NBA Draft Rumors: JaJuan Johnson and 4 Prospects Rumored to Be Out of Round 1
But with each rise, there must also be a fall. In ESPN's Chad Ford's recent mock drafts (which can be found in the Insider section of ESPN.com), several players have taken a dip into the second round.
One of the most notable to fall out of the first round is former Purdue forward JaJuan Johnson. Ford currently projects Johnson to land at No. 31 to the Miami Heat (either the best or worst situation for a rookie—it all depends on whether or not they win a title).
Johnson averaged 20 points and eight rebounds per game during his senior season at Purdue. The 6'10" senior put up 16 points and 16 boards in Purdue's win over St. Peter's in the NCAA tournament and 20 points and 14 rebounds in the loss to Virginia Commonwealth. He's shown he can produce under pressure.
What people forget is that Purdue lost All-American candidate Robbie Hummel for the entire season, which might have cost them a No. 1 seed and who knows how many wins in the NCAA tournament. If the Boilermakers make the Elite Eight, Johnson and Hummel are both top-20 picks.
Ford says Johnson could go as high as No. 25 to the Boston Celtics, who would love to get a big shooter.
Johnson dropped six spots between drafts, but some players have fallen even further. Here are four players rumored to be out of the first round.
Kansas PG Josh Selby
If we're being honest, Josh Selby had a pretty dismal first season as a Kansas Jayhawk. He averaged just eight points per game, and that's probably hurt his stock in recent weeks.
Much of Selby's ineffectiveness was caused by time missed. The 20-year-old missed the first nine games of the collegiate season while serving a suspension and then another three games due to an ankle injury that robbed him of his quickness for the rest of the season.
Many expect Selby will morph into an effective slashing point guard with some range in the NBA.
In ESPN's Chad Ford's most recent mock draft, Selby goes at No. 37 to the Los Angeles Clippers. That's down 11 spots from the week before, when Ford had Selby landing at No. 26 to the Dallas Mavericks.
Michigan PG Darius Morris
As a sophomore at Michigan, Darius Morris upped his scoring to 15 points per game, 10 points above his freshman average. A few weeks ago, ESPN's Chad Ford had Morris landing at No. 23 to the Houston Rockets.
But now, Ford has Morris falling all the way to No. 38 to the same team. This is largely due to the need for big men towards the end of the first round. A lot of contenders just need to replace big bodies on a yearly basis.
Morris has good size and should be able to defend point guards immediately. Ford says he sees "a lot of Andre Miller to [Morris'] game."
Maryland C Jordan Williams
ESPN's Chad Ford's Mock Draft 2.0 had Jordan Williams picked by the Boston Celtics at No. 25 as a sleeper Kendrick Perkins.
He's fallen all the way to the middle of the second round, where Ford now projects he'll be selected by the Atlanta Hawks at No. 48.
The 20-year-old out of Maryland averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds per game during his sophomore campaign. Questions about his fitness and weight are probably to blame for his rapid free fall.
Hofstra PG Charles Jenkins
Jenkins is one of the best scorers in the draft, averaging nearly 23 points per game during his senior season. But questions about Hofstra's level of competition are probably giving scouts pause.