With just 60 picks in Thursday night's draft, there's going to be quite a few underclassmen names not called.
As many as 43 underclassmen ended up staying in the draft, and with college seniors and international players, some may have received bad advice from agents, coaches, executives, etc.
You see it every year, a player like Eric Moreland entered his name in the draft. Who? I'm thinking the same thing, the junior out of Oregon State didn't even average double digits at Oregon State.
Let's take a look at some other names you may be more familiar with, but may not hear their name Thursday night:
- LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State
- Roscoe Smith, UNLV
- Khem Birch, UNLV
- Jakarr Sampson, St. Johns
- James McAdoo, North Carolina
- Alex Kirk, New Mexico
- Sim Bhullar, New Mexico State
Then others who aren't even on draft radars:
- William Alston, Baltimore County CC
- Mychal Ammons, South Alabama
- Antonio Rucker, Clinton JC
- Ta'Quan Zimmerman, Thompson Rivers, Canada
Here's the complete list of the 43 entrants. That number was reduced to 42 with the tragic news of Isiah Austin from Baylor, who was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome and can no longer play competitive basketball.
It's pretty much a given that at least 30 underclassmen will get drafted, but there will be some nervous times for the borderline picks as the night goes on. Underclassmen will dominate the lottery, as 12 of the first 14 picks will most likely be underclassmen. Dante Exum from Australia and Doug McDermott out of Creighton are looking the most likely international player/college senior to be drafted first in those categories.
An estimated 10-15 international players will be drafted, and that should be a similar scenario for the college seniors. The international scene in the NBA for the 2013-2014 season saw records of 92 international players from 39 countries. The world champion San Antonio Spurs had 10.
Even if the underclassmen are drafted in the second round, they may not even make the NBA team. Since 2004, 98 of the 300 picks have not played in the NBA. Even worse, less than half (141) have two or more years of experience.