Underclassmen Declaring for NBA Draft
Time To Go Pro!
Dear St. John’s fans: I know we’re all haters, but even if another Omar Cook moment comes around, let’s be better than this.
Earl Clark wants to go pro, and plans to stay in the draft. Would he make more money if he came out next year? Who’s to say. Probably, since the incoming freshman class isn’t as one-and-done good as this year’s.
Joe Alexander, who probably needs another year to turn more heads and increase his draft slot; West Virginia is going to be serious next year, no doubt. With some more accuracy from beyond the arc, he could make the big time… though Draft Express is thinking he’s a late first-round pick.
More colleges and early draft entrants after the jump.
Robert Vaden is testing the draft waters. He’ll be back.
Sophomore forward Mareese Speights is declaring, but not hiring an agent. That might be a good idea. Not that I am an arbiter of draft stock, but I ain’t barely heard of him.
Texas A&M’s DeAndre Jordan, who is 7 feet tall and blessed with a wide body, is going profesisonal. We knew that.
Trent Plaisted, who I’d hardly heard of (he’s nearly on the west coast) but apparently is a skilled and mobile 6’11 forward, is also declaring. But he’s not hiring an agent. Good move, he might be a second round pick.
Jerryd Bayless – a possible top ten pick after his freshman year with the Wildcats – is going pro. Chase Budinger has entered his name, and I think that is a good idea – unless he learns to play some defense, he’s not going to be much better than he is now, an athletic kid with an excellent jumper who will be a mid-first round pick.
JaVale McGee is taking his sick skill set to the pros.
Kevin Love, Darren Collison, and Russell Westbrook may all try the draft waters, with Westbrook the more iffy of the three… but all may be first-round picks. But there’s no draft sea. Why are we always talking about draft waters? Coach Ben Howland recommends that none of them sign with an agent, and hopes they finish their academic work.
OJ Mayo is going. Everyone knew that. I’m sure he’s just itching to play with Master P’s son L’il Romeo, but I think he’d rather have the money. NBA Draft.net has him 3rd , and Draft Express has him 5th.