Most NBA mock drafts feature some combination of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid picked in the top three. None are still playing in the NCAA tournament.
After No. 10 Stanford upset No. 2 Kansas by three points on Sunday afternoon, Wiggins and Embiid joined Parker on the list of hyped freshmen dealt early exits in March Madness. Contracts worth millions of dollars lurk in their futures. Endorsement deals, too. But glory in college? Not so much.
Duke, and by extension Parker, was bounced in the first round against No. 14 Mercer, another early upset to a double-digit seed for the Blue Devils. Embiid missed the final six games of the season for the Jayhawks with a back injury and Wiggins scored only four points against the Cardinal. Toss in Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis, also a possible lottery pick should he declare, and that’s most of the nation’s freshmen superstars who will be sitting at home by the second weekend.
‘If they had trouble against Mercer and STanford, they’re really going to struggle against grown men.” Barkley
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 23, 2014
can’t wait to see Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid come back motivated for NCAA tournament success next year
— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) March 23, 2014
You know who else has bad games on big stages? NBA players. Be smart and don’t evaluate anyone based on a tiny sample size.
— Jordan Brenner (@JordanBrenner) March 23, 2014
This, exactly RT @tsnmike: Wiggins and Parker could not fix flawed teams. No PG at KU, no shooter. No bigs at Duke. Still great prospects.
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) March 23, 2014
And if the debate needed any more logs tossed into the fire, freshman-loaded Kentucky and experienced Wichita State are underway.
Feinstein: Plenty to build on for GW after loss