The NBA Draft, as usual, culled the freshman class of 2014.
The annual exodus of top prospects left only one of the top 10 and seven of the top 20 prospects from the 247Sports composite. The sophomore class, however, has its share of potential superstars.
Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis watched most of his teammates go to the draft, but he’ll still inherit the point guard position of a top team.
Maryland’s Melo Trimble didn’t arrive with the fanfare of other freshmen in 2014 — he ranked No. 31 in the class — but he may be the top candidate out of this class to be a National Player of the Year.
The following article and more can be found in the Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview magazine, available now.
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G Tyler Ulis, Kentucky
Kentucky’s best playmaker last season may have been coming off the bench. The 5-foot-9 Ulis managed to finish in the top 10 in the SEC in assists per game (3.6) despite averaging only 23.8 minutes.
G Melo Trimble, Maryland
Trimble is a big reason Maryland has its best team in more than a decade. He enters this season on a tear, averaging 18.2 points over the final 12 games last season.
G/F Daniel Hamilton, UConn
The talented wing should help UConn to a bounce-back season after averaging 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds as a freshman.
F Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga
The son of Arvydas Sabonis will threaten to average a double-double after recording 9.7 points and 7.1 rebounds in 21.7 minutes last season.
C Jakob Poeltl, Utah
The 7-footer may have only scratched the surface of his potential at the end of last season. His return to school was one of the more surprising NBA Draft decisions.
G Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Florida State
G James Blackmon Jr., Indiana
G Grayson Allen, Duke
F Justin Jackson, North Carolina
F Angel Delgado, Seton Hall