The calendar has officially flipped to May and the NBA Draft is just eight short weeks away. Some prospects are finishing up their final semesters of college (like you and I) while some have already left to prepare for the spring combines (not like you and I).
Earlier, we here at Dorm Room Hoops let you in on who we thought was going to be a reach and eventually be a dud in the this draft class. Now, sit back and learn who this year’s studs are in the 2015 NBA Draft Class.
The ACC might have proven itself to be the premiere conference in college basketball this past season — heck, with 40 teams in the league, how could it not be the best? The ACC is always loaded with premiere talent, both young guns and veteran players alike.
This season was extra-special in terms of younger talent for the Atlantic Coast. Many players have decided to forgo their final years of eligibility in order to live their dream of NBA stardom. Here is a list of those players who have already announced their decision to leave school and where they might land in the draft.
WITH VIDEO: After a first half with 13 lead changes, Duke was able to pull away late in the second half to claim another national title, winning 68-63 over Wisconsin.
WITH VIDEO: Duke and Wisconsin have more than earned their chance to compete for the national title. It’s Frank Kaminsky versus Jahlil Okafor and Sam Dekker versus Justise Winslow. The first half of the game from the view point of the match-ups were fairly even until both Okafor and Winslow for Duke got in early foul trouble and hit the bench for a majority of the last 10 minutes.
Wisconsin’s Dekker and Kaminsky had 8 and 7 points respectively, while Winslow and Okafor finished the first half with 7 and 6 to lead the Blue Devils as the teams went to the locker room tied at 31.
Finally. The madness ends tonight … and not in the way that many were expecting. No, we won’t see Kentucky getting a shot at 40-0. (You can thank — or curse — Wisconsin for that.) Instead, we get a rematch of a December game in Wisconsin and Duke. Two No. 1 seeds with loaded rosters and storied head coaches. That, in and of itself, is a story worth watching.
The game tips off at 9:18 p.m. ET on CBS.
Boy, oh boy. How lucky are we? Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski facing off in the Final Four — Christmas in April. While its no real surprise that the Blue Devils have made it this far, it is rather astonishing that Michigan State has made it to Indianapolis.
This Final Four marks Izzo’s seventh as head coach of the Spartans in what maybe his best coaching job of his storied career.
While Coach K is searching for his fifth national title, he is also trying to win his third in the city of Indianapolis. In 1992, Duke upset the Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV in the Hoosier Dome and in 2010, Duke ruined the greatest basketball story ever told by beating Butler just three miles away from their own campus inside Lucas Oil Stadium. (The City of Indianapolis and I are still bitter.)
In the battle of Coach Ks, No. 1 Duke overcame No. 5 Utah in the Sweet 16 matchup, 63-57. Freshman Justise Winslow showed up with a huge double-double as the Blue Devils move on to the Elite 8 for the 14th time under Coach K.