NBA Draft: 5 Guys Who Should Return to Campus
The college game, in my opinion, has lost some luster due to the fact kids just do not stay around as long anymore. It is hard to blame them when teams throw millions of dollars in their face, but many of these kids leave early, even when they are not completely ready to do so.
This slideshow represents five guys that should return to campus next season. These guys may have NBA ability, but they are not quite ready and may flame out quicker than you can say Tim Tebow.
1. Thomas Robinson
Thomas Robinson was supposed to explode on the scene this season, his junior year at Kansas, but he has yet to be spectacular. While Robinson has an NBA body and he is physical enough for the game, I doubt he is anywhere close to ready offensively. I love his ability to grind it out down low, but on the offensive side of the ball, he fails to recognize defensive sets and does not play with high IQ.
Thomas Robinson, if he declares, is probably a lottery pick, but I really think if he were to return to Lawrence for his senior season, he would be able to use that experience towards a better NBA career. I do not think he will be elite by any means at the next level, but he would have a chance to be a sixth man and strong rebounder for a team.
2. Terrence Jones
There are a lot of things to love about Terrence Jones, but there are also some things that hinder his play as well. He is a lot like DeMarcus Cousins, ability through the roof, but also a lack of drive and inspiration.
I think John Calipari is working with Jones and he has improved his body language this season compared to last, but he still zones out of games and is completely non-existent on the floor at times.
Jones has the ability to take over games and there is no doubt in my mind that he could do so in the NBA as well, but he has to mature. John Calipari is a tough coach to play for, but when all is said and done, he makes tough little players, if they stick around long enough.
DeMarcus Cousins could have benefited from another season or two in Lexington, much like Jones would benefit from being on campus another year. He has to grow up and maintain a sense of urgency all the time.
3. Anthony Davis
This may seem far-fetched that Anthony Davis will return for his sophomore season in Lexington, mainly because he could be the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, but he has some things he needs to work on before he is NBA ready. Davis is going to be a prolific defender in the NBA, that is not in question, but he needs some real work on the offensive end.
We have to remember that Davis has only been this tall for a couple of years and with the growth spurt, there is added time to be able to learn how to play this big. Davis is not exceptional in the post, although he could be in time and he is also thin and not as strong as most NBA players.
It may be hard for Davis to pass up a sure-fire top five selection, but he could benefit from the extra seasoning in college. I think Davis has the ability to be a perennial All-Star in the NBA, but if he is not careful, could wind up like Sam Bowie as well. The sky is the limit for Anthony Davis if he plans accordingly.
4. Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal is one of those guys who does not have a real defined position in regards to his pro game. He can shoot and is fearless, but he is too small for a shooting guard on the next level and he is not really skilled enough to play the point. I love Beal's ability in the clutch and he reminds me a ton of Kemba Walker.
Beal is fearless, but could benefit from learning how to improve his all around game before moving on. I think Beal will stick around Gainesville another season and he should improve his draft stock because of it. I do think Beal could turn into a solid rotation guy and possibly a top sixth man like Jason Terry, but I do not see elite written all over him.
5. Quincy Miller
Quincy Miller was an amazing pickup for coach Scott Drew and he has major upside as far as professional ball is concerned, but he is nowhere near ready for the bright lights of the NBA.
The big knock on Miller is his size. He is rail-thin and not near strong enough for the big guys in the NBA. Like Bradley Beal, I think Quincy Miller will remain in school for another year and much to the chagrin of other Big 12 members, would make life a living hell for opposing competition.
Miller should be able to play the 3 or 4 position in the pros and should be a nice addition on the defensive end. His offense needs some work and we all know that without a great jumper, life may get tough in the NBA. I am not at all impressed with Miller's shooting ability and that will be something he will have to greatly improve before moving on. Time will tell with Miller, but as I said before, he has tremendous upside.