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Smart, McAdoo Among Underclassmen Turning Pro

See who is stayin' and who will be playin' in the NBA next year.

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With the tournament all said and done, some of the best underclassmen in the NCAA are starting to announce decisions regarding their future. The bigger names sans Wiggins have yet to publicize their plans for the upcoming year, but some lesser touted players have made their intentions clear.

Going Pro

Marcus Smart: The Oklahoma State guard made the questionable decision to forgo the 2013 draft and return for his sophomore season in Stillwater. A likely top three pick last year, Smart had a decent statistical season this year, but was marred by an incident with a fan that warranted a three game suspension. He ended the season averaging 18 points and nearly six rebounds on 42.2% shooting from the floor, all career highs. DraftExpress has him rated sixth overall, while ESPN's Chad Ford has him eighth. Concerns over his character didn't seem to hurt his draft stock (as it shouldn't), but there is no chance I would draft him in the lottery if I were the Sixers. He takes some J.R. Smith-esque shots coming off of ball screens, and at the next level he's best suited running the point.

Jordan Clarkson: Another combo guard has opted to join the NBA fray, this time Missouri's second leading scorer. 6'4.5" with a 6'7.5" wingspan, he possesses a decent mid-range game and shows competency on the defensive end. He averaged 17.5 points and and 3.8 rebounds. DX has him as the 44th overall prospect in this year's draft, but a second round grade wasn't enough to deter him from making the jump. Teammate and Mizzou leading scorer Jabari Brown has also declared for the draft.

James Michael McAdoo: McAdoo's declaration is probably the biggest surprise of the bunch here. After a nice freshman campaign at UNC, JMM never really took off in Chapel Hill. He averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds this past season, but his offensive game isn't much to be excited about. He's a tweener that shoots at a very low percentage. There's certainly something to work with there, but most pundits are not impressed. DX has him 55th overall, and 57th to Chad Ford.


Sam Dekker/Frank Kaminsky: The deadly duo for the Badgers announced they'll return for their junior and senior seasons, respectively. Kaminsky came alive during the NCAA Tournament, most notably a 28 point performance against Arizona. The swingman Dekker is the 23rd rated prospect in the 2015 draft, according to DX.

Other notes

Sources close to Arizona small forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson believe the Chester, Pennsylvania native is leaning towards entering the 2014 draft. RHJ made his presence felt after the Wildcats lost Brandon Ashley. He played real well in big minutes for Arizona, and averaged 9.1 points and 5.7 rebounds a game. DX has him as the 27th overall prospect in 2014.

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