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April 2nd, 2014
NBADraft.net: What made playing for Larry Brown at SMU was so appealing to you?
Emmanuel Mudiay: Well first of all I prayed about it and that’s where Jesus was leading me too, it’s also home. To me he’s the greatest coach of all time along with Phil Jackson and he’s the only coach to win an NCAA and NBA championship. Why not get coached by one of the greatest coaches ever?
It’s a 2014 Final Four that is chock full of compelling stories – and interesting paths each club took on its way to Arlington, TX.
What it is NOT is a foursome of clubs – minus one notable exception – with any “sure-fire” first-round selections in the next NBA Draft.
Only Kentucky, via freshmen Julius Randle and James Young, and sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein, seems assured of having first-round, “I’m gonna shake hands with Adam Silver!” moments on June 26.
#1 Florida vs. #4 UCLA
How Florida made it here:
March Madness has lived up to its billing once again, providing incredible upsets and fantastic performances that we saw from Thursday to Sunday. No bracket was left unscathed and Warren Buffet keeps his billion dollars. The contestants of the Player Pool also succumbed to the unpredictability of the tournament, with each of us losing at least one member of our chosen team. Here are the scores heading into the Sweet 16, along with some analysis regarding where everyone stands moving forward. An asterisk and description is placed next to players that are no longer in the tournament.
#1 Virginia versus #4 Michigan State 9:55 EST
#9 Kentucky vs. #4 Louisville
#1 Arizona vs. #4 San Diego St.
With the first weekend of the NCAA Tourney in the books and the Sweet Sixteen set, the 2014 draft is steadily coming into focus. Here is a third extended look at this year's first round with descriptions for each of the prospects.