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The talent off the NBA Draft radar

All players selected during the last NBA Draft are talented, but not the only talent you can find. Some players could be playing next season but no franchises wanted to select them. Best thing is that they will not be the first group, everyone can remember names as Wesley Matthews, Jeremy Lin, Yogi Ferrell or JJ Barea. None of them hear their names on draft night.

Few ways to achieve a spot and prove that they can play in the best league. First option is the Summer League. Here’s a list of the best talents who weren’t selected on Thursday night.

Malik Newman, Kansas (Guard)

He caught fire in March, during the Big 12 Tournament, where he scored as an authentic killer averaging 53.6% from beyond the three point line. Probably one of the best shooters. Los Angeles Lakers is interested and could offer a two-way contract.

Per Game Table
Season School Conf G GS MP FG% 2P% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS SOS
2015-16 Mississippi State SEC 29 22 27.7 .391 .407 .379 .687 0.3 2.5 2.8 2.2 0.4 0.1 1.9 1.6 11.3 6.01
2017-18 Kansas Big 12 39 33 31.6 .463 .513 .415 .835 0.5 4.5 5.0 2.1 1.1 0.2 1.5 1.6 14.2 11.87
Career Overall 68 55 30.0 .433 .472 .399 .780 0.4 3.7 4.1 2.1 0.8 0.1 1.6 1.6 13.0 8.94
Mississippi State 29 22 27.7 .391 .407 .379 .687 0.3 2.5 2.8 2.2 0.4 0.1 1.9 1.6 11.3
Kansas 39 33 31.6 .463 .513 .415 .835 0.5 4.5 5.0 2.1 1.1 0.2 1.5 1.6 14.2

Rawle Alkins, Arizona (Guard)

He is a scorer, more than capable of hitting his shot from anywhere on the floor, he excels at driving into the lane and using his powerful frame to bully his way down low. Toronto Raptors have signed a training camp deal with him.

Totals Table
Season School Conf G GS MP FG% 2P% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2016-17 Arizona Pac-12 37 36 1037 .463 .521 .370 .733 57 126 183 76 33 17 67 81 404
2017-18 Arizona Pac-12 23 21 723 .432 .482 .359 .724 43 67 110 58 29 17 59 50 302
Career Arizona 60 57 1760 .450 .505 .365 .729 100 193 293 134 62 34 126 131 706

Isaac Haas, Purdue (Center)

Haas has soft touch around the basket with either hand with a huge size, improving each year. He’s drastically improved his free throw percentage. His last season he shot 75.8% on 190 attempts. Important because the ton of fouls he can receive, averaging seven fouls, free throw line is like home for him.

Totals Table
Season School Conf G GS MP FG% 2P% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2014-15 Purdue Big Ten 34 11 496 .535 .535 .547 53 86 139 9 4 25 54 73 258
2015-16 Purdue Big Ten 35 15 500 .594 .594 .714 41 88 129 16 4 27 39 58 342
2016-17 Purdue Big Ten 35 15 682 .587 .587 .711 62 112 174 20 9 26 78 73 441
2017-18 Purdue Big Ten 35 35 818 .617 .617 .758 60 141 201 26 5 46 58 85 514
Career Purdue 139 76 2496 .589 .589 .689 216 427 643 71 22 124 229 289 1555

Brandon McCoy, UNLV (Center)

A long-term development player, huge talent, McCoy could either be an intriguing late-first rounder or a second sound steal. With youth on his side (turns 20 next week) and his raw talent, he might not stick in the NBA right away, but he’ll find his niche in time. Milwaukee Bucks is one of the most interested franchise behind him.

Totals Table
Season School Conf G GS MP FG% 2P% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2017-18 UNLV MWC 33 33 949 .545 .550 .333 .725 103 238 341 17 15 60 87 87 559
Career UNLV 33 33 949 .545 .550 .333 .725 103 238 341 17 15 60 87 87 559

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