College Basketball Stars Who Need to Stay in School Another Year
Do you remember far enough back to when it was big news when a college basketball player left school early to enter the NBA draft?
Now, it's almost the opposite. If a player who could go on decides to return to school, that's running on the crawler of every sports news outlet all day long.
Personally, I love it when good players stay around "another year." They usually improve and develop, and the game of college hoops is all the better for it.
Here's a list of 10 college basketball stars who need to stay in school another year. They are talented but they need some more time before they take their shot in the Association.
10. Steven Adams (Pitt)
Steven Adams is in the middle of a good (not great) freshman season at Pitt.
His 6.8 ppg and 6.3 averages are...average (not excellent).
Because he doesn't take a lot of bad shots, his FG percentage is respectable (59.1 percent). However, his 32.6 percent FT shooting is horrible.
Adams shows signs of becoming a solid defender and rebounder. Another year or three under Panthers' head coach Jamie Dixon will help the New Zealander with the complete skill set that he will need to succeed at the next level for the long term.
9. B.J. Young (Arkansas)
After a solid freshman season, B.J. Young has followed that up with a sold sophomore year.
He has proven that he can score (16.4 ppg), but his shooting stroke from beyond the arc needs some serious work (20.6 percent).
Young needs to continue to develop his playmaking skills because he legitimately will be evaluated at the next level for playing PG, not SG.
8. Kyle Anderson (UCLA)
Kyle Anderson was projected to be a multi-skilled, multi-position player, and that is exactly what he has been for Ben Howland's Bruins.
Because of the emergence of Jordan Adams, Howland decided to slide Anderson (9.6 ppg; 9.1 apg; 3.8 apg) over to PF in order to keep his most talented players on the court as much as possible.
The 6'9" 235-pound combo forward has demonstrated super point forward skills when playing the 4.
Staying at UCLA for another season will help him improve his outside shooting. So far, his touch from beyond the arc is pretty much non-existent (19 percent; 4-for-21).
7. Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky)
Before the 2012-13 season opened, Willie Cauley-Stein (7.6 ppg; 5.8 rpg; 1.9 bpg) was considered, more or less, a novelty recruit who would develop over the course of a couple of seasons at Kentucky.
Surprisingly, WCS demonstrated more frontcourt skills than expected.
Cauley-Stein's "minor procedure" on his injured left knee has now kept the seven-footer out of the last four Wildcats' games.
His full recovery timeline has not been disclosed, but even if he is able to get back on the court this season, Cauley-Stein would benefit greatly spending another season in Lexington developing his total game and adding muscle/bulk to his angular frame.
6. Myck Kabongo (Texas)
When Myck Kabongo decided to return to Austin for his sophomore season, most observers thought that the 6'1" PG would be one of the premier PGs in college hoops.
But, because Kabongo was suspended for the first 23 games of this season for accepting impermissible benefits, he has not been able to display his exceptional playmaking skills on Texas' insanely young 2012-13 team.
Another year in the college game would help him improve his average outside shooting (31.6 percent).
Because he was already being evaluated as an exceptional floor leader who doesn't make a lot of mistakes, Kabongo might take his much-abbreviated second season at UT and enter this year's draft.
5. Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke)
Before the 2012-13 season began, many followers of Duke basketball thought that freshmen SG Rasheed Sulaimon would be coming off the bench as Seth Curry's backup.
Instead, Blue Devils' coach Mike Krzyzewski decided that 'Sheed was too talented to sit, and inserted him into the starting five from very early on in the current season.
Sulaimon is not only an outstanding scoring threat (12 ppg), but he also defends and rebounds his position well.
He has worked through a mini-slump and showed in the last three ACC games that he can take over games.
Depending on how he finishes out his freshman season, Sulaimon might be able to move into the late first round.
If he returns for another year in Durham, he could jump up to a high lottery pick.
4. Tony Mitchell (North Texas)
It doesn't matter how you slice it, Tony Mitchell's sophomore season has been a disappointment.
His numbers (14.1 ppg; 8.4 rpg) aren't terrible, but they are down from his fantastic freshman campaign.
Mitchell's shooting numbers have plummeted and he doesn't look nearly as dominant as he showed last year and over the summer.
Unless he makes a strong showing in the final third of the Mean Green's games, Mitchell may need to come back to UNT just to secure his place in the middle of the first round.
3. Glenn Robinson III (Michigan)
Glenn Robinson III is having an impressive freshman season as a Wolverine.
His solid numbers (12.1 ppg; 6 rpg) might be super if he was on a less-skilled team than this year's Michigan squad.
GR3 is athletic, has good hops, and has a high hoops IQ.
If Robinson returns for his sophomore season, he will have the opportunity to shine brightly and possibly become a lottery pick in the 2014 draft.
His return is much more likely if Michigan makes an early departure from March Madness 2013.
2. C.J. Leslie (NC State)
For all of the things that C.J. Leslie does well, he still has a lot of room for improvement in his game.
Leslie is NC State's leading scorer (15.6 ppg) and No. 2 rebounder (7.3 rpg), but the 6'8" forward is a bit of a tweener.
Most likely, he will be evaluated as a SF for the next level. Because of that, Leslie needs to continue working on his perimeter game.
The fact that he only has attempted four shots from beyond the arc, hitting one (25 percent), shows that he lacks confidence in his shooting stroke from distance.
Leslie is skilled but not strong. Spending added time in the weight room would help him become a more dangerous player at both ends of the court.
1. James Michael McAdoo (UNC)
A less-than-sensational sophomore season has created the possibility that JMM should strongly consider coming back to Chapel Hill just to regain his predicted draft position.
McAdoo is comfortable (maybe too comfortable) facing the basket and needs to develop his low post game.
Though he added muscle in the offseason, for an NBA PF, he lacks the type of bulk needed to defend at the next level.
This was supposed to be a breakout season for McAdoo. What it has been so far is a decent season with times of disappointing production.