5. Andrew Harrison — The 6-5 point guard and his twin brother pledged to Kentucky in October, but Andrew could turn out to be John Calipari’s most important recruit.
After all, he will be running the point next season in Lexington, deciding how the ball is allocated and dispersed among a group of star players that will include holdovers Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer, and newcomers Aaron Harrison (his twin brother), Julius Randle, Marcus Lee, James Young and Dakari Johnson.
“Me, as a man, I believe nobody can beat me,” Harrison said during the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn.
From the Chicago Tribune: “Parker had perhaps the best showing of any player on the West squad during the morning practice (at the McDonald’s tournament), connecting from deep and mid-range, scoring in the post and off the dribble and dunking powerfully in transition. ”I did all right,” Parker said. “I’m getting better chemistry with my teammates. I don’t want to be that guy who burns bridges before the game, so I’ve got to be nice to the point guards.”
There remains some question about if, and when, Parker will take his Mormon Mission, which could complicate his entry into the NBA. For now, we expect big things from him next season at Duke, big enough that he will be a lottery pick in 2014.
7. Dante Exum — The 17-year-old Australian combo guard is projected to go No. 8 in the 2014 draft by DraftExpress.com.
UK-committed Karl Towns Jr. (Dominican Republic), Wiggins (Canada) and Exum were among 10 international players who competed as members of the World Select Team in the Nike Hoop Summit on April 20 in Portland, Ore.
Exum went for 16 points, three rebounds and two assists as the World Team beat the USA, 112-98.
8. Glenn Robinson III — The 6-6 small forward from Michigan and son of former NBA player Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson opted to return for his sophomore season after being projected as a late-lottery pick.
Robinson played more minutes and started more games than any freshman in Michigan history as the Wolverines reached the NCAA Championship, losing to Louisville. He started all 39 games and played 1,312 minutes, averaging 11 points and 5.4 rebounds.
With another season on campus alongside fellow projected 2014 pick Mitch McGary, Robinson has a chance to help his stock with a big season.
“We’re excited to come back for another season,” he said.
9. Aaron Harrison — A 6-5 shooting guard, Harrison will share time in a loaded backcourt at Kentucky next season that also includes incoming shooting guard James Young.
We recommend a clickthrough to this story by Adam Himmelsbach of the Louisville Courier-Journal: “Aaron and Andrew don’t have other siblings, but they recently assumed the role of big brothers after their aunt, Sheryl, died in Baltimore following a long battle with cancer. After she died, the Harrison family took in her two teenage sons, Khalil and Hakeem Butler, who moved from Maryland and enrolled at Travis High School in Richmond, Texas.”
10. Mitch McGary —The 6-10, 250-pound McGary upped his stock tremendously by helping Michigan reach the NCAA title game and being named to the Final Four All-Tournament team.
He averaged 14.3 points and 10.7 rebounds while shooting 67.8 percent from the field during the Big Dance. In addition to scoring a career-best 25 points against Kansas in the Sweet 16 and hauling in a career-best 14 rebounds against VCU in the Round of 32, McGary recorded three of his five double-doubles during the tournament.
Many thought McGary would capitalize and come out, but he opted to remain on campus.
He will be 22 years old by the 2014 draft, which may work against him. He will have to continue to play well next season to help himself.
“He reminds me of David Lee,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. “Big-time athlete, David was. David really improved his shooting. Couldn’t shoot a lick. He was shooting air balls from the foul line in college. (McGary is a) great runner. Very active. Now he’s become a great passer. Tremendous outlet guy. Great basketball player.”