Originally posted on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 6/28/13

The 2013 NBA Draft is in the books and among all the twists, turns and surprises were several guys who were not among the 60 players to hear their names called. While we’d never question the decision making of NBA general managers given their incredible track records (yes, that was sarcasm) we were pretty surprised at some of the guys who didn’t make the cut. Here is our list of the top 10 guys who went undrafted this year. 1. C.J.: Leslie, forward, N.C. State Leslie is an explosive athlete who runs the floor like a guard, not a 6-9 forward and has phenomenal quickness for someone his size. He can handle the ball and finishes at (and even way above) the rim. But he needs to add a ton of strength to his 209-pound frame and he’s a terrible free throw shooter. Still, I’m shocked Leslie wasn’t drafted, especially because he wowed scouts with his athleticism in workouts. He left school after a junior season in which he averaged 15.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 32.4 minutes per game as a junior in 2012-13. 2. Myck Kabongo, guard, Texas Kabongo is a pure point guard with great floor vision and an outstanding first-step to the hoop. He’s an excellent defender, a leader and a very good athlete. He has some range to his shot but isn’t a pure three-point shooter yet. He’s 6-3, which is fine, but is also a tad skinny at 180 pounds. The main knock on Kabongo is that he sat out most of the 2012-13 season thanks to NCAA sanctions. He went from being a potential lottery pick after his freshman year to falling completely out of the draft as a sophomore. When he did play during his second collegiate campaign, he averaged 14.6 points, 5.5 assists and 2.0 steals in 37.3 minutes per game. 3. Trevor Mbakwe, forward, Minnesota Some would have Mbakwe lower than this but I loved how he played in college. He’s undersized as a power forward at 6-8 and 236 pounds, but the dude goes after it on the floor. He plays extremely hard, is tenacious on the glass and is a phenomenal athlete with a 7-4 wingspan. That said, at 24 he’s older than most guys in his class and doesn’t have a great offensive game. I just figured someone would give him a shot as an energy guy off the bench. During his final collegiate season, Mbakwe averaged 10.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 24.9 minutes per game. 4. Jackie Carmichael, forward, Illinois State Carmichael is another really good athlete I figured would get drafted as a rebounder and defender off the bench. He’s a strong power forward with decent size at 6-8 and 241 pounds. He’s an outstanding rebounder with huge hops who can finish around the rim and works extremely hard. But he has virtually no perimeter game and isn’t developed offensively at all, despite the fact that he’s already 23 years old. During his final collegiate season, Carmichael averaged 17.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 30.6 minutes per game. 5. B.J. Young, guard, Arkansas Young is a scoring combo-guard whose only chance in the NBA will be if he somehow sticks at the point, and I think he can do that. He doesn’t have a great jumper yet, but could improve that and he needs to cut down on turnovers. That said, he has good size for a point guard at 6-4, is very fast with the ball and has an incredibly quick first step. He is always in attack mode, has good vision and is explosive, something that’s not easy to find in a point guard. He left school after his sophomore year, and during his final season he averaged 15.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 27.9 minutes per game. 6. Phil Pressey, guard, Missouri As numerous scouts have pointed out, Pressey’s only problem is that he thinks he’s a scoring guard when he should be focused on running a team. He’s a pass-first guy who is quick, confident and knows how to lead. He doesn’t have a great jumper, but he often falls in love with it. He’s also undersized at 6-feet and 177 pounds. If Pressey learns to just be a facilitator and not focus on jacking shots, he’ll stick on an NBA roster. If not? Well, I hear Europe is lovely. Pressey jumped to the draft after his junior season, during which he averaged 11.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 33.9 minutes per game. 7. James Southerland, forward, Syracuse Southerland didn’t do much until his senior season where he showed himself to be a phenomenal shooter. At 6-8 and 221 pounds, he’s a big guy who can knock down shots and is a pretty good athlete. That’s what you’re getting with Southerland, no more, no less. He is 23 and finished all four years at Syracuse, so there isn’t a ton of hope he’ll develop much more. But still, this is a guy with almost unlimited range who could definitely help an NBA team right now. As a senior he averaged 13.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 29.5 minutes per game. He also hit 39.8 percent of his three-point shots. 8. Seth Curry, guard, Duke Curry is another guy who can flat-out shoot the ball. He’s not the athlete his brother Stephen is, but man can this kid stroke it. He has a high basketball IQ, is pretty good in the open floor and if he gets his feet set he’ll almost always hit a shot. The knock on him is that he’s a 6-3 shooting guard, which is vastly undersized for his position in the NBA. On top of that, he looks like a stiff breeze would knock him over. But if he could figure out how to be a serviceable backup point guard, he could make an impact as a shooter off the bench. During his senior season Curry averaged 17.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.9 steals in 32.3 minutes per game. He also hit 43.8 percent of his three-point attempts. 9. D.J. Stephens, forward, Memphis This 6-6 small forward was undoubtedly the best athlete in the draft. The 22-year-old Stephens is simply unbelievable athletically. The problem is, he has virtually no offensive game. He has the potential to be a top-10 defender in the NBA because of how athletic he is, but he’s insanely raw despite the fact that he can finish at the rim, particularly in transition. Stephens has a non-stop motor, a great wingspan and can guard several positions. He is also already and elite shot-blocker. But he’s a little undersized as a small forward, needs a ton of work offensively and suffers from asthma. Still, if a team thinks it can at least turn him into a serviceable offensive player, the upside on the defensive end is tremendous. During his senior season Stephens averaged 7.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 23.6 minutes per game. 10. D.J. Cooper, guard, Ohio I don’t typically like undersized guards, but there’s something about Cooper that made me add him to this list. At 5-10 and 173 pounds he’s tiny at point guard by today’s standards, but he might be the quickest guy in this draft. He’s also amazing at finding ways to penetrate against all types of defenses. Cooper is the kind of guy who is great at creating havoc and opening things up for others. But, as I said, he’s undersized and needs to improve his shot selection and decision-making. He’s a decent shooter that must improve because of his lack of size. During his senior year, Cooper averaged 14.1 points, 7.1 assists and 2.0 steals in 31.6 minutes per game.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jerry Richardson selling Carolina Panthers amid investigation

Roy Williams honored late Pat Summitt during game at Tennessee

Burfict responds to Smith-Schuster's TD celebration

Antonio Brown taken to hospital for further evaluation

Cam Newton offers support for Panthers owner

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Captain Munnerlyn calls benching ‘slap in the face’

Report: Jerry Richardson would ask to shave women’s legs

Twitter reacts to Thomas Davis' dirty hit on Davante Adams

Randall Cobb splits defenders with sick move on catch-and-run TD

Eli Manning's two TDs against Eagles vault Manning family to 1,000 TDs in regular season

Stephen Strasburg says he may skip future All-Star games due to injury concerns

Top takeaways from NFL Week 15

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

Donald Trump's quotes vs. the sports world in 2017

Five MLB teams that should trade for Manny Machado

The 'It's always chilly in Indiana' quiz

NFL puts safety entirely on players, again

Eight NFL teams who simply need to start over

Most important player on every team in each bowl matchup

NFL Week 15 Predictions

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

Donald Trump's quotes vs. the sports world in 2017

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

The 'It's always chilly in Indiana' quiz

NFL puts safety entirely on players, again

Most important player on every team in each bowl matchup

NFL Week 15 Predictions

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Boogie, Z-Bo reach out and punch someone

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker