Kansas Basketball: Breaking Down NBA Draft Stock for Jayhawks' Top Stars
Kansas could feasibly supply the NBA with 10 new faces from the 2013-14 team in the next three years, and despite impressive starts to the season for two big men, all eyes remain on mega-recruit Andrew Wiggins.
Wiggins is one of four especially intriguing recruits on Bill Self's roster, and all four have seen their draft stock fluctuate significantly over the first three weeks of the season.
A review of the draft stock for KU's stars reveals some interesting projections.
Perry Ellis could become the best four-year player during Bill Self's tenure at Kansas. However, that type of player rarely possesses the skills that NBA scouts drool over.
Chad Ford of ESPN.com described the 6'8" Ellis simply, yet perfectly, saying, "Bit of a tweener?"
The sophomore is currently projected as a second round/undrafted prospect, largely due to an uninviting perimeter game coupled with a hesitance by scouts to trust his small forward frame inside the paint.
While Bill Self would certainly vouch for his reliable big man to receive a first-round grade, it appears unrealistic. But, for what it's worth, NBADraft.net has Ellis slotted in at No. 20 overall in their latest mock draft.
Wayne Selden, Jr.
The jury is still out on Wayne Selden, Jr., yet a 6'5", 230-pound shooting guard with a 50 percent shooting stroke and deceptive strength, projects well at the next level.
Selden is taking less than three free throws per game, a number very indicative of his lack of explosiveness seven games into the season. His stock has not fallen much from the preseason lottery pick projections, though, as he remains Bill Self's No. 2 playmaker.
Zach Harper of CBSSports.com isn't concerned with his average start, saying "Feels like Wayne Selden is an NBA player that will struggle a little bit with the college game. But once he gets to the league, he could be lighting opposing arenas on fire."
Other analysts project Selden anywhere between the No. 6/7 slot and late lottery, largely referencing the performances of other playmakers in the 2014 draft class.
Saying Joel Embiid is moving up draft boards would be an understatement. Saying Joel Embiid is skyrocketing up draft boards would be an understatement.
Joel Embiid is abusing, pulverising and revolutionizing draft boards. Too much?
The Cameroon native is putting up Jeff Withey-like numbers during his first season in Lawrence. He is averaging an ultra-efficient 1.1 combined points, rebounds and blocks per minute played.
While the 7-footer has been plagued by foul trouble, as expected, with 4-plus fouls in five of KU's seven games, aggressive footwork and sneaky ball-handling has scouts drooling.
Embiid entered 2013-14 as a mid-to-late round projection but quickly rose into the top five, and he even has some convinced he's deserving of the No. 1 overall pick.
The most highly scrutinized player in the 2013 class has seen his draft stock take an intriguing hit over the first three weeks of the 2013-14 season.
Despite averaging 14.3 points on 49 percent shooting, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game as an 18-year-old freshman playing in a complex, pass-heavy, non-isolation scheme, Andrew Wiggins has fallen from the consensus No. 1 overall pick to an increasingly debatable top five pick.
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated said, "Scouts aren't down on Wiggins, but most would like to see more consistency." Mannix recently replaced Wiggins (No. 2 overall) at No. 1 overall with Kentucky freshman Julius Randle.