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The 2014 NBA draft tracker: Wiggins and Parker end the regular season with a bang (13 items)

By , For the Deseret News

March 10, 2014

It took until the last week of the regular season of college basketball, but we finally saw the kind of performances from Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins that showed they are starting to reach their enormous potential. The same can't be said about the heralded freshman class for the Kentucky Wildcats as they fell for the eighth time on this season to the No. 1 ranked Florida Gators.

Here is a look at how the most highly sought after college basketball players have fared as of late.

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1 of 13. Jabari Parker, freshman, Duke

After a bit of a dip in his production during the middle of the season, Parker has bounced back nicely as of late. He finished the regular season with six consecutive double-doubles, including one of his best games on the year on Saturday. Against arch-rival North Carolina, Parker scored a career-high 30 points on 10-of-17 shooting while grabbing 11 rebounds.

For the year, Parker is averaging 19.2 points and nine rebounds a game.

2 of 13. Rodney Hood, sophomore, Duke

Hood had his shooting numbers come down to earth after a slump midway through the ACC schedule. He has shot better as of late, including a 24-point burst on 8-of-13 shooting from the field against the Tar Heels.

For the season, Hood is averaging 16.5 points, four rebounds and two assists a contest.

3 of 13. Andrew Wiggins, freshman, Kansas

Wiggins definitely saved his best for the last game of the regular season. In a 92-86 loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers, Wiggins came up huge for the Jayhawks and showed everybody why NBA scouts have been drooling over his abilities for a long time. He scored a career-high 41 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the floor and 15-of-19 from the free-throw line. Wiggins also added eight rebounds, two assists, five steals and even four blocked shots.

4 of 13. Joel Embiid, freshman, Kansas

Embiid has missed the last two games for Kansas after suffering a back injury late in the season. He is a tremendous rebounder and shot blocker who was playing well at the time of the injury.

For the season, Embiid is averaging 11.2 points on 62.6 percent shooting to go along with 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks a night.

5 of 13. Aaron Gordon, freshman, Arizona

Gordon has had an up-and-down season production-wise for the highly ranked Wildcats. A lot of that has to do with the fact that Gordon struggles a great deal from the free-throw line, where he shoots 44.7 percent. He has shot a little better lately, including a 7-of-12 clip on Saturday as part of a 21-point, eight-rebound performance in a 64-57 loss at Oregon.

For the season, Gordon is averaging 12.3 points and 7.8 rebounds a game.