch.

According to DraftExpress.com, Nurkic averaged 11.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 16.6 minutes a game in Adriatic league play in ’13-14 to go along with 8.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 15.4 minutes a night in Eurocup action.

25. C.J. Wilcox, 6-5, 195, guard, Washington: Wilcox is an impressive spot up shooter who has deep range on his jumper.  He is one of the players who shows the value of playing four years of college ball.  As a freshman, Wilcox was used as a 3-point specialist and not much else, but has since turned himself into an all-around player.  His most productive season came as a senior in 2013-14 when he averaged 18.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, one steal and a block in 32 games.

For his Washington career, Wilcox averaged 14.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 131 games.

24.  Jordan Adams, 6-5, 220, guard, UCLA: Adams has a fantastic mid range game on and is a fantastic free-throw shooter when he gets to the line (83.9 percent on five attempts a game). Adams did a little bit of everything in his two years with the Bruins.  Adams can score the ball at a high rate, is a solid rebounder and is fantastic in the defensive passing lanes.  His most productive season came as a sophomore in 2013-14 when he averaged 17.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.6 steals in 36 games.

For his UCLA career, Adams averaged 16.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.4 steals in 69 games.

23.  K.J. McDaniels, 6-6, 200, forward, Clemson: McDaniels is a freak athlete who plays much bigger than his 6-6 frame thanks to his jumping ability and tremendous reach.  Those two things make him a fantastic on ball defender and a great shot blocker.  McDaniels loves to attack the basket and is a good finisher around the rim.  He doesn’t shy away from contact and gets to the free-throw line on a regular basis because of it.  His best season came as a junior in 2013-14 when he averaged 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.8 blocks in 36 games.

For his Clemson career, McDaniels averaged 11 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 94 games.

22. P.J. Hairston, 6-6, 220, Guard, Texas Legends (D-League) : Hairston played two seasons at North Carolina before spending the 2013-14 season in the D-league.  During his time in the D-league Hairston proved that he can really score the ball.  During his time with the Texas Legends, Hairston showed impressive touch from the perimeter and the ability to really attack the rim.  Hairston doesn’t look to distribute all that often but has shown solid skills on the defensive end of the floor.

In 26 games for the Legends, Hairston averaged 21.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals.

21. Cleanthony Early, 6-8, 219, forward, Wichita State: Early likes the spotlight as much as any player in this draft.  He played his best during the Shockers most important games.  Early has good range on his jumper and all the intangibles to be a solid NBA player.  His most impressive season Came in 2013-14 when he averaged 16.4 points on 48.4 percent shooting to go along with 5.9 rebounds in 36 games.

For his Wichita State career, Early averaged 15.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in 75 games.

20. Tyler Ennis, 6-2, 180, guard, Syracuse: Ennis is a fantastic young point guard who can get it done on both ends of the floor.  He is a solid on-ball defender and one of the best floor generals in college ball during his freshman season.  Ennis is your prototypical pass-first lead guard, but can also score the ball when in big spots.

In his lone college season, Ennis averaged 12.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.1 steals in 34 games.

19. Clint Capela, 6-11, 222, forward-center, Chalon: Capela is extremely thin, but has great length and good athleticism for a guy his size.  Capela doesn’t have a great face up game, but can really score around the basket and is a dynamic offensive rebounder.  The one spot where he needs extra work is at the free-throw line where he shot less than 60 percent in the French league to go along with a 47.6 percent clip in Eurocup, according to DraftExpress.com.

In 2013-14, Capela averaged 9.4 points on 63.2 percent shooting, 6.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 33 games in league play as well as 11.2 points on 71.8 percent shooting from the floor, 6.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 10 Eurocup games, according to DraftExpress.com.

18. Elfrid Payton, 6-3, 180, guard, Louisiana-Lafayette: Payton dominated the sun belt conference with his aggressive, attacking style.  Payton is at his best when he gets into the paint where he can finish at the rim, draw fouls or get his teammates involved with pinpoint passing.  His most productive season came as a junior in 2013-14 when he averaged 19.2 points, six rebounds. 5.9 assists and 2.3 steals in 35 games.

For his career, Payton averaged 14.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists and two steals in 100 games.

17. Rodney Hood, 6-8, 215, forward, Duke: Hood is a sweet shooting small forward who is at his best when spotting up on the perimeter.  Hood was the second option for the Blue Devils during his only season on the floor for Duke and he produced in a big way.  He averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists 35 games.

For his college career, Hood averaged 13.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 67 contests.

16.  Zach LaVine, 6-5, 180, guard, UCLA: LaVine is a great athlete who can jump out of the gym.  He also has a solid look stroke with good range.  He didn’t have much production as a part-time player for the Bruins who were already loaded in the backcourt with the likes of Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams.

During his lone season with UCLA, LaVine averaged 9.4 points on 37.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc, 2.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists in 37 games.

15. James Young, 6-6, 215, guard, Kentucky: Young is a tremendous athlete who loves the 3-point shot, but can also put the ball on the floor and get to into the paint.  Once he gets into the lane, Young is one of the best finishers in the draft.  Young is also an impressive on-ball defender because of his length.

In his only season of college ball, Young averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists.

14. Kyle Anderson, 6-9, 230, guard, UCLA: Anderson has the skills of a point guard in the body of a forward.  He is one of the most multi faceted players in the draft because of his ability to do just about everything on the floor.  Anderson had his most productive season as a sophomore in 2013-14 when he averaged 14.6 points on 48.3 percent shooting from behind the arc, 8.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.8 steals in 36 games.

For his UCLA career, Anderson averaged 12.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, five assists and 1.8 steals in 71 games.

13. Adreian Payne, 6-10, 245, forward-center, Michigan State: Payne is another one of the players who really benefited from playing four years of college basketball.  He made huge improvements each year and finished his career as one of the best players in the country.  Payne is a stretch four who has great touch from the perimeter.  His best season came as a senior in 2013-14 when he averaged 16.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting from behind the arc, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 31 games.

For his Michigan State career, Payne averaged 8.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and one block in 138 games.

12.  Gary Harris, 6-4, 210, guard, Michigan State: after a solid freshman campaign, Harris shouldered much of the load for the Spartans in ’13-14 and improved in every area of his game (other than 3-point shooting percent).  Harris is a volume jump shooter who is terrific in the midrange and also solid from behind the arc.   Harris has also shown the ability as a solid on ball defender who is also dangerous in the passing lanes.  His best season came as a sophomore in 2013-14 when he averaged 16.7 points, four rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals in 35 games.

For his Michigan State career, Harris averaged 14.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, two assists and 1.6 steals in 69 games.

11.  Doug McDermott, 6-8, 225, forward, Creighton: McDermott is one of the best scoring small forward college basketball has seen in a long, long time.  He is an effective scorer from all over the floor, but he shines the most from behind the arc where he shot 45.8 percent on 598 attempts during his four seasons as a blue Jay.  He is also a solid rebounder and a top-notch free-throw shooter.  One of his most productive seasons came as a sophomore in 2011-12 when he averaged 22.9 points on 60.1 percent shooting from the floor, including 48.6 percent from 3-point range.  He also averaged 8.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 35 games.

For his Creighton career, the three-time All-American averaged 21.7 points on 55 percent shooting, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 145 games.

10. Dario Saric,6-10, 223, forward, Cibona Zagreb: Saric is an extremely skilled all-around offensive player.  He has solid touch from the outside and love to take the ball to the rim thanks to an impressive handle for a player his size.  He is aggressive at hitting the offensive glass and gets to the free-throw a lot (5.7 attempts per game in the Adriatic league).  He also has good enough length to be effective in the passing lanes.

According to DraftExpress.com, Saric averaged a league-leading 16.7 points to go along with 9.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 28 Adriatic league games as well as 12.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and oe steal in 10 Eurocup games.

9. Nik Stauskas, 6-6, 205, guard, Michigan: Stauskas is one of the top shooters in this draft and also a very solid passer.  After earning plenty of minutes as a 3-point specialist during his freshman season, Stauskas showed that he was a lot more than just a shooter in 2013-14.  That year he earned the Big 10 Player of the Year award after he averaged 17.5 points on 44.2 percent shooting from behind the arc, 2.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 36 games.  Allow his assist number don’t blow you away, Stauskas is a good passer with great vision.

For his Michigan career, Stauskas averaged 14.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 75 games.

8. Marcus Smart, 6-4, 220, Oklahoma State: Smart did just about everything well except knock down the long-range jumper and keep his cool during his two seasons in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  Smart is an excellent penetrator who cam finish at the rim no matter how much contact comes.  His most productive statistical season came as a sophomore in 2013-14 when he averaged 18 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.9 steals in 31 games.

For his Oklahoma State career, Smart averaged 16.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.9 steals in 64 games.

7. Aaron Gordon, 6-9, 225, Forward, Arizona: Gordon Is a fantastic athlete with all the physical tools to be a big time NBA player.  Where he is most NBA ready at this point is on the defensive end of the floor where Gordon can guard multiple positions and is a solid shot blocker.  Gordon didnt have a spectacular offense showing as a freshman, but proved he could step out and shot the 3-point shot on occasion as well as the ability to hit the offense boards and finish with power once he had the ball in close.

In his only season in college, Gordon averaged 12.4 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a block in 38 games.

6. Julius Randle, 6-9, 250, forward, Kentucky: Randle is a dominant rebounder who is one of the most polished players of an impressive freshman class.  Randle is at his best when he gets deep post position because he is a solid finisher around the rim.  Randle can also face up and take the ball to the rim off the bounce. That is an effective part of his game because he often draws contact and gets to the free-throw line.  Once at the line, Randle has shown good form and a soft touch in shooting 70.6 percent in 7.2 attempts per game.

In his lone season at Kentucky, Randle averaged 15 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and one block in 40 games.

5. Noah Vonleh, 6-10, 240, forward, Indiana: Vonleh has steadily moved up draft boards because of his size and versatility.  Vonleh is a great rebounder who can score from inside and out.  The most intriguing part of his game is the fact that he shot 48.5 percent from the 3-point line in limited attempts and good touch from the free-throw line where he shot 71.6 percent in 4.5 attempts per game.  Vonleh also showed nice timing as a shot blocker and should only get better as he matures.

For his only season at Indiana, Vonleh averaged 11.3 points on 7.2 field goal attempts, nine rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 30 games.

4. Joel Embiid, 7-0, 250, center, Kansas: the only reason why Embiid sits at the four spot is because of a troubling foot injury that required surgery and will likely keep him out for most of his freshman season.  When healthy, Embiid is a versatile big man who has great instincts As a passer and a shot blocker.  He also has great touch for a big man and can really finish around the rim.

During his one season at Kansas, Embiid averaged 11.2 points on 62.6 percent shooting from the field, 8.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.6 blocks in a little more than 23 minutes a game.

3. Dante Exum, 6-6, 196, guard: Exum chose an interesting road to the NBA since he didn’t play for a competitive team in the last year.  That plan hasn’t seemed to hurt his stock at all thanks to his size and ball handling ability. His last game film came from the 2013 FIBA under 19 World Championship, where Exum led Australia to a fourth place finish.

During those games, Exum showed that he could be a big time scorer and also a great facilitator.  In his nine games in the U19’s Exum averaged 18.2 points, 3.8 assists and 1.7 steals, according to DraftExpress.com.

2. Jabari Parker, 6-8, 235, Forward, Duke: Parker is built in the mold of current NBA star Carmelo Anthony.  He has 3-point range, a great mid range game and enough moves and athleticism to get to the free-throw line on a regular basis.  Parker can also really rebound the basketball on both ends of the floor.  He has also shown the ability to be a solid shot blocker from the weak side .

For his one season at Duke, Parker averaged 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.2 blocks in 35 games.

1. Andrew Wiggins, 6-8, 200, guard, Kansas: Wiggins is a once in a generation type athlete.  He is as explosive as they come and has the potential to do just about everything on the floor at a high level.  Wiggins has a nice looking stroke from both inside and out to go along with decent range on his jump shot.  He is a solid rebounder from the wing position and is an excellent on ball defender because of his quick feet and willingness to work.

In his only season at Kansas, Wiggins averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals and one block in 35 games.

 

 

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