The 2013 NBA draft came and went, and a number of skilled players have found homes in the Association.
However, lost in the crazy commotion of trades and surprising selections, a handful of top-tier talents went undrafted.
Let’s take a look at some of the best available prospects that are now free agents, but shouldn’t be for long:
Jackie Carmichael, PF, Illinois State
Carmichael may be a bit undersized for an NBA-caliber big man, but what the Redbirds product lacks in height—he is only 6’9”—he more than makes up for in heart.
Will Carmichael catch on with an NBA team?
The 23-year-old contributed at a high level for four years during his tenure in Normal, Ill., averaging 17.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks during his senior campaign.
He’s a tough cookie who doesn’t take any nonsense in the paint. He’s athletic enough to sky up for alley-oops and isn’t afraid to throw down vicious jams, especially over bigger opponents.
While he’s not going to be an offensive beast, Carmichael is a high-motor, high-energy prospect who will find a way to get minutes and make a positive impact if he catches on with an NBA team.
Myck Kabongo, PG, Texas
Surprisingly, Kabongo didn’t find his name called after 60 picks in the draft.
However, the Miami Heat recognized his talent and the defending champs immediately extended him an offer to play for their summer league squad, as per Alex Kennedy of HOOSPWORLD.
Undrafted free agent Myck Kabongo will play with the Miami Heat's summer league team. Huge addition for Miami. Very talented young man.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 28, 2013
It was a brilliant decision, as the Longhorns product is an extremely skilled point guard who is drawing comparisons to Rajon Rondo.
Kabongo is immensely athletic and capable of penetrating the lane at will. Once there, his top-notch facilitating skills kick in, as he has proven time and time again that he would prefer to dish it out to his teammates on the drive rather than attempt a contested finish at the rim.
With world-class teammates surrounding him—something he wasn’t accustomed to on a poor Texas squad—Kabongo could quickly become one of the more intriguing young point guards in the NBA.
Khalif Wyatt, SG, Temple
After putting himself on the map during the 2013 NCAA tournament, Wyatt wasn’t fortunate enough to parlay his March Madness success into having his name called on draft night.
However, the Philadelphia 76ers clearly recognized the homegrown talents unique skills as a scorer and have invited him to participate on their summer league team, as per ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
This one is for you, @KNegandiESPN: Temple's Khalif Wyatt is expected to split time between Dallas and Philadelphia for the summer league.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 28, 2013
He’ll also be joining up with the Dallas Mavericks, who could possibly be in the market for a shooting guard if O.J. Mayo bolts in free agency.
The 6’4”, 215-pound senior averaged 20.5 points, 4.0 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals in his final campaign with the Owls. He’s a proven shooter who excelled in the face of adversity, especially on the biggest stage.
It would be a shock if this pure scorer didn’t catch on and get a much-deserved chance to shine in the Association.