The Big East Conference landed two players in the 2014 NBA Draft, with Doug McDermott going to the Chicago Bulls and Semaj Christon heading to the Charlotte Hornets. But much to the chagrin of the conference and its fans, the rest of the cupboard was crowded after Thursday night.
Bryce Cotton and JaKarr Sampson, of the Providence Friars and St. John's Red Storm respectively were amongst the many Big East aspirants whose names were not called at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Joining them were the likes of Fuquan Edwin (Seton Hall Pirates), Markel Starks (Georgetown Hoyas), Jamil Wilson (Marquette Golden Eagles), Davante Gardner (Marquette Golden Eagles), Kadeem Batts (Providence Friars) James Bell (Villanova Wildcats) and Cleveland Melvin, formerly of the DePaul Blue Demons.
While these players went through this unfortunate circumstance, they, much like the rest of those who went undrafted should keep their heads held high. It's expected that a few of these names will be heavily recruited for the NBA Summer League, and perhaps one, or more of them could make the most of it.
Big East Coast Bias wishes these players the best in whatever the future lies ahead for them.