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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.