NBA Draft 2013: Top Prospects Who Weren't Drafted
For some prospects, the NBA draft is a cause for celebration.
For others, a cause for heartache.
Seeing 60 other names get selected before you can be devastating, especially when you are widely expected to be selected.
Three talented players in particular were passed over on Thursday. While each had some areas of concern, it was still a shock to see them get ignored on draft day.
Here's a look at the top prospects who weren't drafted in the 2013 NBA draft on Thursday in Brooklyn.
3. Myck Kabongo, PG, Texas
Myck Kabongo could have played his way into the first round if he had more of a chance to show his skills over the course of a season in 2012-13, but he missed the first 23 games of the season due to an NCAA infraction.
The biggest concern with Kabongo is his jump shot (he shot 42 percent in the 11 games he did play last season at Texas), but he's a pure point guard with excellent vision who can be a pesky defender. You add in his quickness and it seems like he could be able to translate to the NBA.
But Kabongo's name wasn't called on Thursday, and the 20-year-old may have a hard road ahead of him to eventually make it into the NBA ranks.
2. Jackie Carmichael, PF, Illinois State
Considering Jackie Carmichael has drawn more than a few comparisons to Udonis Haslem, you would think he would have been selected on Thursday, perhaps in the early second round.
But Carmichael watched the first 60 picks come and go in Brooklyn.
The 23-year-old big man is strong, physical and explosive, and he uses that to dominate on the glass, block shots and finish at the hoop. He averaged 17.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks at Illinois State last season.
Carmichael's age and lack of a perimeter game may have come back to bite him on Thursday, but he does other things so well that it was stunning to see him go undrafted.
1. C.J. Leslie, SF, N.C. State
The expectations for C.J. Leslie were through the roof from the start. He was dubbed the No. 11 overall recruit in the 2010 class by ESPN coming out of Word of God Christian Academy.
But, despite showing signs of being a high-impact player in the NBA at N.C. State, he never seemed to touch his potential, even as a junior.
That being said, Leslie still averaged 15.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in his junior season at N.C. State. Even if he didn't meet his high expectations, he showed enough to be selected in the NBA draft.
The snub of Leslie on Thursday marked a nosedive for the 23-year-old that appeared to start a long time ago.
Of course, the fact that Leslie only did two workouts for teams headed into the draft may have been a bad decision in retrospect, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
After two workouts, N.C. State forward CJ Leslie shut it down w/ teams. He's expected to be selected in 30's. One of draft's top athletes.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 27, 2013
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