Iowa State had the potential for two players to be selected in the 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday night, but ultimately they will have to wait a bit longer to see what their future holds.
DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim are left on the board after all 60 picks were selected. The state of Iowa wasn’t shut out though; our rivals to the East had Roy Devyn Marble drafted 56th to the Orlando Magic.
Both players not getting drafted is both surprising yet not completely unexpected. When projecting who’s going to be selected in the second round, it’s a complete crapshoot. You can analyze all the mock drafts you want, but it simply doesn’t matter.
We don’t know what the NBA teams are thinking with these valuable draft picks, so anything can happen. Unfortunately, neither Kane nor Ejim were able to convince any NBA teams to get drafted.
One thing we can look at mock drafts for is stock rising and falling, and the stock for both players were falling as it got closer to draft night. Ejim looked like he was on the outside looking in while Kane was hopeful for one of the 10 last spots in the draft.
Their hope for an NBA future isn’t over though. Second round picks don’t have guaranteed contracts (although many of them will be signed) and there’s still free agency and invites to the summer league coming up for both of these players to get a second look from many NBA teams.
Still, it would have been much more exciting to see at least one of these guys get their name called on draft night. Instead, we’ll have to wait and see what what happens down the road.