NBA mock draft 2014 news now includes murmurs about the draft stock for Jabari Parker. In many 2014 NBA mock draft articles during the college basketball season, he was at or near the top for getting selected. Then on Friday night (March 21), Parker struggled and his Duke Blue Devils got upset by the No. 14 seeded Mercer Bears. Suddenly the reality is that he won't be able to showcase his skills in some of the later games.
Parker isn't the only player that has been harmed by the 2014 NCAA Tournament, as Kansas center Joel Embiid hasn't even been able to play yet. He is dealing with a back issue that caused him to miss the first tournament game for the Jayhawks and now it looks like he will miss the third round game against Stanford. It is another instance where a talented freshman isn't going to get the chance to really show what he can do in the tournament.
Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State was also sent packing by the Gonzaga Bulldogs in his first tournament game, meaning three of the top five possible picks in most 2014 NBA mock draft previews aren't playing this weekend. This sets up a stage where other big names have a chance to move up the board and get noticed by scouts trying to figure out exactly what players deserve to get selected early.
Below are some players that have seen their personal stocks go up in the early rounds, which could in turn lead to them moving up in the NBA Lottery this summer. All five could suddenly become mentioned in the top 10 picks, with the possibility that someone like Julius Randle of Kentucky could move into the top five again.