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5 Reasons Why Isaiah Austin Could be a Steal in the 2014 NBA Draft

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Isaiah Austin Will be a Steal in the 2014 NBA Draft

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Baylor’s Isaiah Austin is forgoing his junior year to enter the 2014 NBA Draft, according to the official RantSports Google Plus page. Austin was once considered a very high draft pick, but his stock has plummeted greatly. The talent is still there and Austin could be a steal in this summer’s draft.

Read on to see five reasons why.

His Size

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His Size

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Isaiah Austin probably needs to add some weight, but he still has the height thing going for him (7-foot-1). Unlike many 7-footers in the game today, Austin provides great shooting.

We Haven’t Seen the Best of Him Yet

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We Haven’t Seen the Best of Him Yet

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I always expected Austin to be one of the best players in college hoops, but that never happened. He was still a good player, though. Luckily, the best is yet to come for Austin and we will find that out once he hits the court in the NBA.

His Potential

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His Potential

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It wasn’t too long ago when Isaiah Austin was ranked No. 3 in the 2012 recruiting class. He has not met expectations, but he is still young. Translation: The potential for him to be great is still there.

Three-Point Shooting Ability

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Three-Point Shooting Ability

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Not all 7-footers can drain the long-ball. Isaiah Austin can. Sure, his shooting percentage went down quite a bit this year, but he still managed to make 18 threes. He made 30 in his freshman season.

He will have the chance to work on his shot a lot at the next level.

A Team Can Get Him Late

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A Team Can Get Him Late

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Austin is no longer a top-10 pick. Who knows where he will go in this summer’s draft. Maybe later in the first round. Maybe in the second round. Regardless, teams can get him a lot later than pick No. 10 now.

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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NCAA Tournament Profile: Baylor Bears

Record: 24-9

RPI: 10

BPI: 19

Conference: Big 12 Conference

How They Qualified: At-Large Berth

Region: No. 3 seed in West

 

The Baylor Bears didn’t win the Big 12 title, but there was no question that they were an NCAA tournament team entering the Big 12 tourney. That tends to be the case when a team is ranked in the top 25 entering the final week of the season.

The Bears had the pleasure of playing in the dance last season, but they went down to the Wisconsin Badgers, who ended up making a run to the Final Four.

This time around, they have the talent to make a similar run to Wisconsin’s, and playing in the very deep Big 12 certainly didn’t hurt. Translation: Baylor is tournament tested, if you will.

 

What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Taurean Prince (13.8 PPG)

Leading Rebounder: Rico Gathers (11.6 RPG)

Leading Passer: Kenny Chery (4.0 APG)

Bad Losses: None

Good Wins: Iowa State (twice), Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia (x3)

 

Would you look at all of those quality wins. Iowa State, Oklahoma and West Virginia all have the talent to make a Final Four run. All three of those teams won’t make that type of run, but the talent is still definitely there.

Although Baylor doesn’t exactly have star power, said star power doesn’t always mean everything, especially in a tournament as crazy as the Big Dance. The team does have four players who are averaging 10+ points per game, and can keep up with the best of them. Once again, the Bears did manage to knock off Iowa State … twice.

The Baylor Bears are dancing!

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

The Baylor Bears may have had an early exit last season, but this year's squad has the talent to make a serious run.

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