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Draft Rumors: Wiggins, Parker, Smart

Earlier today, we learned Ohio State small forward LaQuinton Ross is on the fence about entering the draft.  While he’s not one of the top talents available this June, Ross was ranked No. 32 by ESPN’s Chad Ford and that’s no small feat given the depth of this year’s class.  Here’s the latest draft news..

  • Projected lottery picks Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Doug McDermott some of their worst during NCAA tournament action the past few days. Still, their performances haven’t discouraged NBA team executives, who tell Chris Mannix of that this weekend’s results will do little to alter their draft stocks (Twitter link).
  • In today’s column, David Aldridge of looks at the shallow pool of point guards in the 2014 draft.  While there’s a significant drop-off after Australian prospect Dante Exum, Oklahoma State sophomore Marcus Smart, and Syracuse freshman Tyler Ennis, Aldridge rightfully notes that it’s not a huge problem for most NBA teams.  The classic, pass-first floor general is nearly extinct thanks to rule changes over the years.
  • NBA scouts told Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post that they regarded 6’6″ Colorado point guard Spencer Dinwiddie a late first-round pick, at least, before he tore his ACL in January. Concerns about his recovery and the absence of a chance to take part in predraft workouts will make it easy for Dinwiddie to decide against entering this year’s draft, Dempsey believes.

Chuck Myron contributed to this post.

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