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2014 NBA draft tracker: college basketball season review (13 items)

By , For the Deseret News

April 10, 2014

Now that the college basketball season has come to an end and underclassmen have started to declare for the upcoming NBA draft, it is a perfect opportunity to take a look at the season's that the biggest NBA prospects had for their respective schools and to get to know who may be available for the Utah Jazz to select.

Even though the Jazz only have a few games remaining in their lackluster season it is still unclear where they will be drafting with either of their first-round picks. With that in mind, here is the list of the best possible players from the college ranks available in the draft should they all make themselves eligible. Of these players only Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Marcus Smart and Noah Vonleh have declared for the draft to this point.

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1 of 13. Jabari Parker, freshman, Duke

Thanks to an impressive performance from the Mercer Bears in the second round of the NCAA tournament, the freshman year of Parker ended with a whimper instead of a bang. In his only tournament game, Parker totaled just 14 points on 4-of-14 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and four turnovers. The poor showing by Parker on the game's biggest stage shouldn't effect his draft stock if he declares after averaging 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.2 blocks a game for the year.

2 of 13. Rodney Hood, sophomore, Duke

A season that started with so much promise ended on a down note for Hood. He made just 15 of 45 shots from the field over his last four games including a 2-of-10 performance in the upset loss to Mercer. Although he didn't shoot it well against the Bears, Hood managed to grab six rebounds and hand out five assists before fouling out. For the season, Hood averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists a contest.

3 of 13. Andrew Wiggins, freshman, Kansas

After knocking off Eastern Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA tournament thanks to 19 points from Wiggins, Kansas fell victim to the upset bug losing a nail-biter, 60-57, to the Stanford Cardinal. The loss coincided with one of the least effective games of Wiggins' year with the Jayhawks. He finished with only four points on 1-of-6 shooting as well as four rebounds and two blocks. Just like Parker, the early departure of Kansas won't alter Wiggins' draft stock in the slightest. For the season, Wiggins averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals and one block a game.

4 of 13. Joel Embiid, freshman, Kansas

Embiid had his season finish even earlier than his Kansas teammates thanks to a back injury that sidelined him for the last six games of the season. Even though his season ended prematurely, Embiid is still considered a top-level prospect. For the season, Embiid averaged 11.2 points on 62.6 percent shooting as well as 8.1 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 1.4 assists per game.

5 of 13. Aaron Gordon, freshman, Arizona

Gordon and the Arizona Wildcats had a nice run in the NCAA tournament before falling to the Wisconsin Badgers, 64-63, in the West Regional Final. During that run, Gordon showed that he could do a bit of everything on the floor, except make free throw. In fact, Gordon had personal tournament highs of 18 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, four steals and five blocks. For the season, Gordon averaged 12.4 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block a game.