Which Potential One-and-Done Future NBA Players Should Stay in School?
With a weak 2013 NBA draft class, this is a good year for freshmen to get in and get out. But not everyone.
Some potential one-and-doners will be much better off with another year in college.
Deciding when to go and when to stay is all about leaving when your stock has peaked. Selling low versus selling high could ultimately mean millions of dollars lost or won.
The following prospects will maximize their draft value by returning for another year in order to boost their stock and leave on a high note.
Glenn Robinson III, Michigan, 6'6'', SF
Glenn Robinson III is clearly an NBA-caliber athlete with the build and size to comfortably play the wing.
But he lacks a refined offensive skill set and is overly reliant on his teammates setting him up. Robinson needs a lot of work as a shot-creator, both getting to the rim from the perimeter and separating in the mid-range.
Right now it's possible that teams just view him as an athlete. Another year at Michigan to expand his offensive repertoire could maximize his value as an NBA draft prospect.
He's an excellent finisher at the rim and can spread the floor spotting up, but right now there's just no in-between game to work with.
Steven Adams, Pittsburgh, 7'0'', C
Unless Steven Adams is in position to catch and finish, chances are you may not know he's out there.
Adams is an explosive and fluid athlete for a seven-footer, but he's extremely limited as an offensive option. There's a ton of seven-footers in the 2013 class who are ready contribute much sooner at the NBA level.
Adams surely won't get a lottery guarantee, so entering this year just doesn't make much sense.
Expect Adams back at Pittsburgh next year with a whole different itinerary on his developmental to-do list.
T.J. Warren, North Carolina State, 6'8'', SF
T.J. Warren will be in much better position to showcase his talents when Lorenzo Brown, Scott Wood and C.J. Leslie are no longer present.
He's averaging 12.5 points per game despite being a freshman in a rotation with upperclassmen higher in the pecking order.
Warren has the chance to average close to 18 points a game in a featured role if he returns to school. He's got incredible scoring instincts yet no go-to moves.
With the freedom to create and an offseason to develop, Warren could be one of the top players in the country in 2013-2014.
Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke, 6'4'', SG
Rasheed Sulaimon has shown flashes of offensive creativity, but for the most part does his work as a slasher and spot-up shooter.
With Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee getting most of the touches, Sulaimon's opportunities are limited. But that won't be the case next year.
Jabari Parker will be in the middle of the lineup, and based on his skill set, he's an easy player to play off.
Sulaimon will see an increase in reps and plays called for him as a sophomore and should get a much better chance to raise his stock to lottery status.
Williey Cauley-Stein, Kentucky, 7'0'', C
Willie Cauley-Stein is awfully raw, and with a center-heavy draft pool, he could get passed on by prospects who are more NBA-ready.
Cauley-Stein could use a full offseason to work exclusively on his post game. Right now he's scoring the majority of his points using his size and athleticism and not enough off a refined offensive move. His stock will never dip too low because of his attractive physical tools, so there isn't much risk associated with returning as a sophomore.
He'd likely be much more prepared for his sophomore year given he knows the ropes and his comfort level is higher.