It would actually be weird if we didn't think of dropping a top-100 big board for the 2014 NBA draft.
That is because now that the 2013 draft is complete, us basketball nuts need to occupy ourselves with something.
The fact of the matter is that next year's class could be flat-out ridiculous, with stars on stars. So it's only natural that we get right into it and try and find those hidden gems.
Here is your 2014 NBA draft big board ranking the top-100 prospects in next year's class.
The 2013 Gatorade National Player of the Year, Andrew Wiggins became a household name and YouTube legend before even deciding what college he’d attend.
It seemed like the Earth shook for a second after Wiggins finally did make the announcement that he’d be playing for the Jayhawks. As if they weren’t already a draw, Wiggins is going to make Kansas a must-watch team on a nightly basis.
At 6’8’’, he’s one of those athletes that makes your jaw drop once a game. A high-flier who spends a good portion of his time above the rim, Wiggins can also shake off the dribble and take over offensively.
Defensively, he’s an animal. Wiggins is a legit two-way stud with NBA superstar upside. He’s the clear favorite to go No. 1 overall and a top-three lock entering 2014.
With Julius Randle in the lineup, Kentucky is going to have a mismatch up front on a nightly basis.
At 6’9’’, Randle is a powerful, aggressive athlete who can throw down over defenders or beat them off the dribble. He complements his attack game with a promising mid-range jumper and a versatile skill set in the post.
Randle has dominant physical tools to go with a diverse and advanced offensive game. I'm not even sure his offensive ceiling has a roof.
With a relentless motor and competitiveness, expect him to remain in top-five conversations throughout the year, regardless of what his numbers are.
Jabari Parker has been a name to know on the recruiting trail for the past few years, even before making his decision to attend Duke in the fall.
He’s a versatile wing with great size and athleticism at 6’8’’. Parker excels in every facet of the game with the ability to create his own shot on the perimeter, finish above the rim and set up teammates for baskets.
Some see a little Carmelo Anthony in his game, others see a little Paul Pierce. Grant Hill works as well.
Bottom line is that Parker has All-Star upside, looking the part in each and every way.
Dante Exum is one of the most exciting young prospects worldwide. From the Australian Institute of Sport, he’s currently considered an international prospect who will be eligible for the 2014 NBA draft.
However, he’s left open the option of attending college in the United States and then enter the draft in 2015, though this seems less likely.
At 6’6’’, Exum can run the show as a point guard or play off the ball as a scorer. He’s a sensational athlete with the explosiveness shared by some of the NBA’s best.
While most combo guards are given that label unwillingly, Exum’s is by choice. He has the size and skill set to handle both positions effectively.
Exum is lightning quick off the dribble and can create his shot moving north, south, east or west. He’s a capable shooter, though improving from the outside will likely be his focus moving forward.
He scored 16 points against Team USA at the Nike Hoops Summit and has become a must-know prospect for NBA draft junkies.
Aaron Gordon is 2014’s favorite to lead the country in YouTube-highlight views.
He’s got the size of a power forward with the effortless hops and athleticism of a wing. Gordon is an easy-bucket machine, given his above-the-rim presence and ability to finish on the way down.
A work in progress with regard to his perimeter and in-between game, Gordon’s upside is limitless. He’ll be considered a potential top-five pick from Day 1, with Blake Griffin comparisons bound to shadow him throughout his college career.
He's just one of those sick athletes who dunks on the way down.
Marcus Smart stunned everyone with his decision to return to school after being considered a top-five lock for the 2013 draft, although it was pretty cool to see if you’re a big-time college hoops fan.
Smart didn’t get the team results at Oklahoma State that he was used to getting at the high school and under-18 level.
He’ll return stronger and more disciplined with a better understanding of how the college game is played. Smart is a true floor general and lead guard who can score or facilitate based on whatever the situation calls for.
NBA teams won’t care if they already have a starting point guard or shooting guard. Smart can be an asset in whatever role he’s put in.
Expect the Cowboys to make some serious noise with their three-headed monster of Smart, Markel Brown and LeBryan Nash all back at school next season.
Though the numbers may not reflect it, Glenn Robinson III played a huge role in Michigan’s run to the championship game.
He’s an excellent defender and efficient off-ball playmaker with NBA-level athleticism. Robinson should also be up there with some of the best wing-finishers in the country by next season.
Without Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway, Jr. in the lineup, Robinson’s offensive usage rate should go way up. He’ll have more freedom to create his own offense and develop as a scorer in his sophomore year.
I love the early Andre Iguodala comparison.
Andrew Harrison is the consensus top point guard out of the 2013 recruiting class, recently making his well-documented commitment to Kentucky along with his twin brother Aaron.
Three things stand out when watching Harrison: he’s poised, he’s fundamentally sound and he’s big. At 6’5’’, he has excellent size and athleticism for the NBA position.
Kentucky point guards have pretty good track records, and there’s a good chance Harrison will follow the trend.
Willie Cauley-Stein decided to return as a sophomore and develop on the court instead of entering the draft and sitting on an NBA bench next season.
He’s an incredible physical specimen who could probably excel in whatever sport he chose to play.
Cauley-Stein needs to keep polishing his post game in order to pose as a go-to option for half-court points. But in the meantime, his ability to pick up easy buckets and protect the rim are strengths that every team can use in its frontcourt.
Dario Saric withdrew his name from the 2013 NBA draft at the deadline after being named MVP of the Croatian League finals.
NBA scouts love his versatility as a 6’10’’ face-up forward who can play on the wing, create for teammates and rebound the ball. Concerns exists over his defensive outlook, but Saric is clearly a unique prospect who brings a live motor and diverse skill set.
He would have been a borderline lottery pick in 2013. Chances are he improves fundamentally over the next year and maintains his appeal.
Wayne Selden is an explosive 2-guard that is expected to slide right into Ben McLemore's spot at Kansas. He’s got grown-man strength to complement a sweet perimeter stroke, and he has developed the shot-creating skills that raise his ceiling as an NBA prospect.
A McDonald’s All-American and consensus top-20 recruit, Selden has a number of next-level tools that should make general managers salivate. I’d label Selden as a potential early-season riser in 2014.
Joel Embiid drew rave reviews at this year’s Jordan Brand Classic, and he followed that up with a solid showing all week at the Nike Hoops Summit.
At 7’0’’ with an enormous 7’5’’ wingspan, Embiid is raw offensively but has a skill set in place. He’s got moves in the post, though his delivery is still pretty choppy.
Embiid projects strongly on the defensive side, given his size, length and shot-blocking instincts. And at 240 pounds, he’s got the mass to take on and give out physical punishment.
He’s not a guy that is likely to put up big numbers at the college level, but his NBA upside is big.
Jerami Grant didn’t see regular minutes at Syracuse, but he was extremely effective when given the opportunity. At 6’8’’ with a lengthy 7’2’’ wingspan and smooth athleticism, Grant has perfect measurements for an NBA wing.
He’s a guy who makes things happen without having his number called. Grant was a regular presence on loose balls at the rim, as well as a target on backdoor cuts and in transition.
With a tremendous motor and a good nose for the ball, Grant should be a routine off-ball playmaker for the Orange this season.
James Young is a smooth lefty wing and highly touted recruit out of Michigan. At 6'6'', he mixes up effortless athleticism with a pretty, long-range jumper, a combination that always attracts NBA attention.
It's still too early to responsibly project his college role or NBA outlook. With a number of mouths to feed in Kentucky's lineup, Young might not get a full opportunity as a freshman to prove his worth as an NBA prospect.
He'll be a player to monitor as the 2013-14 season takes off.
Spencer Dinwiddie made a jump as a sophomore but still has plenty of room for improvement.
He averaged 15 points per game last season, though his three-point percentage fell from 43 percent to 33 percent. Dinwiddie is a tough cover off the dribble thanks to his size and bounce, with the ability to create for teammates (three assists per game) or attack the rim (7.3 free-throw attempts per game).
If his perimeter stroke improves, Dinwiddie could bring a smooth blend of scoring and playmaking to an NBA backcourt.
One of the top-ranked 1995-born international prospects, Mario Hezonja becomes draft-eligible in 2014.
He’s made noise at previous showcase events such Adidas Eurocamp, the Nike International Junior Tournament, Jordan Brand Classic, and was named MVP of the Under-16 European Championships.
Currently with Barcelona’s second team, Hezonja has earned the NBA’s attention.
At 6’6’’, he’s a smooth athlete and a dynamic half-court scorer with takeover ability. Hezonja will be one of the names to watch next summer in preparation for the 2014 draft.
McAdoo’s role expanded as a sophomore, but his game plateaued. He only shot 44 percent from the floor, despite his elite physical tools.
While many have soured on McAdoo, I’ve actually been a supporter. He really improved as a shot-creator his sophomore year, but he just has to improve his conversion rate.
McAdoo has shown a promising mid-range game and the ability to take slower-footed big men off the dribble.
This will obviously be a big year for McAdoo, with the microscope intensified and time running out.
Garry Harris showed tremendous promise as a freshman at Michigan State, and ultimately made the right choice to return to school.
He’s an aggressive defender, dangerous slasher and 41-percent three-point shooter.
This year, he’ll work on creating his own shot in the half court and becoming a bigger threat with the ball in his hands. Harris is a high-IQ off-guard with a strong foundation to build from as a prospect.
It’s tough to know what’s going to happen with P.J. Hairston following his recent off-the-court troubles. But if we’re talking straight basketball, I’ve got him in the top 20.
He’s got excellent size and explosiveness for an NBA 2-guard to go along with a sweet three-point stroke near 40 percent. He’s fearless yet crafty when attacking the rim, and he can throw down a tomahawk over interior defenders.
Hairston has the tools to be an effective next-level defender. If he can straighten out his act, Hairston could be a desirable draft option in 2014, based upon his physical tools and skill set.
It actually feels like ages ago when the nation came down with Mitch McGary fever after his breakout performance in the NCAA tournament.
Now, McGary will have some expectations to live up to after passing on the 2013 draft.
At 6’10’’, McGary is nimble yet aggressive. He’s relentless on the offensive glass and can get down the floor in transition. He also showed some touch around the elbow, doing his best David Lee impression late in the season.
McGary will play a more featured role this year alongside Glen Robinson III in Michigan’s offense. Expanding his face-up and post game should be his individual priorities this season.
Montrezl Harrell made a surprise freshman impact for the national champion Cardinals, giving them a fresh dimension of athleticism that they were lacking up front.
At 6'10'', Harrell is an explosive athlete with long arms who can catch anything around the rim.
He recently made the Under-19 USA team that will be competing in the World Championships in Prague.
Though still raw offensively, he's got an incredible foundation and set of physical tools to work with moving forward. Harrell has NBA project written all over him.
Isaiah Austin came back as a sophomore after an inconsistent freshman season at Baylor.
He’s clearly a talent, possessing a unique offensive skill set for a 7’1’’ big man. Austin has an advanced high-post game with a soft touch around the block. He also showed that he can step out behind the arc and knock down threes with comfort.
Austin will need to add some weight to keep from getting pushed around inside. A more consistent year on both sides of the ball could push im back into mid-first-round conversations.
Noah Vonleh has some serious upside thanks to his physical tools and offensive skill set.
He measured in at 6’9’’ with a ridiculous 7’4’’ wingspan, similar measurements as Kevin Durant.
Vonley plays face-up basketball on the wing with the ability to stick a three in isolation or create offense off the dribble.
He’s a little erratic shooting the ball right now, but Vonleh has a high ceiling as a versatile NBA scorer. It will be interesting to see how he’s used in Indiana’s offense.
T.J. Warren scored 12 points per game as a freshman and fourth option in a rotation with upperclassmen.
With the ability to make shots from any spot or angle, Warren is essentially in scoring position whenever he touches the ball.
At 6'8'', he's got a strong frame and ideal size for an NBA small forward. Creating his own offense isn't currently a strength, but he'll have more freedom as a sophomore to experiment and develop.
If he averaged 12 points alongside Lorenzo Brown, C.J. Leslie and Scott Wood, he could have some big scoring days without them.
A big-time athlete and highly-touted recruit from Baton Rouge, Jarrell Martin will suit up for LSU as a prospect to keep an eye on.
He's probably not ready to generate much draft buzz right away, but Martin has some NBA attributes that are difficult to ignore.
Martin has a similar physique to that of Orlando's Tobias Harris, with strong, broad shoulders and a mobile lower body. Active inside and on the glass, Martin also has the ability to put it on the deck and attack facing up.
His challenge will be to avoid falling between the 3 and 4 positions, but there's nice upside here if Martin maximizes his versatility.
Just a ridiculously electric athlete, Chris Walker is one of those guys who sets up shop above the rim.
He's got ridiculous springs for a 6'9'' forward, though at less than 200 pounds, he'll have the same challenge as a guy like C.J. Leslie has had at N.C. State.
Walker's eligibility is currently in question, and he might be in jeopardy of becoming 2013-14's version of Ricardo Ledo, who was forced to miss his true freshman year for similar reasons.
But if we're talking about NBA potential, Walker is a first-round candidate with lottery upside if he can find a niche in the game.
A.J. Hammons turned heads during his freshman year at Purdue with his 7'0'' size and 7'3'' wingspan. With the mobility to run the floor and the athleticism to throw down violently, Hammons looks the part of an NBA center.
He's shown a decent touch in the mid-range, and he should be in line for some more offensive touches as a sophomore.
Hammons could sky-rocket up boards if he comes back with an expanded low-post game. He averaged 10 points, six boards and two blocks in 23 minutes per game as a freshman.
With Michael Carter-Williams, James Southerland and Brandon Triche out of the picture, C.J. Fair becomes the featured member of the Orange attack.
And he’s deserving of the honor.
Fair plays off one or two feet, showing a soft touch on his floaters and an improved outside stroke. Fair turned a weakness into a strength, making 30-of-64 threes (46 percent) after nailing seven threes in total as a freshman and sophomore combined.
He also brought in seven boards per game and gives you a consistent offensive effort every time he takes the floor.
I like Fair to have a big year and generate first-round interest as the season progresses.
Rasheed Sulaimon played some solid two-way basketball as a freshman for Duke. He’s a strong athlete with the tools and motor to effectively slash, attack or lockdown the perimeter.
He shot 37 percent from downtown and 80 percent from the line, showing promise as a shooter. Creating easier shots for himself on the perimeter will be his next challenge, but Sulaimon’s ability to grind out points and spot up around the arc should have him near first-round radars in 2014.
Though it's his twin brother Andrew that's considered to be the can't-miss NBA prospect, Aaron Harrison can ball in his own right.
He's a scoring 2-guard with a lethal perimeter game. Harrison has that takeover ability that allows him to heat up and put points on the board in bunches.
Aaron can create his own shot by getting to the rack or separating in the mid-range.
It will be interesting to see how his game translates at Kentucky with a number of star teammates and a light not quite as green as the one he's used to.
At 7'0'', 255 pounds, Kaleb Tarczewski has the size and mass to anchor an interior, which is why teams will be willing to be patient with his offensive development.
He's shown a nice touch inside, particularly on his over-the-shoulder jump hook, and he does a real good job of clearing out space as a rebounder (6.1 boards in 21 minutes a game).
The ball doesn't really go through him at Arizona, so his stats shouldn't reflect his pro outlook. Tarczewski will still need to become more of a threat with the ball in his hands in order to maximize his draft stock.
The 2013 Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year, Semaj Christon will have plenty of eyes on him when he returns to Xavier as a sophomore.
He's got excellent physical tools for a point guard at 6'3'' with long arms and big-time athleticism. Christon is quick off the dribble and scores at will in the lane.
His perimeter game is shaky, as he's not much of a long-range threat, but Christon still managed to average 15 points and 4.6 assists thanks to a strong attack game off the bounce.
Christon should be on first-round radars heading into the 2013-14 season.
With Willie Cauley-Stein returning to Kentucky, Dakari Johnson will likely be on the two-year college plan.
He's was one of the top recruits in the country because of his size, strength and ability to take control of the paint. Johnson was a force down low at the high school level, finishing in and over traffic when gathering in the lane.
Johnson has soft hands with a nice touch on his mini jumpers and hook shots.
Coach John Calipari probably isn't going to give him many touches in the post, at least not in 2013-14. Johnson might be one of the prospects to watch for the 2015 draft.
Clearly too raw and unrefined for NBA play, Alex Poythress returned to Kentucky with some unfinished business to handle.
He was regarded as a potential top-10 pick to start the 2011-12 season, but it quickly became evident that Poythress was just too far away.
He's got the athleticism, strength and mobility to play at the next level, though he has to find a position. He took less than seven shots per game last year, struggling to generate consistent offense or create open looks.
Poythress will need to develop some perimeter skills in order to prepare himself for life as a 3 in the NBA.
It's going to be tough for Doug McDermott to improve his draft stock in 2014 after averaging over 22 points and shooting at least 48 percent from downtown in back-to-back years.
You won't find many scorers who move more effectively off the ball. Without the speed, quickness or athleticism, McDermott gets himself open using his instincts and intelligence.
Interested NBA teams understand they won't be getting the volume scorer McDermott has been in college. He'll join a rotation as a floor spacer and knockdown shooter, whose range and accuracy is simply absurd.
With three-point shooters playing a major role in the 2013 NBA playoffs, I wouldn't be surprised to see a team drafting in the late-first round add McDermott's stroke.
Sam Dekker's high-basketball IQ and refined offensive skills stand out within minutes of watching him play.
He's got a smooth game with a real good-looking jumper that he used to nail 39 percent of his three-point attempts. Dekker also moves well off the ball and can slash towards the hoop and finish above the rim.
Fundamentally sound with a disciplined offensive repertoire, Dekker is one of those mistake-free players who makes the most of each scoring opportunity.
He projects as a role player at the pro level, though one with the ability to score and make teammates better.
Jahii Carson is one of the more entertaining young prospects to watch, given his 5'10'' size and lightning quickness.
He took advantage of a rare freshman green light, averaging 18 points and five assists as Arizona State's lead guard. Carson is dynamic off the dribble, though he will have to control some of his urges and focus a little more on facilitating.
Still, after seeing what an undersized guard like Shane Larkin did for his stock last season, Carson will be a name that scouts will keep an eye on.
Though he'll probably need two years at Florida, Kasey Hill was one of the more highly-touted point guard prospects in the 2013 class.
He's absolutely lightning quick off the dribble with the ability to break down the defense, score in the lane or set the table for teammates. Hill has a magician's handle and possesses excellent court vision as a pass-first playmaker.
At 6'1'', he's got a strong build and physical profile that's compatible for next-level play.
Senior lead guard Scottie Wilbekin has been suspended indefinitely to start to the 2013-14 season, giving Hill an opportunity to get settled in immediately.
I'm not sure Hill is a 2014 draft pick, but he'll get to that next level eventually.
Mam Jaiteh recently withdrew from the 2013 NBA draft, which isn't that big of deal because he would likely been stashed overseas, anyway.
In 2014, Jaiteh should have a little more offensive polish to go along with an incredible physical profile. At 6'11'', 249 pounds, he's got a 7'4'' wingspan of toned, muscular arms.
He worked out for a number of NBA teams this June, and he'll be on their watch-list during the year.
Leo Westermann's stock has risen over the past year after making the move from his home country of France to play some point for Partizan Belgrade.
Now playing at one of the highest levels in Europe, Westermann's basketball smarts have allowed him to fit right in.
He's a 6'7'' natural point guard with what seems like an extra set of eyeballs. Westermann has tremendous vision and passing skills, with the ability to facilitate the pick and roll like a pro.
With a good looking stroke and decent open-floor quickness, Westermann has the tools to make the offensive transition, even if it means being a backup.
The bigger question with Westermann will be defense, as he's not much of an athlete at a position that traditionally requires athleticism. He's expected to enter the 2014 draft and will likely be regarded a borderline first-rounder until later in the year.
Chane Behanan looks and plays a lot bigger than he actually is.
In his two years at Louisville, he's averaged 26 minutes and seven boards a game, always playing with energy and demonstrating a high-activity level.
He's an explosive athlete who can get up off the ground and make plays above the rim. Behanan is also an intelligent player and puts himself in scoring opportunities when the ball isn't in his hands.
With a great touch, feel for the game and nose for the rim, he's able to score in the post despite lacking the size of opposing frontcourt players.
At 250 pounds, Behanan looks to have one of those Larry Johnson or Charles Barkely-type of bodies that's undersized by height but not by mass or power.
He reminds me a lot of Corliss "Big Nasty" Williamson from the 90s.
In a year where Sean Kilpatrick's production received a boost, his efficiency took a hit.
There's no question he expanded his game to become a more dynamic scorer. He's raised his average from nine points to 14 points to 17 points per game as a junior, though after two years of shooting 37 percent from three, that number fell to just 30 percent in 2013.
Kilpatrick is a rugged guard with a beautiful yet inconsistent jumper and developing offensive game.
He had some crazy scoring games as a junior, going off for 32 points against Iowa State on 16-of-16 from the line, and finishing with 36 against Marquette after converting the game-winning bucket on an isolation drive.
Still, Kilpatrick hasn't moved the needle much, and he will need to take over as the go-to player this season in order to generate some realistic first-round buzz.
Adreian Payne broke out during the second half of his junior season, setting the stage for a last-ditch effort to make an impression on NBA evaluators.
His appeal initially stemmed from his incredible physical profile, though his skill set has come around over the past year as well. Payne can finish inside, clean the class and protect the rim, but he recently took his game out to the three-point arc where he nailed 16-of-42 (38 percent) from downtown as a junior.
Creating his own offense in the post is still a struggle, but Payne's physical tools and improving offensive game could be enough for teams to give him first-round consideration.
Jarnell Stokes is entering that year when he's expected to really break through as a prospect.
He's coming off a solid though less-than-spectacular sophomore season where he averaged 12.4 points and 9.6 boards, doing all of his damage from foul line to baseline.
At 270 pounds with long arms and a strong physical frame, Stokes can be a bully with his back to the basket.
This year, it would be nice to see Stokes play a little more face-up ball. He only shot 56 percent from the foul line in back-to-back years, so his touch could use some work.
But Stokes is an excellent area rebounder with the ability to seal off his man. Expanding his offensive game could put him in first-round conversations.
Cory Jefferson made major strides as a sophomore, improving as a scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker.
He had a monster NIT tournament where he averaged 21 points on 72 percent shooting while running the table with Baylor.
Jefferson's physical profile is scary. At 6'9'' he's got a muscular upper body with broad shoulders and long arms. He can be overwhelming on the interior, and has added a fairly reliable jump hook to his post repertoire.
We also saw that he can step out behind the arc and knock down spot-up jumpers.
With Jefferson's physical tools and developing offensive skill set, he should be able to dominate with a little more regularity in 2014.
Przemek Karnowski only got 10 minutes a game for Gonzaga while playing behind Kelly Olynyk, but he'll get his shot in 2014.
Karnowski is an absolute monster down low, with a massive body that eats space like a giant refrigerator in a tiny kitchen. He's got soft hands down low and showed some touch on his mid-range jumper, though he's not much of an athlete.
Obviously, it's his size that's been driving his appeal, but his feel for the game is fairly evident. We'll see how he develops as a low-post scorer for the Zags.
Dwight Powell blew up his junior year for nearly 15 points and over eight boards a game after regressing as a sophomore.
What you have to like about Powell is his ability to play face-up basketball. He can play some small forward or stretch-4. At around 6'10'', he's capable of putting it on the floor and attacking the rim or knocking down shots from 15-22 feet.
He actually converted 15-of-33 (45 percent) three-point attempts last year after making only one the year before.
Powell has size, length and talent, but he just needs to settle into a position. He's somewhat stuck between the 3 and 4, and if he can find a comfort zone between the two, it should improve his overall consistency.
Former Findlay Prep standout Nigel Williams-Goss is one of the more mature, sophisticated incoming freshman in his class.
A highly intelligent and disciplined point guard, WIlliams-Goss can manage an offense like a pro. He maintains a pass-first mentality throughout and has a great feel for facilitating an offense.
Williams-Goss isn't overly quick or athletic, but he's very sneaky with the ball. He's got good size and the ability to change speed and direction, along with a promising stroke he used to win the McDonald's All-American three-point shootout.
He was recently named to USA's Under-19 World Championship team, which will be competing in Prague late in June.
Ondrej Balvin was a prospect who boosted his awareness with a head-turning showing at this year's Adidas Eurocamp.
At 7'2'', Balvin has added nearly 40 pounds to his frame, looking more like an NBA center from a physical standpoint. At this point, his skills are limited, but he's a space-eater down low and has shown the touch that offers promise.
Throw Balvin's name in with some of the potential international bloomers in 2014.
Brandon Ashley had his moments for Arizona as a freshman where he showed off his offensive versatility and feel for the game.
He's a skilled big man with the mobility to face up and attack his man off the dribble. Ashley also has good scoring instincts in the post with the ability to counter and adjust.
With Solomon Hill, Mark Lyons, Kevin Parrom and Grant Jerrett all out of the picture, Ashley should get some reps at the 3 playing alongside incoming freshman stud Aaron Gordon.
Laquinton Ross came alive for Ohio State in the postseason, scoring at least 17 points in three of his four NCAA tournament games.
He made a big jump as an outside shooter, nailing almost 39 percent of his three-point attempts last season. The key for Ross will be consistency, as he disappeared for stretches and became unreliable as a No. 2 option.
He's got the size and length for an NBA wing, but this is the year where he'll have to show scouts he's got the skills to match his physical tools.
Duke doesn't take many transfers, so this Rodney Hood fella must be special.
He played a year at Mississippi State, sat out last season, and is now primed for a bigger role on the national stage.
At 6'8'', Hood is one of those wild athletes who can explode off the floor and throw down a rim-rocker. He's a small forward with a crafty mid-range game and a promising jumper.
These athletic, bigger wings have started gaining value over the past few years. Hood should get minutes playing alongside Jabari Parker, who's likely to play more of a stretch-4 role.
Anthony "Cat" Barber is one of those breakdown point guards who can create havoc off the dribble. He's got NBA-level quickness, ball-handling and playmaking skills. He has also shown promise as a shooter.
The former McDonald's All-American should get a good amount of reps running the point for N.C. State, a team who lost a lot of offensive talent.
Barber is a candidate to put up strong individual numbers as a freshman. If he can win some big games in the ACC, it could have the same effect on his stock as it did on Shane Larkin's.
Wang Zhelin blew up in the 2012 Nike Hoops Summit for 19 points, eight boards and two blocks against a strong USA team.
He's got a strong body that he uses to box out and seal off his defender down low, and he has the dexterity and touch to finish with both hands around the rim.
He also has wide hips and thick legs, which help him set screens on the perimeter and ultimately free him up in the pick-and-roll game.
Zhelin is a fearless and aggressive shot-blocker, and projects as a strong rim protector inside.
Of course, he's raw offensively and seems to be limited to just points in the paint.
Still, there's no doubt the 19-year-old from China will attract NBA attention if he chooses to declare in 2014.
Phillip Neumann withdrew from the 2013 draft, making it likely that he enters and sticks when he's automatically eligible in 2014.
Considered as a prospect to keep an eye on for a few years now, Neumann plays the 4 and 5 for Brose Baskets Bamberg in Germany. He's a low-post scorer with a soft touch and the ability to counter and score inside.
But he's not much of an athlete, which is why he'll probably be viewed as a second-round draft-and-stash candidate.
Still, his combination of size, post-scoring instincts and touch should be worth monitoring once his role expands next season.
Branden Dawson made a promising return to the court last year after tearing his ACL early in 2012.
Though his numbers don't stand out, he's not the type of player whose performance should be judged on stats alone. Dawson is a physical wing who makes up for skill with athleticism and fight. He's an aggressive defender, a loose-ball go-getter, a finisher and a rebounder.
He actually reminds me a ton of Ronnie Brewer, who's made a name for himself in the NBA without relying on scoring.
Dawson isn't much of an upside guy, but his role in the pros will be exactly what it is in college. He's a jack-of-all-trades contributor and valuable supporting cast member.
Eric Moreland's motor, size and athleticism have helped make him one of the top rebounders in the country. He brought in 10.6 of them in only 30.7 minutes a game last season, which is a really impressive rate.
He's got a strong frame that he should be able to build on, and though he's not much of an offensive threat with the ball in his hands, he's a guy who can make a play without having his number called.
Moreland averaged 2.5 blocks a game as well and projects as an active interior player who can really run the floor and inject a lineup with some energy.
With such a stacked lineup and some key players returning to Kentucky, Marcus Lee is probably more of 2015 draft prospect.
He's an incredibly fluid athlete at 6'10'' with the ability to adjust his body mid-air. Naturally, Lee is really effective around the rim where he's able to score at all different angles.
His skills, however, are unrefined. Lee isn't a guy who's going to get you a bucket in isolation.
Expect Lee to flash some promise as a freshman, with his sophomore year being the target for a breakout.
Easily one of the greatest names worldwide, Guillermo Hernangomez has emerged as a 2014 draft prospect.
He's recently made the move to play with Real Madrid's senior team, and though his minutes are extremely limited, Hernangomez has clearly established a glowing reputation.
NBA scouts got a chance to see him at Adidas Eurocamp this year, where he showcased his pick-and-roll potential and offensive moves in the post.
Look for Hernangomez to be a guy scouts monitor for the 2014 draft if he chooses to declare.
C.J. Wilcox has established the reputation as being one of the more potent perimeter scorers in the country. He's coming off a year in which he averaged nearly 17 points a game after improving as a shot-creator.
He's a smooth athlete with a lethal stroke and some promising defensive tools. Wilcox doesn't get to the rack much, and he will ultimately go as far as his jumper takes him.
Had he come out in 2013, he would have likely been a second-rounder. Chances are that doesn't change in 2014.
Standing 6'5'' with fluid athleticism, Jerian Grant has the body of a 2-guard with the instincts of a point man. He averaged five assists in back-to-back years, breaking defenses down in order to find the open man.
He's also a capable finisher once he gets into the lane.
Grant's perimeter game could use work, although his long-range percentages aren't bad (34 percent and 35 percent, respectively). Turnovers were also an issue this past season.
At the end of the day, Grant is a pass-first combo guard with the size and athleticism to play either position. That's a rare description in itself, which should generate the attention of scouts early in the season.
Vasilije Micic recently made waves at this year's Adidas Eurocamp when he joined Serbia's Under-19 national team and went for 15 points, eight boards and five dimes in his first game.
He's extremely creative off the dribble, with a good feel for manipulating the defense and creating buckets for teammates. And at 6'4'', he's got the size, but he lacks the quickness, athleticism and explosiveness of your typical starting NBA point guard.
Micic will be playing in a competitive Adriatic League next season and should have NBA eyes paying close attention to his progress.
Juvonte Reddic made a nice leap from his sophomore-to-junior year, raising his scoring average from 10 points to 14 points and his rebounding average from 6.7 boards to 8.1 boards, all while playing the same amount of minutes.
He's got a strong build and does a really nice job of finishing around the basket, though he's pretty much limited offensively from the foul line to the arc.
Reddic is a tough cover in the post, as he's quicker and more agile than he appears. He often plays with his back to the rim, where he can set up an over-the-shoulder jump hook or spin baseline for a bucket.
He can face the rim and attack, though it's usually a quick two-dribble move to the rack.
Reddic's stock would see a boost if he expands his offense and convinces scouts that he's capable of defending the post.
DeAndre Daniels has the size and length for the wing position at the NBA level. He can face his defender and attack off the dribble and has the lift that allows him to finish over traffic.
He's got touch from the outside, though his range is limited and his consistency suffers.
Daniels passes the eye test, and he could be a sleeper that emerges in 2014.
Markel Brown had slowly yet surely emerged as a legitimate NBA prospect after revamping and refining his offense game.
He's always fallen into the category of elite athletes, with the ability to perform jaw-dropping, high-flying acts above the rim. But now, he's a scorer with an impressive arsenal to work with.
As a junior, Brown averaged 15 points a game on 36 percent shooting from three. He's really improved as a shot-creator, where he's able to separate and convert one-on-one in the mid-range.
The question is whether or not the NBA has room for an undersized scorer. The answer will likely have to do with how well he can defend. Brown has the tools to be a solid on-ball defender on opposing point guards, but he might struggle with size manning the wing.
If you're like me and admire gradual, steady improvement, than you have to be a fan of Jordan McRae.
He really blossomed as a junior, expanding his scoring repertoire and executing rather quickly. McRae averaged almost 16 points per game while shooting the three at a 35-percent clip.
Playing without the ball, he proved to be dangerous coming off screens and knocking down catch-and-shoot jumpers. Playing with it, McRae learned to create and score off the bounce with pull-up jumpers and runners.
An explosive, above-the-rim athlete, McRae just needs to hit the weight room and focus on consistency. He could put up big numbers as a senior in 2014.
Deonte Burton has seen his scoring average gradually rise up to 16 points per game, though his assist numbers have fluctuated and never been real high to begin with.
A scorer at heart, Burton has the size and burst of a point guard. Despite his offensive talent, there won't be a spot in the NBA for him unless he improves a facilitator.
Burton has a year left to prove he's capable of running an offense, because there's not much margin for error with 6'1'' scoring combo guards.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson missed the cut for USA's Under-19 national team, but he should get his shot as a freshman at Arizona.
An exceptional athlete with long arms and a small-forward's body, Hollis-Jefferson's production is driven from his physical tools. He lacks the offensive skill set to get his own points, but he picks up easy buckets in transition and drives to the hole.
Like most young prospects, Hollis-Jefferson will need to work on his perimeter game and jumper, but he projects as an excellent defender with a strong physical foundation to work with.
Andre Hollins had some "wow" moments last year that really opened up some eyes.
At one point in the season, he dropped 41 points on Memphis and followed that up later in the year with 25 points against Indiana.
In the NCAA tournament, Hollins went for 28 points in a win over UCLA.
Hollins shot the ball really well all year, finishing 41 percent behind the arc, though creating easier shots within 20 feet has been a challenge.
He's got the athleticism, a strong build and offensive talent. NBA teams will want to know if he's got the mindset of a point guard.
It will be nice to see him add to his 3.4 assists per game.
Perry Ellis showed some promise in stretches as a freshman despite seeing limited scoring opportunities.
He's not much of shot-creator, but at 6'8'', he moves well and has a good feel for finishing inside. Ellis has also shown a soft touch on a mid-range jumper that he'll need to continue threatening defenses with moving forward.
He should receive more touches this year without Jeff Withey, Kevin Young and Travis Releford at the 3, 4 and 5 positions. Staying active and aggressive will be the name of the game for Ellis once conference play gets underway.
I like Elfrid Payton as a potential under-the-radar prospect in the 2014 NBA draft.
A raw but promising point guard, Payton has ideal physical tools that should allow him to excel on both sides of the ball.
He's got great length, quickness and superb athleticism, and at around 6'4'', he's got a nice size advantage at the position.
The issue with Payton is his perimeter game, as he's only made 16 career threes in two years at Louisiana Lafayette.
Still, he averaged 16 points, 5.7 boards and 5.5 assists, and though it came against mediocre competition, you can just tell he's got the flare that should generate NBA attention.
Yogi Ferrell is Indiana's top playmaker, with the quickness and ball skills that are tough to contain in the open floor.
He averaged 4.1 assists in 28 minutes as a freshman, despite having to share the ball with former-senior Jordan Hulls.
Ferrell should see an increase in responsibilities and reps as the team's primary ball-handler in 2013-14.
Teams will keep an eye on his shooting percentage, as well as his ability to facilitate in the half court.
Joel James should see an increased role as a sophomore, where his 6'10'', 260-pound body could be used on UNC's interior.
He's an absolute monster down low, and though his skill set isn't refined, his physical tools contribute to easy buckets and boards. His challenge moving forward will be polishing up his low-post game so he can pose as an offensive option for half-court points.
James has a great chance at flying up boards as a sophomore if he's able to take advantage of his touches and minutes.
It appeared LeBryan Nash had taken some steps as a sophomore before reverting back to his freshman ways.
He started off the year hot, getting to the stripe at an excellent rate and also showing an improved shot selection and consistent results.
And then Nash got in a funk. And then he got out, only to fall back in.
He's the type of guy who can shoot 10-of-19 for 24 points on Monday and follow up with two points on 0-of-4 shooting the very next game.
Nash wouldn't have so much trouble with consistency if he improved his jumper. He shot below 25 percent from downtown in both years at Oklahoma State.
He's got an NBA-body for a wing with the ability to create his own shot. He'll just have to start hitting more of them as a junior.
Kendall Williams has an interesting set of physical tools and skills. At 6'4'', he's a combo guard who does a nice job of balancing scoring with playmaking.
As a distributor, Williams averaged nearly five assists a game, typically getting into the open floor and setting up teammates off the dribble. As a scorer, he's got work to do, particularly in regards to creating easy shots for himself in the half court.
But we've seen Williams get hot and score points in bunches. He scored 46 points in a game last season on 10 made threes.
Williams is on the draft bubble entering the year. He'll need to show some progression and more consistency to push him in.
A point guard at heart but a wing by body, Kyle Anderson had to adjust to an entirely new role as a freshman.
With last year's point guard Larry Drew no longer present, Anderson should get the opportunity under new head coach Steve Alford to get some reps at his natural position.
Nicknamed "Slo Mo" for a reason, Anderson isn't overly quick, athletic or explosive. He's just got great instincts, awareness and smarts, and at 6'7'', he can handle the ball and facilitate.
Anderson's passing skills are more impressive than his scoring, and without that big-time athleticism, he doesn't project as a can't-miss NBA prospect.
But he deserves a mention given the unique intangibles he brings to the table as a versatile point-forward.
Bobby Portis is a long power forward who can get up and down the floor and make plays at the rim. He works well from the elbow, where he's capable of knocking down short-range jumpers or attacking the hoop off a dribble or two.
At this stage of his development, Portis gets his buckets using his motor, hustle and size, unless there's room for him to operate one-on-one from the foul line extended.
He should get minutes early on for Arkansas as a freshman.
Will Sheehey is your jack-of-all-trades wing who's willing to do whatever is necessary on a particular possession to ensure his team comes away with a bucket.
Don't bother looking at the box score to see if Sheehey had a strong game because statistics don't reflect the impact he can potentially make.
He's got small-forward size and athleticism, can knock down open threes and can find the open man in the half court or transition.
There clearly isn't any upside here, but a pro team might be interested in Sheehey as a guy who can move the ball and make plays off it.
By now, everyone is pretty much aware of what Patric Young brings to the table. He's an enforcer, and at 6'9'' with 249 pounds of pure muscle, Young is good for protecting the paint, cleaning the glass and finishing in traffic.
He's shown little offensive progression from his sophomore-to-junior year, though, while his free-throw percentage dipped below 50 percent.
Unless he adds to his post game or improves his touch in the mid-range, Young will be considered a potential second-rounder for a team that is simply looking to beef up its front line.
Devon Collier has a strong upper body with a thin a waste, which allows him to bang on the inside and attack from the perimeter.
He can beat his man with a first step and take a line drive to the basket while maintaining body control throughout the finish.
Not afraid to bang underneath, Collier is capable of fighting for baskets inside.
He's not much of a shooter, but Collier's physical tools and motor look the part of an NBA forward. If he can expand his game out to 18-20 feet, he should be in consideration for a spot in the 2014 draft.
Jakarr Sampson is an interesting prospect with glowing strengths and throbbing weaknesses.
He averaged about 15 points and 6.6 boards as a freshman, tremendous numbers for a Big East newcomer. Sampson is active and athletic, and he can score around the key or finish above the rim.
But he didn't make one single three-pointer all season long. Small forwards with zero range have little margin for error with regard to the rest of their game.
We'll see if he can expand his perimeter game as a sophomore, which would catapult him up draft boards.
While there might be flaws in Aaron Craft's game with regard to transitioning from college to the pros, you may not find a more contagious combination of energy, effort and intensity.
Craft is a guy who can make his teammates want to work harder based on his effectiveness in supplementing talent with intangibles. He's not much of a scorer or high-flier, but he manages a game like a pro and has the confidence to make big plays.
I've seen opposing point guards ready to file a restraining order against Craft, whose commitment to harassing his defensive assignment is beyond admirable.
It wouldn't be shocking to see a team grab Craft in the second round. He's just too likable.
Jabari Bird is a talented wing scorer who can generate his own offense with the ball in his hands. He's able to create and convert shots on the perimeter or beat his man off the dribble and score with touch in the lane.
Adding strength will be a priority moving forward, but Bird should fill the spot left by Allen Crabbe.
We'll see how Bird can play when he's not given the freedom to consistently operate one-on-one, but there's no denying his scoring instincts and arsenal.
Dajuan Coleman was a top big-man recruit from the 2012 class, though his role as a freshman was limited.
Strictly an interior player, Coleman has a giant body and soft hands with solid scoring instincts in the paint.
Unfortunately, he weighed in at 290 pounds last year, a number that won't fly with the NBA folks. Coleman might be a little more elusive at a lighter playing weight, and that is something he should focus on over the next year of his college career.
He reminds me a little of Eddy Curry. The offensive feel is there, but not the conditioning.
The least known of UCLA's highly-touted freshmen core, Jordan Adams was the team's best player at times last season.
Unfortunately, he suffered a devastating foot injury in the conference tournament that forced him to miss the Big Dance. Prior to going down, Adams averaged 15 points on the year as a source for instant offense.
Not overly athletic or explosive, Adams has awesome scoring instincts and all sorts of confidence. He can heat up on the perimeter, knock down off-balance shots in the mid-range or attack the rim in the open floor.
His physical limitations might hinder his NBA outlook, but he should at least be in the conversation given how productive of a scorer he's shown he can be.
Shabazz Napier was a much more efficient guard as a junior at Connecticut, raising his scoring average four points up to 17 a game while improving his field-goal percentage, three-point shooting and turnover rate.
Blessed with scoring and playmaking abilities, Napier can create off the dribble and generate offense for himself or teammates. He's a combo guard, but at around 6'1'', 171 pounds, he probably won't get the option of playing the 2 in the pros.
Napier is an excellent perimeter defender, a creative passer and a lethal outside shooter. The concern is whether or not an NBA team would allow him to handle the ball and facilitate its offense.
Alex Kirk might have been New Mexico's best player last year, giving them a consistent interior presence and scoring option up front.
He's an offensive threat as a back-to-the-rim post player, or he can step out in the mid-range and show off that touch.
Kirk isn't an athlete by any means, but he's a guy who can get you baskets with the ball in his hands. Lacking realistic upside, Kirk is more of a second-round guy, but he is one that should at least enter the draft conversation.
Alec Brown was supposed to have his big breakout in 2012-13, but his rebounding and shot-blocking numbers both plummeted during his junior year.
He's got a soft touch from the high and low post, and with his reach and size, he's able to get his shots off fairly easily at the college level.
Whether or not he can take the physical punishment at the next level will likely be the main question here.
Brown averaged 14 points and only six boards last season for Green Bay.
D'Angelo Harrison was suspended by Coach Steve Lavin in 2013 for undisclosed behavioral issues, though he's expected to resume his role as the team's go-to scorer next year.
He's a combo guard who can generate his own offense at will. Harrison can heat up from the perimeter and create his own shot and projects as a microwave and source for instant offense if he's able to make the transition.
Harrison averaged nearly 18 points a game in a rough and tough Big East. Improving his shooting consistency and playmaking skills for teammates could give him a substantial bump up the board.
Winston Shepard flashed promise in doses as a freshman, and he should have a great opportunity as a sophomore with Jamaal Franklin gone to the NBA.
He's got a body and measurements built for the wing, and he showed that he can score in the mid-range or attacking the rim.
Creating his own shot and extending his range will be priorities moving forward.
College basketball's favorite gunner is returning for his senior year after leaning on the fence about his future following his championship run as a junior.
Russ Smith is what he is. He's a scorer in a point guard's body, and it's going to keep him from getting first and, potentially, second-round consideration.
But all it takes is one general manager to fall in love with his heart and effort and overlook his deficiencies. Nobody questions whether he has the motor or talent. It's just a matter of whether or not it will translate to professional success.
Tarik Black was a force for inside for Memphis but never emerged as a can't-miss prospect.
With his one year of eligibility remaining, Black transferred to Kansas and should get some big minutes in the spotlight playing alongside Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden. He's a bully down low with solid athleticism and imposing strength.
Black has struggled to consistently generate offense, but his responsibilities now and later will revolve around the physical presence he can make on the interior.
Nick Johnson possesses a compelling blend of athleticism and scoring skills, though at 6'3'', he's kind of an NBA tweener.
With the ball in his hands, Johnson can score in isolation as an attacker or perimeter shot-creator. He can also get out, start and finish on the break.
There's no doubt there are concerns with regard to what position he'd guard at the next level, which brings us back to the "tweener" label.
Still, Johnson should have a good chance in 2013-14 to show off his refined scoring repertoire without Mark Lyons stealing shots.
Nik Stauskas was Michigan's surprise contributor in 2013, providing them with a consistent shot-maker and long-range threat.
He was a big part of the team's success last season, as he allowed Michigan to space the floor and maximize everyone's talent in the lineup.
Stauskas had a huge game in the upset over Florida in the NCAA tournament, when he finished with 22 points on 6-of-6 shooting from three.
Given his 44 percent long-range stroke on 80-made triples, Stauskas might have some appeal as an NBA specialist.
Ryan Boatright was actually pretty impressive in terms of his offensive output as a sophomore. He averaged 15 points a game, breaking down defenders off the dribble and getting out in transition.
His quickness off the bounce opens up drive-and-dump opportunities where his big men are fed easy buckets. Boatright averaged 4.4 assists while sharing the ball with Shabazz Napier, but his three turnovers a game are reflective of his sometimes erratic decision-making.
Raising that three-ball from 33 percent up to around 37 percent would look a lot better on his resume if he chooses to enter the 2014 draft.
Khme Birch made the move from Pittsburgh to UNLV, providing them with an interior presence as a finisher, rebounder and shot-blocker.
That's pretty much all he is at this point. He did swat an impressive 2.6 shots in 22 minutes per game, but his skill set is unrefined, and he's essentially limited to scoring around the rim.
Birch is strong, mean and physical, but he will need to differentiate himself from the other bigs in 2014.
Jamil Wilson has the look of an NBA wing with 6'7'' size, a strong upper body and a thin waste.
He's explosive in the open floor and can knock down shots from all over the floor. Getting himself easier shots would allow him to get his field-goal percentage above 44 percent, but with Vander Blue no longer in the lineup, Wilson should see more offensive freedom.
Look for Wilson to emerge as Marquette's go-to guy early on.
Chris Obekpa isn't much of a basketball player, but he's tall, long and athletic, and he blocks shots at an absurd rate.
He averaged four blocks in 26 minutes a game, protecting the area above the rim thanks to his ability to anticipate and rise up.
As an NBA prospect, he'll be viewed as a defensive specialist, though it wouldn't hurt his cause to add one single post move.
Joe Jackson is coming off his best year at Memphis where he shot 44 percent from three and dished out a career-high 4.8 steals per game.
We know how quick he is in the open floor and off the dribble, but if he can continue knocking down shots from the outside and limiting his turnovers, Jackson might have a shot as a second-round option.
Fuquan Edwin had himself a really nice junior year where he averaged 16.5 points on 41 percent shooting from three.
He's gradually improved as a shooter in every year at Seton Hall, which has opened up the rest of his game off the dribble.
Edwin is long, athletic and defends the perimeter exceptionally well. With his improving offensive game, he should generate some looks as a second-round flier.