Like it or not, many of college basketball’s biggest stars are only on campus as a stopover on the way to their NBA careers. Only one team can cut down the nets in April, but the June draft will produce a lot more success stories for players whose teams couldn’t quite rise to national-champion status.
One big-time prospect likely to find himself in that position next season is Baylor’s Isaiah Austin. Although his Bears aren’t looking like much more than a run-of-the-mill team in the Big 12, the mobile 7’1” center could easily play his way into a lottery pick by showing just a bit more consistency to go with his awe-inspiring potential.
Herein, a closer look at Austin and 19 more college stars whose NBA futures are shining the brightest heading into 2013-14.
Note that because this list is focusing on the players’ appeal to the pros, some of the biggest names in next year’s college ranks (see Smith, Russ) are absent due to lack of size, lack of athleticism or the other flaws that often keep the NCAA’s most successful players from making the jump to the next level.