Yarina: My top Big Ten 2014 NBA Draft prospects

The 2013 NBA Draft has come and gone – five Big Ten products were selected – and now it’s time to start considering the conference’s top prospects for the 2014 NBA Draft. Kind of early, I know. See my list of our top 2014 NBA Draft prospects in this post.

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1. Glenn Robinson III, So., Michigan - The NBA drafts on potential, and few Big Ten players have more potential or a more prototypical pro body than Robinson III. Scouts will want to see the sophomore become more aggressive, and if he does, he’ll be a very early pick.

Per Game Team G GS MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TOPG PFPG FG% 3P% FT%
2012-13 Mich 39 39 33.6 11.0 5.4 1.1 1.0 0.3 0.8 1.1 .572 .324 .676
Career 39 39 33.6 11.0 5.4 1.1 1.0 0.3 0.8 1.1 .572 .324 .676

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2. Adreian Payne, Sr., Michigan State - If Payne improves his inside game, there’s no telling how high he could go in next year’s draft. Even if he doesn’t, every NBA team would love to have a 6-10 athletic freak who can stroke it from deep and defend.

Per Game Team G GS MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TOPG PFPG FG% 3P% FT%
2010-11 MSU 34 6 9.0 2.5 2.4 0.1 0.3 0.8 0.6 1.2 .472 .000 .486
2011-12 MSU 37 36 17.9 7.0 4.2 0.3 0.7 1.1 1.1 2.3 .566 .500 .697
2012-13 MSU 36 24 25.6 10.5 7.6 0.8 0.8 1.3 1.8 2.6 .546 .381 .848
Career 107 66 17.7 6.8 4.8 0.4 0.6 1.1 1.2 2.0 .542 .378 .734

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3. Gary Harris, So., Michigan State - Harris impressed NBA scouts as a freshman despite rarely, if ever, being 100 percent healthy. They’ll like the deadly shooter even more when he is confident enough to drive and slash the way he wants to.

Per Game Team G GS MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TOPG PFPG FG% 3P% FT%
2012-13 MSU 34 33 29.7 12.9 2.5 1.4 1.3 0.2 1.5 2.0 .456 .411 .755
Career 34 33 29.7 12.9 2.5 1.4 1.3 0.2 1.5 2.0 .456 .411 .755

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4. Mitch McGary, So., Michigan - McGary has so much going for him, whether it be his motor/energy, his strength, or his do-it-all skills. Perhaps the best rebounder in next year’s draft, the burly sophomore will only improve with increased playing time and responsibility.

Per Game Team G GS MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TOPG PFPG FG% 3P% FT%
2012-13 Mich 39 8 19.7 7.5 6.3 0.6 1.1 0.7 1.2 2.4 .598 - .442
Career 39 8 19.7 7.5 6.3 0.6 1.1 0.7 1.2 2.4 .598 - .442

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5. A.J. Hammons, So., Purdue - While Hammons may still be a project on the offensive end, he has the size, length and ability to be an immediate factor on defense. The way Hammons can affect shots, NBA scouts shouldn’t let his developing offense concern them.

Per Game Team G GS MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TOPG PFPG FG% 3P% FT%
2012-13 Purdue 34 27 23.1 10.6 6.0 0.6 0.3 2.0 1.6 2.0 .495 - .681
Career 34 27 23.1 10.6 6.0 0.6 0.3 2.0 1.6 2.0 .495 - .681

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Next 5 (in alphabetical order)
Aaron Craft, Sr., Ohio State
Branden Dawson, Jr., Michigan State
Sam Dekker, So., Wisconsin
LaQuinton Ross, Jr., Ohio State
Noah Vonleh, Fr., Indiana

About Brent Yarina BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.

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Reality check on 6/29/2013 @ 3:43pm EDT Said:

Glenn Robinson number one, MSU Doug if you become a Wolverine fan within 60days all will be forgiven, full amnesty is on the table.

Jeremy on 7/10/2013 @ 2:58pm EDT Said:

Where is Tim Frazier? top 5 in assists, ppg, steals, ast-TO and coming back for sixth year…not even top ten? Ridiculous!

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 7/10/2013 @ 3:49pm EDT Said:

    I’m a HUGE Tim Frazier fan and think he is one of the Big Ten’s top talents. However, Achilles injuries are pretty serious, so it will be interesting to see if he loses anything? Either way, he’s going to be a terrific Big Ten player this upcoming season.

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