Baylor sophomore center Isaiah Austin announced his intentions to enter the 2014 NBA Draft on Tuesday through a Google + video. The 7-foot-1 center could have declared for the NBA draft a season ago, but decided to return for a sophomore season, which ended in the Sweet 16 at the hands of Wisconsin.
Austin averaged 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game this past season for the Bears. Those numbers were down from his averages of 13.0 points and 8.3 boards per game in 2012-2013. Austin has seen his draft stock dip from the previous year.
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Following his freshman year, Austin underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum. That caused a slow start to his sophomore campaign. His production picked up in the postseason, scoring 14.0 points and grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game in the Big 12 Conference and NCAA tournaments.
Austin is projected as an early second round pick in DraftExpress.com’s latest mock draft. A pair of international centers — Artem Klimenko and Walter Tavares — are slotted ahead of him in the second round. Michigan sophomore big man Mitch McGary is currently projected as the last pick of the first round, though, he has yet to declare.
A week ago, reports surfaced that he would turn pro, only to have Austin refute those rumors hours later.
Steve Prohm announced on Monday that starting center Jameel McKay will not be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Cyclones take on Texas Tech.
“He’ll practice today because I want him in practice,” Prohm said, “but game-wise, he’s suspended.”
McKay did not make the trip to Stillwater with the team on Saturday, where Iowa State beat Oklahoma State, 64-59. Prohm has not gotten into specifics regarding the cause of McKay’s suspension, but it’s reportedly an issue with the way he has been practicing. McKay is dealing with a nagging knee injury, which may play a role in the situation as well.
“My hope is he’ll be with us on Saturday,” Prohm said.
Like the Coaches Poll, Villanova found themselves No. 1 in the AP Poll during the regular season for the first time in the history of the program.
And like the Coaches Poll, there isn’t much in the way of a consensus when it comes to who is the No. 1 team, as there are six teams that received No. 1 votes in the poll this week.
The biggest shock to me?
The No. 1 team in the NBC Sports Top 25, Iowa, received just 11 first place votes and is ranked fourth in the AP Poll.
They were ranked fifth in the Coaches Poll.
Can we get Fran McCaffery the love they deserve?
Here is the rest of the AP Poll:
1. Villanova (20-3, 32 first-place votes)
2. Maryland (21-3, 13)
3. Oklahoma (19-3, 7)
4. Iowa (19-4, 11)
5. Xavier (21-2)
6. Kansas (19-4, 1)
7. Virginia (19-4, 1)
8. Michigan State (20-4)
9. North Carolina (19-4)
10. West Virginia (19-4)
11. Oregon (18-4)
12. Miami (FL) (18-4)
13. Louisville (19-4)
14. Iowa State (17-6)
15. Texas A&M (18-5)
16. SMU (20-2)
17. Arizona (19-5)
18. Purdue (19-5)
19. Dayton (19-3)
20. Providence (18-6)
21. Baylor (17-6)
22. Kentucky (17-6)
23. USC (18-5)
24. Texas (16-7)
25. Wichita State (17-6)
DROPPED OUT: No. 22 Indiana, No. 25 South Carolina
NEW ADDITIONS: No. 23 USC, No. 24 Texas