Here are some NBA players who should just be graduating from college: John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Kawhi Leonard, Derrick Favors, Avery Bradley, Xavier Henry, Lance Stephenson and Thomas Robinson.
A majority of the most valuable players in the 2009 freshmen class didn't make it to even their sophomore years, but the beauty of college basketball is the guys who stay, develop and become extremely valuable to their teams when they're upperclassmen.
Scrolling through this list will be a reminder of why the mid-majors can compete in March. They get guys to stick around and become stars.
Ranking the 10 most difficult to replace was not easy, and if everyone stayed in school these days, it would be close to impossible.
This is the formula I used to determine to pick the final 10:
- Value to their team.
- How would each respective team fare with a replacement-level player?
Honorable mentions: Erick Green, Virginia Tech; Ryan Kelly, Duke; Seth Curry, Duke; Colton Iverson, Colorado State; Zeke Marshall, Akron; C.J. McCollum, Lehigh; Carl Hall, Wichita State; Malcolm Armstead, Wichita State; Arsalan Kazemi, Oregon; Brandon Paul, Illinois; Rodney McGruder, K-State; Brandon Triche, Syracuse; Jared Berggren, Wisconsin; Jack Cooley, Notre Dame; Ramon Galloway, LaSalle; Rotnei Clarke, Butler; Ian Clark, Belmont; Michael Snaer, Florida State; Travis Releford, Kansas; Elias Harris, Gonzaga; Christian Watford, Indiana; Brandon Davies, BYU.
All advanced stats used in this piece come from KenPom.com.