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.
Michigan State shooting guard Gary Harris had 10 points for the Spartans in their second round 2014 NCAA Tournament game against Delaware. After averaging 17.1 ppg and 4.2 rpg during the regular season, he will look to improve upon that in a third round game against Harvard on March 22.
Kentucky freshman power forward Julius Randle had a very impressive second round game against Kansas State in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. He had 19 points and 15 rebounds to his credit, thrusting his name on to many headlines around the nation. He will look to continue that tournament success against No. 1 seed Wichita State next.
Zach LaVine is a freshman shooting guard from UCLA that wasn't considered to be in the top 10 of many NBA mock drafts until recently. After UCLA dispatched of Tulsa in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, they get to now play SF Austin for a spot in the Sweet Sixteen and possibly a date with Florida. It's the perfect opportunity for his stock to go even higher if he can post a great game.
UCLA wing player Kyle Anderson posted 8 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals in a second round NCAA tournament game against Tulsa. He showed many facets to his game and proved that he is a talent that scouts will have to pay close attention to over the weekend. UCLA next plays SF Austin, giving Anderson another chance to shine. If they win that game they advance to play (likely) Florida on the national stage.
Doug McDermott of Creighton was a stud in his first game of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. McDermott went for 30 points and 12 rebounds against Louisiana-Lafayette in the second round and will get another chance to shine against Baylor in the third round. The senior forward has been turning a lot of heads and that could continue with more success for Creighton in the tournament.