Just take a look back at the 2013 NBA Draft results and see how many prospects drafted in the lottery who nobody would have ever guessed would have been drafted that high a year prior. In the summer of 2012, Shabazz Muhammad was widely the favorite to be projected #1. Many had James McAdoo and Alex Poythress as Top 5 picks who needed another year in college so badly that they ended up staying.
Victor Oladipo the #2 pick was rarely projected to even be a 1st round pick a year prior to the 2013 draft. Quite a few knew about Ben McLemore's talents despite not being ranked too high in high school but he missed his true freshmen season due to academic reasons. KCP was another quietly talented prospect who climbed up the charts. Trey Burke did have a successful freshmen season at Michigan but many just pictured him as a four year player due to his size. CJ McCollum could have been drafted high last year but he was barely exposed until Leigh's epic upset over Duke. Michael Carter-Williams rode the bench for Syracuse in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and Kelly Olynyk most likely wouldn't have started his true junior year at Gonzaga so he redshirted. Not saying all of these guys could do the same let alone make it big but here's 5 players who could potentially climb up the charts.
MITCH MCGARY MICHIGAN- McGary is starting to go pretty high in a lot of mock drafts but I'll put him on this list anyway. After falling all the way from #2 to #26 in the 2012 class rankings, he proved us wrong about his fall on the charts at the end of last season. Okay yeah he started off very slow as he didn't even start for the first half of last season but once he broke out, he was one of the main reasons why Michigan made it to the championship game. If Michigan would have won, he could have very well even been the NCAA Tournament MOP. Not only is he a rebounding machine but he can also has an incredible motor for his size. McGary and GR3 are gonna be the new leaders for the Wolverines and expecting McGary to maybe even potentially get some All-American honors next year.
MONTREZL HARRELL LOUISVILLE- Harrell has monster athleticism for his size and had a breakout performance in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships. With UL losing Dieng and Van Treese in their front court that right away gives Harrell more playing time and a likely starting job next year. He does need to work on his outside shot a bit but his motor and size give him great NBA potential.
JOHNNY O'BRYANT III LSU- Now stepping up as the leader for the Tigers and after averaging nearly a double double last year, don't close your eyes on Johnny O'Bryant. He has an incredible ability to rebound on both offense and defense. He will fight for the rebound every time the ball does not land in the basket. He also attacks the basket aggressively when he is down low on offense. However he doesn't have the toughness to dunk on his opponents consistently and he can float around at times if he is not being coached properly. He began to break out for the Tigers once league began and if he can play like that for most of next season, I'll take Johnny O'Bryant as a potential sleeper.
JORDAN ADAMS UCLA- Not a lot knew about Adams' talents prior to the start of last year. He then outplayed Shabazz Muhammad a number of times last year. Has a great outside shot and is not afraid to attack the basket at all. He also has a great body for the NBA but is also a little over weight at the same time. Also needs help defensively but now with Shabazz no longer at UCLA, that gives Adams a lot more shots to take and I don't see any other player on UCLA with the potential to be their leading scorer.
TYLER ENNIS SYRACUSE- I personally would rank Ennis ahead of Semaj Christon, Spencer Dinwiddie, Kasey Hill and maybe Andrew Harrison. Go ahead and neg me but as crazy as that might sound, look at the guys I mentioned who were drafted high this year. Every time I've watched this guy I've been very impressed. He's very quick and coordinated, averaged over 20 points for Canada in the U19 World Championships and just really knows how to score. He could improve at getting his teammates involved but just because he was the 5th ranked PG for the Class of 2013 does not mean he was the 5th best PG at all. He obviously will be taking MCW's role at Syracuse next year and he looks like a one and done candidate to me.
Glad you have O'Bryant on this list very underrated player
My guy is Joe Bertrand from Illinois. Elite athlete, awesome mid range game, solid from long distance, superb defender.
Spencer Dinwiddle is 6'6" and a very talented scorer and shot creator. I think he could be a late riser.
Kyle Anderson, UCLA?
Jones is the reigning JUCO player of the year and is a tough guard who can get to the rim. I've seen comparisons to Sherron Collins and Kemba Walker, but if I had to compare him to someone, it would be Isaiah Cannan. Both are undersized but very physically strong, competitors, and can score. He's the likely replacement for Siva so he should get a lot of playing time to showcase his skills.
Ross was considered one of the best high school players in the country until an injury set him back (I think it was his ankle but I'm not sure.) He's long and around 6'9" but needs to get stronger. He's a pretty good ball handler and a good shooter. With Thomas out of the picture at OSU, Ross should have a lot of playing time and be one of their go-to guys. If he handles the pressure well and puts up good numbers, I wouldn't be surprised to hear his name towards the end of the lottery.
I really think that Chris Jones is going to do big things next year...
1.AJ Hammonds from Purdue will be among the nation's most improved players..
2.Przemek Karnowski The 7 footer from Gonzaga ..
4.Micheal Chandler-Northwest Florida CC...
you mean the Michael Chandler from Lawrence north? are you sarcastic or serious?
I'm interested in watching Jahii Carson and Jordan McRae play this season
jerian grant at pitt. He does it all and has come up clutch for them and I also think cj fair will help a nba team significantly. For everybody that mentioned McGary i see it. The way he plays with passion, force and utilizes his touches should fuel inspiration to all young big men. I know he has been climbing up draft boards and I believe if he has a good season and improves i think he should be considered the number 1 center in the draft.
Jerian Grant goes to Notre Dame
Rodney Hood, SF Duke
Sir'Domenic Pointer, SF St Johns
Elfrid Payton, PG LA Lafayette
Kadeem Batts, PF Providence
Juvonte Reddic, PF VCU
Georges Niang, PF Iowa St
Gotta disagree on Niang. Although a big with a nice outside shot, he had even sub par strength and athletic ability at the college level and played much of the year at center for ISU. At 6'7", What position is he at the next level?
He is not really a prospect for next years draft since he is only a sophomore, but he has a lot of nice skills for perimeter 4 and he is capable of playing inside. He logged major minutes as a freshman and performed well which is always encouraging. The guy is a winner and really worked hard to make a huge jump as a prospect and he should continue to improve. Im just a really big fan of his game
Gary Harris looked very impressive and mature beyond his years, he's worth keeping an eye on. I also wonder how Isaiah Austin will respond after losing Jackson, does he step up or blink?
Not really a big pick to watch but Cleanthony Early was part of Wichita State's impressive run and I'm intrigued to see if he can help his team win against stiffer competition.