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Fantasy AnalysisDinwiddie becomes the fifth Colorado player to declare early for the draft in program history, after averaging 14.7 points and 3.8 assists as a junior. His draft prospects took a hit when he suffered a torn ACL in January, but his impressive college production could allow him to slide into the late-first or early-second round. Even so, he's still could miss a large chunk of his rookie season as he recovers from the injury.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 6-foot-9 center was set to complete his degree at Georgetown in May, so he'll be eligible immediately for Nebraska in 2014-15 as a graduate student. Much of his value lies on the defensive end as a rim protector, as he totaled 23 blocked shots in 31 games for the Hoyas last season.
Fantasy AnalysisJohnson's announcement leaves just the Harrison twins as the only unknowns for Kentucky, and comes following the news that Alex Poythress will come back for his junior year. The big man had a strong NCAA Tournament, matching his career high with 15 points against Louisville in the Sweet 16. Johnson is currently projected as a first round pick if he comes out for the 2015 draft.
Fantasy AnalysisThe forward averaged 12.7 points and 7.9 rebounds a game in his freshman season, but his decision to return for at least another year does not come as a total surprise. Mickey is currently projected as an early second round pick if he comes out for the 2015 draft.
Fantasy AnalysisPoythress averaged 5.9 points and 4.5 boards in 18 minutes in his sophomore season. His numbers actually decreased in his second season, as Kentucky had more depth at the forward spot. With Julius Randle and James Young going pro and decisions looming for the Harrison brothers and Dakari Johnson, Poythress could see an increased role with the team next season and improve his draft stock.
Fantasy AnalysisAustin has unique tools for a 7-foot-1 player, possessing three-point range, and other qualities generally associated with guards and small forwards. However, he also profiles as a potentially excellent rim protector, although his agility and bounciness around the rim are things that could hold him back. One disturbing trend was Austin's decline in points (13 ppg to 11.2 ppg) and rebounds (8.3 rpg to 5.5 rpg) from his freshman season to his sophomore campaign. On the other hand, he almost doubled his blocks per game, going from 1.7 bpg as a freshman to 3.1 bpg as a sophomore. He is projected to be a late-first/early-second round pick in June's draft, and will likely take a couple seasons to become a reliable rotation player in the NBA.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Clemson forward had a breakout season averaging 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists. In addition to his impressive season averages, McDaniels also led the Tigers this year in three point field goals. The combination of being a proven scorer along with his impressive defensive skill set should lead to McDaniels being selected in the mid to late first round.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 6-foot-9 Kentucky forward heads to the NBA with great promise. After averaging a double-double of 15 points and 10.4 rebounds his freshman year, Randle is a lock to be a top-10 pick and could be selected in the top-5. Coming off a solid NCAA tournament, Randle should be ready to make the jump to the NBA and use his NBA ready body to have an immediate impact for his new team.
Fantasy AnalysisMcDaniels is coming off a junior season in which he averaged 17.1 points and 7.1 rebounds for Clemson. At 6-6, McDaniels possesses great athleticism that allows him to play above the rim and be a strong perimeter defender. While his jump shot lacks consistency, McDaniels could be a first-round sleeper.
Fantasy AnalysisThe former Rice Owl will transfer to Duke, but will be forced to sit out next season, which will still leave him with three years of eligibility. The 6-foot-9 power forward averaged 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds this past season.
Fantasy AnalysisCooke averaged 8.2 points per game as a freshman last season, working his way into the starting lineup by the end of the season. The 19 year-old will have three years of eligibility remaining at his new school.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a coaching change, Thomas and teammate Danuel House will transfer from Houston. As a junior, Thomas regressed a bit statistically, but was able to average 15.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game. It is unclear if the 6-foot-8 forward will be able to play next season, but regardless, his market should be significant among the teams within the major conferences.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile Auburn still appears to be the front runner for the point guard's services, it is not a done deal as previously thought. If Pearl were able to secure Canty, it would be a significant addition to a Tigers team that finished 14-16 last season and graduated their leading scorer. Many people expect Pearl to turn the Auburn program into a winner, and the transfer of Canty will likely help speed up that process.
Fantasy AnalysisPayton, a 6-3 point guard, averaged 19.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.9 assists during his junior year at Louisiana-Lafayette this season. While his outside shooting needs significant development, Payton could still be a late first round selection because of his play-making ability and athleticism.
Fantasy AnalysisTolbert averaged 10.7 points and 5.7 rebounds over the course of his three seasons at Texas Tech. Pending a waiver request, Tolbert could be immediately eligible to play at SMU this season, potentially bolstering a team already projected to secure a Top 25 preseason ranking.