Sure, the 2013 NBA Draft was just a few days ago, but as soon as Adam Silver announced the final pick, eyes were already starting to turn towards the 2014 Draft, now just about 360 days away!
For Michigan fans, after just seeing two stars get drafted, they should expect a very similar experience next June. While Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. were the two Wolverines who were first round picks this past draft, expect Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary to follow those footsteps next year.
Both Robinson and McGary were highly coveted prospects when they came to Michigan and both fulfilled their perceived potential in their first year. Robinson was very consistent and mature for Michigan, starting all 39 games and averaging 34 minutes per game. He not only averaged 11 points and over five rebounds a game but was also efficient in doing so and a decent defender.
McGary took a different route to stardom. After being a decent backup big for Michigan all year, he came onto the scene in the NCAA Tournament, becoming a defensive anchor and pairing up with Burke to finish off a great pick and roll pair.
As a result of their strong freshman showings, both Robinson and McGary are projected to be lottery picks next year. Gary Parrish of CBS Sports has McGary going at no. 8 and Robinson as the no. 11 prospect in what is expected to be a stellar 2014 Draft.
Now, with still a year and a full college basketball season before any NBA front offices have to make decisions on these draft prospects, so much can change. Just ask Jared Sullinger or Shabazz Muhammad. But at this point, it sure looks like Michigan will be producing two more high first round draft picks.