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5 Undrafted College Players Who Will Make an Impact in the NBA

Matt OveringContributor IIIDecember 12, 2016

5 Undrafted College Players Who Will Make an Impact in the NBA

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    College stars don't always get drafted. The current trend, it seems, is for teams to draft foreign players; players with minimal risk and a high upside. Undrafted collegiate stars are numerous, and every year there are players that could have been drafted and no one would bat an eye.

    However, each season, there are former undrafted players that are making a name for themselves. The most notable and recent undrafted player that is now a household name is Jeremy Lin. He had a strong career at Harvard, averaging over 15 points per game and shooting over 50 percent in his final two seasons.

    That was not enough for Lin to be drafted, but his success shows that a draft pick does not determine NBA success. 

    Here, we'll look at five successful college basketball players that will find a way to make an impact in the NBA.

William Buford

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    Ohio State did not have a good draft. Jared Sullinger, a projected lottery pick at the start of the year, dropped to 21st. William Buford, projected to be drafted in the early-second round range, fell off the board completely.

    Buford's weight was a primary concern for many teams. His body fat percentage was the third highest out of all prospects that attended the NBA combine. That is never a good sign, particularly for a wing player.

    But Buford's track record shows he can still make it in the NBA. He averaged 14 points per game in three of his four seasons as a Buckeye, and his career shooting percentage comes in at 44 percent, with a steady stroke from the line. 

    His length (6'10" wingspan) and his talented shooting should put him on an NBA roster. 

Drew Gordon

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    Drew Gordon pulled down double-doubles on a nightly basis in college. In his junior and senior seasons, Gordon averaged over 13 points and 10 rebounds per game.

    Gordon accepted an invitation to join the Dallas Mavericks summer camp, according to Mitch Stephens of The San Francisco Chronicle, which is a step in the right direction. 

    While Gordon is raw offensively, he could be an instant asset to any team on the glass. His athleticism and defensive skill could be utilized by many NBA teams.

Kevin Jones

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    Kevin Jones had a pre-draft promise that he would be selected in the first round.

    Obviously, that did not happen.

    Fortunately for Jones, his talents have already found an NBA roster. According to SNY, he has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Cavs this summer. 

    Jones can do it all, averaging 20.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game for West Virginia last season. He is a versatile player that can stretch defenses with long-range jumpers and grind it down low. 

Scott Machado

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    How did Scott Machado go undrafted?

    He was widely considered a second-round pick, and as a pure point guard, could become an instant asset to a team. His floor vision and passing ability were second to only Kendall Marshall as far as point guards go in this class.

    Machado averaged 9.9 assists per game last season for Iona, tops in the country. According to the New York Post, Machado will accept a spot with the Houston Rockets for summer league ball. 

Terrell Stoglin

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    In the NBA, scorers are always welcome. That is why I expect Terrell Stoglin to find a place in the league.

    Stoglin averaged 21.6 points per game as a sophomore for Maryland last season. He's a scorer in every sense of the word, although he is undersized as a shooting guard. 

    According to CSN Washington, Stoglin will be playing his summer league basketball for the Toronto Raptors. 

    For a team that finished 28th in the league in scoring last year, Stoglin could be a great addition. 

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