Apr 03, 2014 03:47 PM EDT
Final Four 2014: The Best NBA Draft Prospects Still Playing in the NCAA Tournament
With only four teams left to play for the NCAA men's basketball title, there is a small group of players whose NBA Draft decisions are being put on hold.
The draft class is already fairly deep and boasts an impressive first-round group of lottery selections. Shabazz Napier, Juilius Randle and Frank Kaminsky are just among some of the top players in the Final Four auditioning for a higher draft selection.
First, the top college players who have already declared include Kansas' Andrew Wiggins, UCLA's Zach LaVine, Syracuse' Tyler Ennis, UNC's James McAdoo and N.C. State's T.J. Warren.
Then there are some players who reportedly on the fence about declaring, like Kansas' Joel Embiid, Michigan State's Gary Harris, Duke's Jabari Parker, Arizona's Aaron Gordon and Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart.
Then, there are the players still playing.
Kentucky's Julius Randle was already expected to enter the draft before his team unexpectedly beat opponents like Wichita State, Louisville and Michigan to reach the Final Four. He averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game as a freshman power forward and NBA scouts already love him.
UConn's Shabazz Napier and Florida's Scottie Wilbekin will face off in what should be an epic one-on-one matchup. Both seniors are the leaders and catalysts for their team and are attracting lots of positive attention by playing their way towards a title.
DeAndre Daniels fits into the forward-guard hybrid mold that is so popular in today's NBA. His superb play in the tournament could either translate to draft stock or attention during what would be his senior season next year.
Frank Kaminsky came out of nowhere to average 14 points and seven rebounds for Wisconsin this season. As a seven-foot forward-center, Kaminsky may not have the rebounding strength NBA scouts want, but he has come up huge shooting the ball during the tournament.
James Young, Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison round out an extremely talented freshmen lineup for Kentucky, a team very much known for producing premium freshmen talent. Each has contributed in their own way to Kentucky's terrific run.
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