To absolutely no one’s surprise, the entire starting five of national champion Kentucky declared for the NBA draft on Tuesday. While John Calipari’s squad of freshman and sophomore stars is undoubtedly ready to make that jump, many other underclassmen who have declared look far less suited to impressing pro scouts.
One of the least familiar names on the early-entry list is Villanova guard Dominic Cheek. After a nondescript season for one of the Big East’s biggest disappointments, Cheek apparently feels ready to throw his hat in the ring against college basketball’s most accomplished players.
Herein, a closer look at Cheek and 11 more not-ready-for-prime-time players who will wish they hadn’t forfeited the remainder of their college eligibility.