Deep final list of early entrants for NBA Draft helps Wizards

Deep final list of early entrants for NBA Draft helps Wizards
May 1, 2014, 8:30 am
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Say you're an NBA team. An NBA team with only a second-round pick in the upcoming two-round draft. An NBA team with only a second-round pick in the upcoming two-round draft and possibly more than half the current roster entering free agency this off-season. If you were that NBA team, you'd want the draft chock full of prospects so interesting options would be around when you pick midway or deep into round two. 

It appears you - a.k.a. the Washington Wizards - got your wish.

The NBA announced on Wednesday that 75 players have filed to become early entrants in the 2014 draft. The breakdown is 45 from American colleges, including Duke's Jabari Parker and Kansas' Andrew Wiggins, and 30 international players. That's on top of seniors including Creighton's Doug McDermott and Connecticut's Shabazz Napier.

In the latest mock draft by DraftExpress.com, 26 of the 30 players selected in round are early entrants or international players. Australian guard Dante Exum is the top non-college prospect and arguably a top 5 prospect overall.

Obviously the Wizards, projected to have the 46th pick in the DraftExpress mock, will miss out on the Parker's and Wiggins's of the world, not to mention the McDermott's and Napier's. Only Napier is not a lottery lock and the title-winning guard looks good for round one. 

Also, not all of these early entrants are truly draft worthy, though in fairness I've never seen William Alston from Baltimore County's Dundalk Community College play ball.

However others will now get pushed back in the draft simply because there are plenty of options (The only caveat is with the international players. Will NBA teams fall more in or out of love upon closer inspection). 

Notable college players in the 40-55 range in the DE mock include PF Patrick Young (Florida), PF Dwight Powell (Stanford), SG Jabari Brown* (Missouri), SG Nick Johnson (Arizona), PF Jarnell Stokes (Tennessee) and PG Jahii Carson (Arizona State). 

[* This means absolutely nothing nearly two months out, but DE has the Wizards taking Brown.]

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The Wizards will have plenty of roster space available. Six players are under contract and the team can make qualifying offers to Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin. They will also have the core of their team back, especially if they re-sign center Marcin Gortat and/or forward Trevor Ariza. That means a rookie can just help fill an important, but smaller role. Washington take can tab a player at just about any position, though there likely won't be many 2014 minutes available at small forward and possibly point guard.

College prospects listed below and international players available here

Jordan Adams, UCLA 
William Alston, CC of Baltimore County Dundalk 
Mychal Ammons, South Alabama 
Kyle Anderson, UCLA 
Isaiah Austin, Baylor 
Chane Behanan, Louisville 
Sim Bhullar, New Mexico State 
Khem Birch, UNLV 
Jabari Brown, Missouri 
Jahii Carson, Arizona State 
Semaj Christon, Xavier 
Jordan Clarkson, Missouri 
DeAndre Daniels, Connecticut 
Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado 
Joel Embiid, Kansas 
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse 
Aaron Gordon, Arizona 
Jerami Grant, Syracuse, 
P.J. Hairston, North Carolina/Texas (D-League) 
Gary Harris, Michigan State 
Rodney Hood, Duke 
Nick Johnson, Arizona 
Alex Kirk, New Mexico 
Zach LaVine, UCLA 
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina 
K.J. McDaniels, Clemson 
Mitch McGary, Michigan 
Eric Moreland, Oregon State 
Johnny O'Bryant III, LSU 
Jabari Parker, Duke 
Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette 
Julius Randle, Kentucky 
Glenn Robinson III, Michigan 
LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State 
Antonio Rucker, Clinton JC (SC) 
Jakarr Sampson, St. John's, 
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State 
Roscoe Smith, UNLV 
Nik Stauskas, Michigan 
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee 
Noah Vonleh, Indiana 
T.J. Warren, North Carolina State 
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas 
James Young, Kentucky 
Ta'Quan Zimmerman, Thompson Rivers (Canada)