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?
It's apparently been a bad week for Duke.
First Parker, now Rodney Hood, at least according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:
Duke sophomore forwardhas 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:
Iron Duke award for most minutes played goes to Rodney Hood, leading the team with 1,150 minutes played.— Duke Basketball (@dukebasketball) April 16, 2014
Another upset! Rodney Hood wins the team’s best defensive player award, presumably edging out Thornton.— Duke Basketball (@dukebasketball) April 16, 2014
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
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:
New Mexico State sophomore center Sim Bhullar is entering the NBA Draft, per a source.— Josh Gershon (@JoshGershon) April 17, 2014
The response has been mostly negative, as Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix and ESPN's Jeff Goodman help to illustrate:
Whoever is reportedly telling Sim Bhullar that it's a good idea to enter the NBA draft is someone Bhullar should stop listening to.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) April 17, 2014
@ChrisMannixSI The Big Show vs. Bhullar? I am in. This is a horrific decision.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 17, 2014
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
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:
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:
Harrison twins were strongly leaning toward draft. Now they are considering returning to UK after NBA feedback. Should decide on Tues/Wed— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) April 17, 2014
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:
Calipari says he has "no idea" if Harrison twins are coming back— John Clay (@johnclayiv) April 17, 2014
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.