NBA Draft: Should They Stay or Should They Go?
While many young players having their eyes set on going pro, many could benefit from another year of college ball.
Many have the raw skills and athleticism to preform on the next level, but most need a year to develop and master those skills and round out their game.
The big men are a hot commodity when it comes to draft time. With the likes of Hasheem Thabeet, Ed Davis, Stanley Robinson, and Greg Monroe's status being questionable, they need the advice of the draft experts to convince them of what to do.
Hasheem Thabeet: Go Pro
It is hard to say what kind of player the 7'3" Hasheem Thabeet will be in the pros. He has the defensive skills and length to play at the next level, but his offensive ability and strength is nowhere near where it has to be to be a solid NBA player.
It has been proven time and time again with Hasheem that he doesn't have what it takes to succeed on the next level. In the early January game against Georetown, Greg Monroe, a Freshman, made Thabeet look pathetic. The lean Monroe overpowered, outsmarted and flat outplayed Thabeet throughout the entire game.
The reason why I say he needs to go pro is that his stock is up with many NBA teams in need of a big body and next year has the potential to be well-populated with big men in the NCAA.
So I say, go get your money while you can, Thabeet.
Ed Davis: Stay in the NCAA
The 6'10" Davis is a monster down in the low post. His raw athletic ability has him being projected as a future No. 1 pick.
I say future Mo. 1 pick for a reason. He has an amazing post game and with Hasheem Thabeet most likely leaving for the NBA, Davis has the opportunity to win the Defensive POTY for the next few seasons.
The reason why he needs to stay is his size and mid-range offense. He has a tremendous defensive and offensive low-post game, but if he can start making jumpers from 15 to 18 feet consistently, then Ed Davis will be a force to be reckoned with in the pros.
Right now, he has publicly said he will not go pro, which is definitely the right call for him.
Greg Monroe: Stay in the NCAA
The 6'11" Monroe has the tools to be one of the nations premier college players in his upcoming sophomore and possibly junior seasons.
He has the basketball IQ of a point guard, the agility and speed of a small forward, and the size and complete all-around inside skills as a center. He has a silky-smooth jumper out to 18 feet and can drive on almost any big man in the country.
The few reasons why this high touted prospect needs to stay is his strength and to solidify his offensive and defensive presence. Sometimes in games, especially the games in which Georgetown lost, he could fade away.
But in those where his presence was felt, Georgetown was dominant.
In the game against UConn and Hasheem Thabeet, Monroe was all over the court, stealing balls from guards, rebounding on the offensive and defensive glass, and posting up and bullying Thabeet.
With one to two years more of school, Monroe will be a huge threat in the pros.
Luke Harangody and DeJuan Blair: Go Pro
These two beasts have been the calling card of the rough and tough Big East for the past two to three seasons. Both have the motor and low-post skills to make it on the next level, but the lack of a mid- to long-range game for both a bit questionable.
Both have also do not have too much to prove. They have put up ridiculous numbers the past two seasons and have shown that they can play with and if not better than Hasheem Thabeet.
The only viable reason for either of them to stay is the possibility of making a Final Four run, or to work on that lacking mid-range game.
Johnny Flynn: On the Bubble
Flynn is coming off strong performances in the Big East and NCAA tournaments. He has great quickness and strength, plays with terrific passion, and does a good job of distributing the ball.
Teams still worry about his inconsistent jump shot and his lack of size, but if he stays in the draft, he should land somewhere between 15 and 25.
He has the potential to be a solid point guard in the NBA.
Dajuan Summers: On the Bubble
Summers got off to a smoking-hot start this season and there was talk that he might be a mid-first-round pick.
He has great size for his position, NBA athleticism and a terrific body and he can shoot from deep range. He's in many ways the prototypical NBA small forward.
However, his production really dropped off after Georgetown went into the tank. His shooting percentage went down, his turnovers went up, and the team seemed to crumble around him.
Based on physical talent and abilities, Summers is a surefire late-lottery to mid-first-round pick. However, his inability to put together one great college season has given teams pause and put him squarely on the first-round bubble.
Although he has already declared for the draft, he has not hired an agent. If he doesn't hire an agent, he can pull out of the draft by June 26 and preserve his eligibility for his senior season.
Ty Lawson: On the Bubble
The hero for the Tar Heels' championship run, Lawson has nothing else to really work for in his collegiate career.
His powerful motor, high IQ and will to win has him right at the top of the list for point guards in the draft.
Stephen Curry: On the Bubble
Stephen Curry's disappointing '08-09 season was somewhat concerning. After Davidson's magical run in '07-08, the one question about Curry was his role in the team game.
He doesn't have the size to be a shooting guard in the NBA, but yet that is the only position he can consistently played last year for Davidson.
He tends to shy away from being the point guard which pulls into question his leadership skills, ball-handling, and passing ability—all of which are key in the NBA.
If Curry decides to go pro, expect him to slip into the late first round or even early second.