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Tuesday / September 27.
  • NCAA Championship Game Loaded With NBA Draft Prospects

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    Aaron Harrison SIARLINGTON, Texas –– Monday night’s NCAA championship game between Kentucky and UConn will feature a slew of future NBA players.

    Four players in the game are projected by DraftExpress.com to be taken in the 2014 NBA Draft, while five are projected to go in the 2015 Draft. Of course, that is subject to change.

    Here’s a brief overview of where the various Kentucky and UConn players are projected to go, along with links to stories about their draft stock.

    **KENTUCKY**

    Julius Randle

    Rank in Draft Express Top 100 Prospects: No. 4

    Projected Pick: No. 4 in 2014 (Utah Jazz)

    Related story: Julius Randle’s NBA Stock on the Rise

     

    Willie Cauley Stein

    Rank in Top 100 Prospects: No. 13

    Projected Pick: No. 12 in 2014 (Denver Nuggets)

    Related story: NBA scouts chime in on Cauley-Stein

     

    James Young

    Rank in Top 100 Prospects: No. 27

    Projected Pick: No. 25 in 2014 (Houston Rockets)

     

    Andrew Harrison

    Rank in Top 100 Prospects: No. 47

    Projected Pick: No. 30 in 2015

    Related story: Media overhyped the freshmen

     

    Aaron Harrison

    Rank in Top 100 Prospects: No. 62

    Projected Pick: No. 25 in 2015

    Related story: Aaron Harrison’s game-winner propels Kentucky – again

     

    Dakari Johnson

    Rank in Top 100 Prospects: Unranked

    Projected Pick: No. 18 in 2015

    Related story: Dakari Johnson predicted an NCAA title a year ago

     

    Alex Poythress

    Rank in Top 100 Prospects: No. 63

    Projected Pick: No. 41 in 2015

     

    **UCONN**

    DeAndre Daniels

    Rank in Top 100 Prospects: No. 49

    Projected Pick: No. 29 in 2015

    Related Story: UConn’s DeAndre Daniels Could Ride Hot Streak to the NBA Draft

     

    Shabazz Napier

    Rank in Top 100 Prospects: No. 57

    Projected Pick: No. 46 in 2014 (Wizards)

    Related Story: UConn-Florida Rematch Set; Napier’s Stock is RisingShabazz is Shabazz, Kemba is Kemba, Let’s Stop Comparing Them



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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.