April 25, 2016, 7:06 am
As the NCAA Tournament winds up and the NBA Draft Combine lurks on the horizon, college basketball players have begun to make important decisions on their futures.
The NCAA changed some rules this year to allow college basketball players the ability to declare for the draft and participate in the NBA Draft combine (if invited), all while maintaining their eligibility to return to school so long as they follow the guidelines of the new rules. Players will have until 10 days after the combine is completed to remove their name from the draft pool and return to school. The players must also go through this process without hiring an agent. The new rule allows players to test out their draft market without the risk of losing their NCAA eligibility.
While four-year players are not eligible to return to college, underclassmen are sure to keep college basketball fans on edge until decisions are final. The purpose of this Tracker will be to sort underclassmen into the various classifications of draft declarations. It appears many more players will be declaring this year with the low risk involved, so not all declaring players will be included. I will try to provide a fairly comprehensive list, but may overlook some of the smaller names. If you believe I missed an important draft prospect, feel free to comment below and I will do my best to add that player to the tracker.
Be sure to check the Tracker for updates on declaration status changes from now until late May (when draft declarations are locked in).
February 23, 2020, 11:50 pmBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Bruce Brown Jr. put up eight points with 10 boards on 3-of-10 shooting in a loss to the Blazers on Sunday.
Brown Jr. is the first guard in Pistons history to have 10 or more rebounds in four consecutive games. He can be left on the wire as the Pistons rotation is a complete mess and his role is unknown.
Source: Johnny Kane on Twitter
February 23, 2020, 11:46 pmBrandon KnightPG, Detroit Pistons
Brandon Knight played well in a loss to the Blazers on Sunday as he put up 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting.
Knight knocked down three triples and added two rebounds and three assists to the box score. Langston Galloway chipped in 13 points with four rebounds and four assists. This is more of a fluke game for Knight, but Galloway should be owned in deeper leagues for his shooting and passing ability.
February 23, 2020, 11:41 pmChristian WoodPF, Detroit Pistons
Christian Wood put up 26 points with nine boards in 31 minutes of action in a 107-104 loss to the Blazers on Sunday.
Wood shot 9-of-15 from the field and 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. He also added one assist and two blocks to the stat sheet. Wood is undoubtedly the best fantasy player on the Pistons and should return top-50 value for the remainder of the season.
February 23, 2020, 11:35 pmMario HezonjaSG, Portland Trail Blazers
Mario Hezonja (left ankle sprain) returned from injury on Sunday and recorded one assist in 12 minutes of action.
Hezonja should not be on anyone's radar as he has fallen out of the fantasy spectrum. Leave him on the wire.
February 23, 2020, 11:32 pmCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum set season-highs with 41 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists in a win over the Pistons on Sunday.
McCollum shot 15-of-30 from the field and knocked down six triples. McCollum actually set a career-high with 12 assists as he found ways to get his teammates involved in this one. His value gets boosted when Damian Lillard is out, but he remains a middle-round value for the remainder of the season.
February 23, 2020, 11:27 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony put up a season-high 32 points on 11-of-16 shooting in a 107-104 win over the Pistons on Sunday.
Anthony brought his efficiency back up after his recent struggles from the field, which helped the Blazers pull out a close victory. Trevor Ariza, who had been trending up as of late, put up just two points on 1-of-4 shooting in 36 minutes. Ariza should bring top-100 value, while Anthony remains a late-round option for standard leagues.
February 23, 2020, 11:17 pmTerrance FergusonSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Terrance Ferguson exited the game early with back stiffness as the Thunder beat the Spurs on Sunday.
Ferguson had zero points, one rebound, one assist and one block on 0-of-2 shooting in 10 minutes. We should receive an update on the extent of his injury in the coming days.
February 23, 2020, 11:08 pmAndrew WigginsSF, Golden State Warriors
Andrew Wiggins had an awful shooting performance as he went 3-of-16 from the field for eight points against the Pelicans on Sunday, but salvaged this line to a degree with 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal.
Wiggins has been surprisingly versatile with the Warriors thus far, and before tonight he had been shooting well as the number one offensive option. If Wiggins can continue to be a decent contributor in the steals and blocks department he will be a useful fantasy option in standard leagues. Once Stephen Curry takes the court Wiggins' offensive contributions are going to take a hit, and he will need to diversify his fantasy profile.
February 23, 2020, 11:00 pmJordan PoolePG, Golden State Warriors
Jordan Poole kept up his momentum while facing the Pelicans on Sunday, tallying 19 points, five assists, four rebounds and one 3-pointer.
Poole is worth a move in deeper formats as he has emerged with a reliable role for the Warriors lately. We've seen the Warriors play roulette with there roster all season though, Poole's turn in the spotlight is likely to end sooner than later. If you are looking for a hot flyer he is worth a pickup until Stephen Curry returns.
February 23, 2020, 10:55 pmJuan Toscano-AndersonPF, Golden State Warriors
Juan Toscano-Anderson had a night to remember against the Pelicans on Sunday, dropping 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three 3-pointers, two blocks and one steal.
The absence of Marquese Chriss (left calf) gave Toscano-Anderson the runway he needed to go off. It's hard to imagine JTA becoming a regular piece for the Warriors, who were also without Draymond Green, and Stephen Curry is supposed to return before the season is all said and done as well. Keep him in mind while Chriss is out, but Toscano-Anderson is not a pickup yet.