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NBA Draft 2014: Latest Rumors Surrounding Top Undeclared Prospects
Gerry Broome

The dominoes continue to fall in regards to the 2014 NBA draft class.

Big names like Duke's Jabari Parker are inbound, but there are those who have yet to make a decision, or at the very least make that decision known.

The reasons are numerous, but more often than not, prospects like to wait it out and see how they stack up against the rest of the class. This is especially important this year with such a deep class set to take the NBA by storm.

A few players—both big and small—have yet to make decisions, but it's clear we're getting close. Let's take a look.

 

Rodney Hood Set to Join Jabari Parker?

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It's apparently been a bad week for Duke.

First Parker, now Rodney Hood, at least according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:

Duke sophomore forward Rodney Hood has decided to enter the NBA draft, sources told Yahoo Sports.

Hood and Duke plan to make a formal announcement within the next several days, sources said.

Hood is deep into the agent selection process, narrowing his choices to two prospective agencies, sources said.

After playing his freshman year at Mississippi State, Hood transferred to Duke and wreaked havoc alongside Parker. He averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game and posted a minimum of 13 points in each of his final four collegiate games, which came in the NCAA tournament.

His solid all-around performances won him multiple team awards:

He clearly left a lasting impression on the program, as coach Mike Krzyzewski sounds sad to see him go, per Bret Strelow of The Fayetteville Observer:

I wish we had him for more than one year. The growth he’s had in this year is terrific, and it’s because he wants to be coached and he takes responsibility. Anybody who is willing to take responsibility for his or her actions usually does better. That’s what Rodney does.

With sound defense and a natural scoring ability, Hood has the intangibles to succeed upon arrival at the next level.

 

Sim Bhullar Sounds Ready to Tackle Pros

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If true, Sim Bhullar's decision to enter the NBA draft may go down as the most polarizing decision of all this year.

According to Josh Gershon of Scout.com, the 7'5", 355-pound center has made his decision:

The response has been mostly negative, as Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix and ESPN's Jeff Goodman help to illustrate:

There's no question Bhullar was a big producer at the collegiate level. He averaged 10.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game last season while nearly shooting 65 percent from the floor with the New Mexico State Aggies. The biggest knock is his conditioning, which is something that can presumably improve with time.

As Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo! Sports points out, there is a lot to like about Bhullar:

The biggest strengths of Bhullar's game are his ability to clog the lane and alter shots around the rim on defense and his soft hands and ability to pass out of a double team on offense. He'd be both the tallest player in the NBA and the first player of Indian descent in the NBA if he's able to latch on with a team, which would potentially make him far more marketable than the typical rookie free agent.

Eisenberg also points out that the decision is likely fueled by the fact that Bhullar's body will break down quicker than a normal NBA player's would. In time, he may be one of the more interesting stories from the class.

 

The Harrison Twins' Dilemma

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Andrew and Aaron Harrison, along with Julius Randle, helped to urge Kentucky to the NCAA title game after a lackluster overall season by the team.

Both did much to carry the team in all facets, as noted by their stat averages:

Player Points Rebounds Assists Shooting Percentage
Andrew Harrison 10.9 3.2 4.0 .367
Aaron Harrison 13.7 3.0 1.9 .423

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Now both have to decide on their future. According to ESPN's Chad Ford, the response from the NBA hasn't been great, and it's having an impact on the decision:

For what it's worth, not even coach John Calipari knows if he'll have the youngsters back leading the offense next year, per John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader:

Both come equipped with a natural ability to score and orchestrate an offense, but the Harrison twins appear to want a sure thing at the next level. If that's the case, NBA teams in search of guards that ooze potential have to wait another year, while a national powerhouse remains strong as two critical pieces return.

 

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