The 2014 NBA draft tracker: Jabari Parker continues to shine as others have ups and downs
Jason DeCrow, AP
Every big-time NBA prospect in the college game has been on the floor in the last couple of weeks with varying results. While players like Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid and Julius Randle have looked good, some have had their struggles. With an ever-changing list of players moving in the latest mock drafts, here is a look at the players from the NCAA who could end up in a Jazz uniform a season from now.
Jabari Parker, Fr., Duke: The Blue Devils had two games since the update and Parker played well in both. Against Gardner-Webb, Parker played just 26 minutes, but still managed to put up 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting to go along with six rebounds.
In his game three days later against UCLA, he really showed off his all-around game in an 80-63 victory. Parker made 4 of 8 from 3-point range and all five of his free-throw attempts on the way to 23 points. Parker also tallied 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season while setting a new career high in assists with five.
Of the players projected to go in the top 10 in the draft, Parker is the most polished to this point.
Rodney Hood, So., Duke: Hood didn't have his best two games by any stretch of the imagination against Gardner-Webb and UCLA. He shot a combined 11 for 26 from the floor and just 3 for 13 from distance while scoring 29 points. He did make all of his free throws and grab 10 rebounds in the two contests, but because of his shooting woes, Hood's scoring average dropped to 18.5 points a game. Even after this little slump, Hood is still shooting 55.4 percent from the field for the 9-2 Blue Devils.
Andrew Wiggins, Fr., Kansas: after a two-game losing streak, the Jayhawks bounced back nicely in defeating the New Mexico Lobos and the Georgetown Hoyas. The same can't be said for Wiggins, however. After two of his better games of the year in the losses to Florida and Colorado, Wiggins really struggled offensively in his latest two games.
In the 80-63 win over New Mexico, Wiggins shot just 3 for 11 from the floor and finished the night with 11 points. As always, he was solid on the defensive end and finished with four rebounds and two blocks in 28 minutes on the floor.
Against the Hoyas, Wiggins wasn't much better. In the Jayhawks 86-64 victory, Wiggins was 3 for 10 from the floor and 4 for 4 from the line and finished the game with 12 points. Although he finished with a career-low one rebound, Wiggins did hand out four assists and have three steals. Even though he struggled with his shot, Wiggins finally showed some visible fire and intensity, which hasn't been very evident so far with Kansas.
Joel Embiid, Fr., Kansas: Embiid played two of his best games of the year and is starting to shows flashes of his enormous potential. Against the Lobos, Embiid set a new career high with 18 points while missing just one shot from the field the entire game. He also grabbed six rebounds, blocked four shots and recorded three steals in 25 minutes of play.
Against the Hoyas, Embiid was also impressive. In just 21 minutes on the floor, Embiid scored 17 points and added eight rebounds in the Jayhawks blowout win.
Aaron Gordon, Fr., Arizona: We were able to see all sides of Gordon in the Wildcats last three wins. Against Michigan, Gordon did a bit of everything in their comeback win. He showed nice touch from the floor making 7 of 11 shots as well as registering five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block.
In the Arizona 69-43 win over Southern, Gordon showed how he could dominate the paint and score almost at will, finishing the night with 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the field in just 29 minutes. In that game he also showed us one of his game's biggest deficiencies. Gordon made just 4-of-10 attempts from the free-throw line and is shooting just 45.2 percent from the stripe on the season.
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