You hear the sad stories every year. Thursday’s draft came and went, and plenty of talented rookies found themselves without teams after 60 picks. The situation now remains essentially the same, as many of these prospects will get another shot with NBA teams during summer league. From there, the D-League or overseas ball awaits those who fail to find a home right away. It’s not the end of the road for these guys, but consider this their first major career fork. From here, there’s an opportunity to change opinions, but nowhere to hide your weaknesses.
Here’s a rundown of the top undrafted players from last night’s proceedings.
Cliff Alexander, PF, Kansas
Alexander’s fall from grace, from All-American in Chicago to projected lottery pick to enigma at Kansas, came to completion last night when the big man tumbled past all 60 picks. It’s a bit of a surprise, as Alexander is still talented, physically gifted, and intriguing as a prospect – but his inconsistent performances and unceremonious exit at Kansas didn’t help his case. It’s not likely his troubles with the NCAA alone would be enough to keep him from being selected, but some amalgamation of red flags had to have been a factor. Alexander should get a shot to prove himself again in summer league, and in the right situation, could get another chance to make good. There are a lot of if’s here, but he’s now a relatively low-risk dice roll.
Update: As of Saturday morning, source tells SI.com Alexander will sign with the Nets.