NEW YORK NY - DECEMBER 20: John Shurna #24 of the Northwestern Wildcats looks on against the St. Francis Terriers during the Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden on December 20 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
The 2012 NBA Draft has come and gone and, really, there weren't a lot of surprises as far as undrafted prospects were concerned on Thursday night. Of course there were plenty of semi-prominent American players that didn't hear their names called, but that's to be expected when the latter half of the second round is filled with European prospects.
My top three undrafted prospects of 2011 found their way on to NBA rosters last season either through the D-League (Malcolm Thomas and Greg Smith) or by way of attendance in an NBA training camp (Julyan Stone). The majority of the other also-rans ended up in Europe pretty early last year, but that landscape should be different this season due to the lack of a looming lockout.
The amount of quality undrafted prospects isn't enough to make up a whole third round -- something your's truly has thought about in the past -- but there were quite a few players that should get looks at next month's Summer Leagues in Vegas and Orlando.
West Virginia Mountaineers forward Kevin Jones, New Mexico Lobos forward Drew Gordon, Iona Gaels point guard Scott Machado, Maryland Terrapins guard Terrell Stoglin, Georgetown Hoyas bigs Hollis Thompson and Henry Sims, Tu Holloway of Xavier, Northwestern's John Shurna and Mississippi State big man Renardo Sidney.
It was probably disappointing for the above players -- and many others -- to end Thursday night without hearing Adam Silver say their name, but this is probably a better opportunity for most. Provided they have good agents, these players will now get to pick the team they fit best with as they start on the Summer League circuit to hopefully make it in the NBA's back door.