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Of the 8 sophomores taken in the 2013 Draft, 6 were among the first 11 picks. This sophomore group figures to be closer to the 2012 draft with 13 draftees, it also should have a few taken in the lottery. A large amount of players from last year's freshman class decided to return, maintaining a great deal of talent in this class.
1. Marcus Smart 6-4 220 PG/SG Oklahoma St.
With many of the marquee non-conference battles already in the books, the rising/falling candidates become more difficult to identify. With that said, this week’s Stock Watch puts forth an interesting blend of finished product upperclassmen and potential laden-underclassmen from across the collegiate landscape. Without further ado…
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
From Clifton McNeely to Anthony Bennett, NBA fans have borne witness to 65 NBA drafts over the course of the league's history. Since the first ever selection in 1947 by the Pittsburgh Pioneers of the aforementioned McNeely, NBA franchises' hopes have been tethered to the success or failures of their teams' perspective drafts since its on-set.
Losses by Michigan State, Kentucky and Kansas (in that order) last week have shaken up the upper tier of the Power 16 Ratings.
And that’s why the Ohio State Buckeyes have ascended to the top.
And, to cut off any and all Arizona or Syracuse fans who believe – perhaps, rightly – is the best club in the country right now, recall the rules of this puppy:
If you know anything about college basketball, it’s that the popular thing to do is to hate Duke. Unfortunately for those of us who do, it’s been hard to for us to find something legitimate to criticize since the legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski took over the program decades ago. For a little while it seemed we finally had that criticism of him, but that has been squashed recently and we largely believe it was due to his success with the Men’s Olympics basketball team.
There are all sorts of swell matchups this week, largely due to the ACC-Big Ten hookups.
Tuesday’s action includes Indiana at Syracuse (No. 6), Michigan at Duke (9) and Notre Dame at Iowa.
Wednesday it will be North Carolina at top-ranked Michigan State, Wisconsin (14) at Virginia and Maryland at Ohio State (4).
Another one to watch Monday: Florida (12) at Connecticut (7).
Just as knowing is half the battle, being an NBA ready talent is only half of what makes or breaks an NBA career. The D-League, Euroleagues, and cashier lines are littered with former NBA fodder; soon to-be-stars for whom prodigious athletic skill wasn't quite enough to keep their proverbial cup of coffee warm. Some are injury-riddled, some are befuddled by glaring holes in their game, most just never came to the realization that being a superior athlete often just isn't enough.
The talent level present in today’s college game continues to astound on a nightly basis. From point guards to centers, and from BCS conferences to the mid-majors, the NCAA game is fully saturated. This week’s Stock Watch was hardly an easy task to compile, with names like Olivier Hanlan and Nick Johnson being scrapped from the list.
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State