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Indiana Pacers: Draft Prospect Watch

With a potentially tough season in the offering, Indycornrows will be keeping watch on some of the top amateur talent throughout the year.

Mike Stobe

I work in the healthcare industry for my profession. More specifically, I work closely with the geriatric population. Over the years, I've come to learn our lovable elders reap tremendous joy out of three simple things: false teeth that fit, a clean clothing protector at mealtime (not to be confused with "bibs"), and ... you guessed it: Drew Carey and the "Price Is Right." For whatever reason, the 75-and-older club can't help but crack a child-like smile any time a much-too-perky contestant on the show wins any number of luxurious gifts.

In some ways, the Pacers' 2014-2015 season feels like an episode of the Price Is Right, doesn't it? In the beginning, we saw lots of manufactured enthusiasm that this team--sans its best player--would beat the odds and reclaim itself as an Eastern Conference contender. A seemingly historic rash of injuries has mostly stripped that enthusiasm away, but that doesn't mean there haven't been some small victories along the way. Perhaps we can count Shane Whittington as the Pacers' version of a year supply of free laundry detergent, or Donald Sloan as the $5,000 shopping spree, or Solomon Hill as the unrivalled "brand new car!" Injuries may even take things a step further and play the role of serendipitous big-wheel spin into the Final Showcase (a.k.a. Draft Lottery).

With that scenario a real possibility at this point in the season, we should probably start prepping ourselves mentally. The college basketball season is a little more than 24 hours away from tip-off, which means we're a little more than 24 hours away from dreaming about the next "super, scintillating, sensational!" prospect donning blue and gold.

Here's a quick primer on some of the prospects IC will be keeping an eye on throughout the season courtesy of DraftExpress.

1. Jahlil Okafor C, Duke, 18 years old, Freshman, 6' 11" 272lbs:

2. Emmanuel Mudiay PG, Guangdong, 18 years old, 6' 5" 200lbs

  • 11/01/14: 18 PTS, 2 AST, 5 REB, 6-19 FG, 1-3 3PT, 5-8 FT
  • 11/05/14: 29 PTS, 7 AST, 9 REB, 4 STL, 12-20 FG, 3-5 3PT, 2-3 FT
  • 11/07/14: 10 PTS, 4 AST, 3 REB, 1 STL, 4-11 FG, 1-2 3PT, 1-2 FT
  • 11/09/14: TRIP-DUB!: 22 PTS, 13 AST, 11 REB, 3 STL, 10-19 FG, 2-6 3PT, 0-2 FT
  • 11/12/14: 16 PTS, 9 AST, 5 REB, 1 STL, 7/15 FG, 1/1 3PT, 1/2 FT
  • Highlights from the triple-double:

3. Karl Towns PF/C, Kentucky, 18 years old, Freshman, 7' 0" 248lbs:

4. Kelly Oubre SF, Kansas, 18 years old, Freshman, 6' 6" 204lbs

5. Cliff Alexander PF/C, Kansas, 18 years old, Freshman, 6' 9" 254lbs

6. *Mario Hezonja SG, Croatia, 19 years old, 6' 8" 200lbs

7. *Kristaps Porzingis PF, Latvia, 19 years old, 7' 0" 220lbs

8. Justice Winslow SF, Duke, 18 years old, Freshman, 6' 6" 221lbs

9. Stanley Johnson SF, Arizona, 18 years old, Freshman, 6' 7" 237lbs

10. Willie Cauley-Stein C, Kentucky, 21 years old, Junior, 7' 0" 244lbs

11. Sam Dekker SF, Wisconsin, 20 years old, Junior, 6' 9" 229lbs

12. Montrezl Harrell PF, Louisville, 20 years old, Junior, 6' 8" 230lbs

13. Chris Walker PF, Florida, 19 years old, Sophomore, 6' 9" 205lbs

14. Tyus Jones PG, Duke, 18 years old, Freshman, 6' 1" 184lbs

*Note: Euroleagues are already underway, but due to hair-tearing inconsistencies in regards to playing time and rotations, game logs will not be provided so as to not unfairly represent a player's potential or lack thereof.