Kids in general have a natural tendency to procrastinate. Putting off a mandated assignment when you have plenty of time to do it sounds fun until you wake up on the day it's due and have nothing finished. Of course that never happened to me. However, for any underclass college basketball players looking to turn pro this summer, they were shit out of luck if they had yet to declare by April 27th. Memphis power forward Shaq Goodwin and Oklahoma State swingman LeBryan Nash quietly opted to return to school.
UCLA's Jordan Adams had a sudden change of heart. After initially announcing plans to return for his junior season, the great Woj reported he would indeed declare for the 2014 draft. The 19-year-old shooting guard had a tremendous sophomore season, averaging 17.8 points on 48.5% shooting from the field. Draft Express has him 28th on their big board, and could go anywhere between the late first and early second round.
I've been riding the Adams hype train round trip this year, so his declaration is music to my ears. There is absolutely nothing special about his game. Zero. He isn't a flashy dunker like Zach LaVine, and he isn't as strong attacking the lane like Kyle Anderson. What he is though, is a pure, knock down shooter from anywhere on the floor. He's a willing rebounder, a nice attribute in a two guard, and was seventh according to KenPom.com in steal percentage. Adams' issue is he has a tendency to cheat a lot (hence the inflated steals numbers), and is an average on ball defender. Everyone and their mother seems to compare him to a poor man's James Harden, and offensively speaking, there are worse things to be compared to. I see him as a future sixth man, and if he's on the board with the second pick in the second round I want him on this team.
Also officially declaring his Croatian sensation Dario Saric, his agent posted on Twitter. He also made sure to note that Dario does not necessarily have to come to the NBA this season if drafted, as well as the early withdraw date of June 16th. Saric withdrew from the 2013 NBA draft, and it wouldn't come as a total shock if he did it again. DX has him the 9th best prospect, but with concerns about him making the jump across the pond anytime soon, he could slide later into the first. That situation is worth keeping an eye on. The only other big name Euro prospect draft fans are waiting on is fellow Croatian Mario Hezonja.
Here is the DraftExpress early entry list, which is now essentially complete.
UPDATE: Hezonja won't be entering the draft. Real bummer. 2015 is looking real nice. One more year of tanking, anyone?