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2014 NBA draft tracker: An ongoing look at who might end up with the Jazz next season (14 items)

By Jay Yeomans, For the Deseret News

Dec. 5, 2013

Now that we are a quarter of the way through both the college and NBA seasons, it is time to take an in-depth look at the best prospects for the 2014 NBA Draft. There has been more than enough hype surrounding this year’s freshman class and most of it has been warranted.

Players like Jabari Parker and Julius Randle have been great since the season began, while other players have struggled a bit.

There are also plenty of impressive upperclassmen to keep an eye on because of how well they have played.

Here’s a look at what the most gifted draft prospects have done to this point in the NCAA.

Jay Yeomans is a courier by day and a freelance writer by night. He is the creator and lead writer of the website jmoneysports.com. Contact him at jmoney34@hotmail.com. Twitter: @jmoneysports

1 of 14. Jabari Parker, Fr., Duke:

Parker has been as good as advertised for the Duke Blue Devils. He has shown great ability to knock down the outside jumper, although he has struggled with the three-ball as well as being able to get to the rim off the dribble. He has fit in seamlessly in the Duke system and is one of the big reasons why the Blue Devils are currently ranked No. 10 in the country.

Parker is averaging 22.1 points a game will shooting 54.8 percent from the field. Even with his recent difficulties with the three-point shot, he is still shooting 46.7 percent from distance. Free-throw shooting is where he has had the hardest time. He is shooting just 72.5 percent from the line in just under six attempts a game.

Parker is more than just a scorer, however. He is a great rebounder for his position and can stuff a stat sheet. In nine games, Parker is averaging 7.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.1 steals.

2 of 14. Rodney Hood, So., Duke:

Like Parker, Hood has shown the proclivity to shoot the ball at a very high percentage. He has a great stroke from anywhere on the floor in his first season with the Blue Devils. In the young season, Hood is shooting 58.9 percent from the field, 53.6 percent from three-point range and 83.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Hood is averaging 19.3 points to go along with five rebounds, 1.9 assists and a steal a game.

3 of 14. Andrew Wiggins, Fr., Kansas:

After a solid start to the season, Wiggins has tailed off a bit in recent games. Some of that has to do with all the weapons that the Jayhawks have, and some of it has to do with his aggressiveness on offense. Wiggins doesn’t look for his shot on a regular basis, which is why he is attempting just over 10 shots a contest.

Wiggins' athleticism is the one thing fans cannot question. He has great quickness and jumping ability makes him lethal on the break.

Wiggins is averaging 14.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals a game.

4 of 14. Wayne Selden Fr., Kansas:

Selden is a big, strong guard with nice touch, but he doesn’t shoot the ball very often. In fact, Selden has attempted just 7.1 shots per contest so far this year.

Selden is averaging 9.4 points, three rebounds and 2.3 assists for the 6-1 Jayhawks.

5 of 14. Joel Embiid, Fr., Kansas:

Embiid has been impressive considering the amount of minutes he gets each night. He averages just 17.7 minutes a game in large part because of foul trouble.

Despite minimal playing time, Embiid has shown the ability to score the ball, rebound and block shots.

In seven games, Embiid is averaging 9.1 points, seven rebounds and 2.3 blocks.

Look for his numbers to go up, if he can stay out of foul trouble.
1. Dibs
Alpine, UT,
Dec. 6, 2013

It will be fun to see which of these top players becomes NBA stars.

2. gehelmke
Bastrop, TX,
Dec. 6, 2013

Where I am extremely interested in the upcoming draft, after perusing this list, I came away feeling a huge gap in the info area.....One stat which is important in the game of basketball, a stat which can't be enhanced with coaching, is height.......Yet this analysis didn't give the height (or weight) of a single one of these prospects.,,,Here are some stats about the ones I consider to be the top three:
Randle is 6'9" 225 PF.....Parker is 6'8" 220 SF...Wiggins is 6'7" 205 SF

3. rvalens2
Burley, ID,
Dec. 6, 2013

I too, am disappointed this article didn't give the height, weight and position played.