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NBA draft tracker: Senior prospects who may end up with the Utah Jazz (13 items)

By , For the Deseret News

May 5, 2014

Although the extraordinary freshman class and a few other underclassmen have taken most of the headlines about the 2014 NBA draft, there are plenty of talented seniors who left their mark on college basketball this season. Doug McDermott of Creighton won every major National Player of the Year award and was an Associated Press first team All-American. Three other seniors also earned AP first team All-American honors; Shabazz Napier of UConn, Russ Smith of Louisville and Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati. Even though none of the seniors are expected to be selected in the first few picks, plenty of them will hear their name called on draft night. Here is a look at the seniors who have a chance to be drafted, including a handful of players who may end up in a Jazz uniform.

1 of 13. Doug McDermott, Creighton

McDermott is an incredible scorer who left Creighton as one of the best players to ever play college ball. The three-time first team All-American totaled more than 3,100 points in his four seasons as a Blue Jay. Even though he had a dominant career, McDermott saved his best for last as a senior.

He averaged a career-high 26.7 points on 52.6 percent shooting from the floor to go along with seven rebounds. His most impressive game of the season came in a March win over Providence when McDermott scored 45 points on 17-of-25 shooting.

For his career, McDermott averaged 21.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 145 games.

2 of 13. Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

Napier is an ultra quick point guard who was a first team All-American after leading the Huskies to their second national championship since he stepped on campus. Napier averaged 18 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.8 steals a game as a senior. His most impressive game of the season came in a February win over Memphis when Napier finished with 34 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

For his career, Napier averaged 13.7 points, four rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.8 steals in 143 games.

3 of 13. Adreian Payne, Michigan State

Payne is a post player with a nice outside touch who has shown amazing growth in his time at Michigan State. Payne went from a little-used bench player as a freshman to a major piece at one of the most dominant programs in college basketball. As a senior, Payne averaged 16.4 points on 50.3 percent shooting as well as 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists. His most impressive game came in an NCAA tournament win over Delaware when Payne scored 41 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor, 4-of-5 from behind the arc and a perfect 17 for 17 from the free-throw line.

For his career, Payne averaged 8.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 138 games for the Spartans.

4 of 13. Cleanthony Early, Wichita State

Early was a huge reason Wichita State has had so much success the last two seasons. He exploded on the national scene with a pair of 20-point performances as the Shockers made a run to the 2013 Final Four, including a 24 point, 10 rebound outing in the national semi-final loss to Louisville. A year later, Early averaged 16.4 points and 5.9 rebounds a game as Wichita State finished the regular season undefeated. His most impressive game of the season came in an NCAA tournament loss to Kentucky when Early registered 31 points on 12-of-17 shooting to go along with seven rebounds.

For his career, Early averaged 15.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in 75 games.

5 of 13. C.J. Wilcox, Washington

The shooting guard from Pleasant Grove High School had a very successful career in his four seasons with the Huskies. As a senior, Wilcox averaged 18.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, one steal and a block a game. His most impressive performance came in a January win over Colorado when Wilcox scored 31 points on the strength of a 7-of-12 shooting night from behind the arc. That night, Wilcox also added four rebounds, two assists, two steals and four blocks.

For his career, Wilcox averaged 14.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 131 games for Washington.
1. Doug10
Roosevelt, UT,
May 6, 2014

Even with deep pockets the Jazz are hurting as they have no stars and nobody on this list is going to step into the NBA and make a huge impact their first 2-3 seasons.

The Jazz used to have a history of winning. When you look at the teams in the first round of the playoffs it is apparent the Jazz do not belong there, it is sad to see on the current course it might be years before the Jazz can play at the playoff level again.

The community is looking to Lindsay to make it happen and bring it together. The team needs to trade for a star that can gather the team and take them on his back to the next level. The team also needs a coach to lead and demand better play and defense from the existing players.

Mr Lindsay we await your first salvo.