The 2014 NBA draft class isn't only celebrated for its projected all-stars.
It's also one of the deepest in years.
The competition of deep classes causes some prospects to fall further than they should for a variety of reasons. Here are the most undervalued of such prospects in 2014.
PG Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
19 years old, 6’3”, 182 pounds
Freshman stats: 12.9 points, 5.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game
Once upon a time, Tyler Ennis was rated the third-best point guard in the class only behind Dante Exum and Marcus Smart. That time was during the actual basketball season, when Ennis was making plays like this:
Ennis finished the year by averaging 17.6 points over the Orange's last seven games. His heroics have since been forgotten, though.
On draft night, he may be the sixth point guard to hear his name called after Exum, Smart, Elfrid Payton, Zach LaVine and Shabazz Napier. Ennis could slide because he isn't a workout warrior—he's a gamer. His ceiling isn't as high as many of the other point guards in the draft, but he's the most pure and pro-ready of them all.
PF Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee
20 years old, 6'9", 263 pounds
Junior stats: 15.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game
Jarnell Stokes, the heaviest player at the combine, weighed 262.8 pounds. He also measured in at just 8.2 percent body fat. In other words, he's a tank.
But he's a tank that can fly. He recorded a 36.0-inch vertical at the combine (higher than Exum) and 3.26 three-quarter-court sprint (faster than Aaron Gordon).
Stokes' height will keep him from getting drafted high. He may even last into the second round. But he has the physical gifts and on-court resume to do damage on the glass as a super sub.
SG C.J. Wilcox, Washington
23 years old, 6'5", 201 pounds
Senior stats: 18.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game
This is what ESPN's Chad Ford (subscription needed) had to say about C.J. Wilcox after the combine:
[Wilcox] was one of the best shooters at the NBA draft combine and showed why again in both drills and in the 3-on-3 games. He has a quick release, deep range and you can't leave him open. He also was the only one on the floor who could (sort of) slow down Elfrid Payton. Wilcox moves well without the ball, is a very good athlete and just plays smart basketball.
Despite this high praise, Wilcox is slipping out of the first round in a lot of mocks. His age could have something to do with it. But considering that teams can't have too many shooters, and there are few pure shooters in the draft as gifted athletically and defensively as Wilcox, his stock could be significantly higher.
Wilcox nailed 2.8 threes a game at a rate of 39.1 percent his senior year.
David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.
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