2014 NBA Draft: 10 Second-Round Sleepers To Keep An Eye On

10 Second-Round Sleepers To Keep An Eye On

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Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid are more than likely going to go 1-2-3 (no specific order) in the 2014 NBA Draft. After that, there are no guarantees. Heck, there are no guarantees that all 10 players on this list will get drafted. Regardless, let’s take a look at 10 second-round sleepers to keep an eye on in this summer’s draft.

Patric Young, Florida

Patric Young 2014 NBA Draft
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Patric Young, Florida

Patric Young 2014 NBA Draft
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Patric Young is one of the most physically gifted players in the entire NBA draft. The guy is a beast. He could definitely use a lot of work on his offensive game, which is probably why he is not getting a whole lot of hype. Still, he is a good defender, rebounder and a workhorse.

Jordan Adams, UCLA

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Jordan Adams, UCLA

Jordan Adams 2014 NBA Draft
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Jordan Adams had a great season for the UCLA Bruins. He averaged 17.4 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game and 2.6 steals per game. Adams may not be the most athletic player in the draft, but he is still a good scorer.

Jabari Brown, Missouri

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Jabari Brown, Missouri

Jabari Brown 2014 NBA Draft
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Jabari Brown averaged 19.9 points per game and shot 41 percent from behind the arc in the SEC. Now, I know the SEC gets its fair share of criticism, but Kentucky made the national championship and Florida made the Final Four. The conference clearly wasn’t that bad. Regardless, Brown is a terrific shooter and very athletic.

Bryce Cotton, Providence

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Bryce Cotton, Providence

Bryce Cotton 2014 NBA Draft
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Bryce Cotton was one of the best scorers in college hoops this past season (21.8 points per game). He isn’t tall (6-foot-1) and he isn’t super athletic, but he knows how to score the basketball. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the team with the most points wins the game. Cotton could definitely help a team out with that scoring thing, assuming he has a smooth transition to the NBA level.

Isaiah Austin, Baylor

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Isaiah Austin, Baylor

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Isaiah Austin is one of my favorite players in the draft for the simple fact that he has a very high ceiling. (He kind of needs to since he is 7-foot-0.) Jokes aside, Austin is athletic, he can shoot and he isn’t bad with the ball in his hands. IF Austin reaches his potential, he is going to be a superstar. Who knows if he will do that, though.

Aaron Craft, Ohio State

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Aaron Craft, Ohio State

Aaron Craft 2014 NBA Draft
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Who knows if Aaron Craft will get drafted or not. Regardless, you have to love what he brings to the table. He is clutch, he plays great defense, he cares more about the team than how many points he can rack up and so much more. Craft is nowhere near being the most talented or skilled player in the draft, but he works very hard. Everyone likes a hard worker.

DeAndre Kane, Iowa State

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DeAndre Kane, Iowa State

DeAndre Kane 2014 NBA Draft
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DeAndre Kane is already 24 years old. So what if he is a bit on the older side. If you watched him play at all for Iowa State this past season, you saw a very talented player who was sometimes the best player on the floor. He is a great player and it is as simple as that. Let his game do the talking, not his age.

Nick Johnson, Arizona

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Nick Johnson, Arizona

Nick Johnson 2014 NBA Draft
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Nick Johnson was a top five player in college basketball this season. He is a great defender, he can shoot and his athleticism is one of his strongest points. A little undersized (6-foot-3)? Sure, but Johnson has a lot of talent. If he wants to succeed bad enough, he will.

Semaj Christon, Xavier

Semaj Christon 2014 NBA Draft
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Semaj Christon, Xavier

Semaj Christon 2014 NBA Draft
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Semaj Christon was not the best playmaker in college hoops this past season, but he still had a productive year. He averaged 17 points per game and 4.2 assists per game. He is also athletic and could turn into a fine player with some time.

Jordan Clarkson, Missouri

Jordan Clarkson 2014 NBA Draft
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Jordan Clarkson, Missouri

Jordan Clarkson 2014 NBA Draft
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Jordan Clarkson can flat-out score. After all, he did average 17.5 points per game this season. He also stands at 6-foot-5, so he clearly has an advantage if he stays at the point guard position.

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