10 College Basketball Freshman Who Could Be One-and-Done in 2014
College Basketball Freshman Who Could Be One-and-Done
The freshmen have dominated the headlines in the 2013-14 college basketball season. That tends to happen when some of the most talented first-year players ever take the court in the same season. Many of these players are talented enough to enter the 2014 NBA Draft, so let’s take a look at 10 college hoops freshman who could be one-and-done in 2014.
Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle are good at basketball. They are three of the best players in the sport and could easily go one, two and three in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Wiggins basically already said he would go pro after the season, but actions speak louder than words or that is at least what I am told. Wiggins could still stick around for another season in Kansas. You never know.
There have been other freshmen who have emerged this season, but for the most part, the ones that were supposed to be good basically are.
Most of the players on this list are not going to surprise anyone, but there may be one or two that do in fact do that.
The Kentucky Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks both had some very talented recruiting classes. John Calipari's 2013 class was being deemed the most talented of all time before the season even started.
I am sure if the one-and-done rule didn’t exist, Calipari would have a completely different team.
Well, let’s take a look at some of college basketball’s most talented players who could be one-and-done in 2014.
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
It was basically impossible for Andrew Wiggins to meet expectations. And let me tell you, he hasn’t. Still, 15.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game isn’t too bad.
I am sure Wiggins will declare for the draft. He may not be ready, but he has had some great performances regardless and is still the most talented player.
Aaron Gordon, Arizona
Aaron Gordon is in the running for player of the year. Not only in the Pac-12, but college basketball as well. His 12.3 points per game aren’t the most on the team, but his 7.9 rebounds a contest are.
He is also a very good defender, but you didn’t need me to tell you that.
Gordon is a top 10 pick waiting to happen. He just has to declare for the draft.
Chris Walker, Florida
The NCAA won’t let Chris Walker play, so why should he waste another year of his life in college hoops?
I am sure he will get to play eventually, but the regular season is almost half way over. Who knows where he will get picked in the draft if he does decide to go pro, but I am sure Walker was ranked the No. 12 recruit in the 2013 class by ESPN for a reason.
Julius Randle, Kentucky
I don’t think there is anyway that Julius Randle stays another year at Kentucky. He looked like the most dominant player early on, but his numbers have declined a little bit since the start of the season.
Other Wildcats have stepped up, which is probably the main reason behind that.
Randle is still averaging 16.7 points per game and 10.9 rebounds per game, though.
Joel Embiid, Kansas
Could Joel Embiid be the best player on Kansas now? If that is in fact true, there is a chance that an NBA team picks him No. 1 in the draft. It helps that he is 7-footer. NBA teams go crazy over true 7-footers despite the fact that they fail over and over again at the next level.
He is averaging 10.5 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game. Wiggins is clearly the most talented player on the team, but Embiid is proving to be a great player who could dash early for the draft.
James Young, Kentucky
James Young is the second leading scorer on the most talented team in college hoops. He is averaging 14.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Ready for the NBA or not, he would easily get drafted.
The Wildcats have played four ranked opponents this season and Young is averaging 16.8 points in those contests. Not bad at all.
Jabari Parker, Duke
Jabari Parker is the best scorer in college basketball, which means he should be ready for the next level. Maybe.
Parker is averaging 19.5 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game. He is also shooting 40.4 percent from behind the arc. That is impressive for any player at the collegiate level, let alone a freshman who stands at 6-foot-8.
Aaron Harrison, Kentucky
Ready or not, I am going to take a wild guess and say if one Harrison brother goes pro, the other one will follow.
As for Aaron, he is averaging 14 points per game. I am sure NBA teams would like to see his shot improve from behind the arc, as he is shooting 27 percent, but he is still a pretty good scorer regardless.
Andrew Harrison, Kentucky
Andrew is more efficient from behind the arc--shooting 35.3 percent--but has taken a lot less shots from deep. He is averaging 10.9 points per game and 3.3 assists per game.
The Harrison twins would probably benefit by staying at least one more year, but if they think they are ready for the NBA, then that is all that matters.
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
Tyler Ennis could be the best point guard in the country. He is averaging 11.6 points per game, 5.7 assists per game and 2.6 steals per game. He is shooting 42.6 percent from the field and he is also shooting 38.2 percent from behind the arc.
Ennis turns the ball over at a very low rate. He is the field general of Syracuse and definitely plays that part. The Orange are undefeated and this freshman has played a big part in that.