NBA Draft: 6 Highly Touted Prospects Make the Move
What if they stay home? It’s the scariest question that surrounds the NBA Draft every year. Especially if your team is awful and you’ve just spent 82 games hate-watching them jockey for the highest possible pick. Imagine watching all of that happen and then seeing a coveted player decide that he’d rather hang around in the NCAA for a year. It happened in 2013, one of the weaker drafts in recent memory, when Marcus Smart turned his back on a clear top-5 selection (and millions of dollars) to go back and work on his game at the college level — in order to raise his draft stock. That didn’t work out so well for him.
Now that the NCAA Tournament is entering the last throes of competition, many NCAA stars have already played their last college game. Once that happens, the official draft declarations begin pouring in. While it’s bad form for a “student-athlete” to declare anything other than loyal allegiance to their school, even when it’s obvious that they’re a one-and-done (like if they play at Kentucky), once the tournament is over, the gloves come off.
Those gloves come off in order to write statements and sign contracts; statements that they’re heading to the NBA to sign rookie deals with the National Basketball Association. Here are the biggest stars that have officially declared for the 2014 NBA Draft.