The NBA Undrafted: Wood Alexander Ashley

Given the fact that there are only 60 available draft slots and the number of eligible players are even higher, there are bound to be players who don’t get to experience hearing their name called at the NBA Draft. That was the case for some notable college players who made the decision to forego their remaining college eligibility to take their shot at the NBA Draft.


Among the players who weren’t selected were former Kansas forward Cliff Alexander, former Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison and former UNLV forward Christian Wood. Wood, a player some believed to have a shot at being selected in the first round heading into the draft, may have been the most surprising omission amongst those who left school with eligibility remaining.

Some players decide to turn pro in hopes of landing a job anywhere in pro basketball, which will explain some of the players on the list. And while not being selected is certainly a negative, those players will have the opportunity to figure out which summer league situation (in Orlando, Las Vegas or both) represents the best opportunity to earn a spot on a team’s training camp roster.

Thursday night represents a tough reality for these players, especially those whose draft status was hurt by issues away from the court. But even with that being the case, it doesn’t have to be the end of the road for them. Below is the list of college players with eligibility remaining who were not selected in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

Cliff Alexander, Kansas

Brandon Ashley, Arizona

Michael Frazier II, Florida

Aaron Harrison, Kentucky

Jerome Hill, Gardner-Webb

Vince Hunter, UTEP

Charles Jackson, Tennessee Tech

Trevor Lacey, NC State

Ashton Pankey, Manhattan

Terran Petteway, Nebraska

Walter Pitchford, Nebraska

Michael Qualls, Arkansas

Jherrod Stiggers, Houston

Deonta Stocks, West Georgia

Aaron Thomas, Florida State (declared academically ineligible)

Robert Upshaw, Washington (dismissed mid-year)

Chris Walker, Florida

Christian Wood, UNLV

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