Ten 2015 NBA draft sleepers

Whitehead, Rozier among lesser-known players who could rise up charts

Originally Published: July 16, 2014
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN Insider

Isaiah WhiteheadCourtesy of Kelly Kline/Under ArmourSeton Hall guard Isaiah Whitehead is expected to be a major scorer as a freshman.

Everyone is well aware of Duke's Jahlil Okafor by now, the skilled big man who could wind up going No. 1 in next June's NBA draft. Most know about point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who announced earlier in the week that he's heading overseas instead of going to SMU.

But how about some 2015 NBA draft sleepers, players who either aren't getting enough respect on the mock drafts -- or ones who aren't even in the equation at all. Some aren't even among colleague Chad Ford's initial 2015 rankings of the top 100 prospects

Here are 10 players to keep an eye on, players I feel are bound to move up as the 2014-15 college hoops season progresses.


1. Isaiah Whitehead, 6-foot-4, 200, SG, Fr., Seton Hall Pirates

Chad Ford's Rank: NR

Few have him on their draft boards, but the Lincoln High (N.Y.) product (the same school that produced Lance Stephenson and Sebastian Telfair) is a big-time scoring wing. He is a gifted scorer because of his ability to attack off the dribble and also make shots from the perimeter. Don't be surprised if he puts up hefty numbers at Seton Hall and bolts after one season.


2. Terry Rozier, 6-2, 190, G, Soph., Louisville Cardinals

Chad Ford's Rank: 39

I've been higher on the athletic 6-2 combo guard than most for the past year -- and feel he has a chance to go in the first round due to his ability to get into the lane and make things happen both for himself and teammates. He was inconsistent as a freshman, but it was difficult playing with Russ Smith and Chris Jones. Rozier will need to be a point guard at the next level, and he'll need to develop that aspect of his game as a sophomore this season.