Highly Touted College Basketball Freshmen Most Likely to Stay in School 2 Years

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Highly Touted College Basketball Freshmen Most Likely to Stay in School 2 Years
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McDonald's All-American Chris Walker will miss at least the first month of the season, increasing the odds he comes back to school as a sophomore.

Andrew Wiggins is as good as gone after one year at Kansas. And Big Blue Nation should not hold onto much hope that Julius Randle will be back as a sophomore in 2014-15.

The 2013 freshman class is loaded and some NBA teams are already tanking to try to get one of these prospects. But not every one can go pro.

Sure, there's a reason we'll look back at this period of college basketball as the one-and-done era. Most of the players at the top of their classes head to campus with the intention of leaving for the NBA draft after just one year.

However, since 2008, there have been only seven guys in each respective class (28 total) ranked in the top 20 by Rivals.com, who have left for the NBA after one college season. (One player, Latavious Williams, decided to go pro immediately, opting for the D-League instead of college.) 

The only time more than half the top 20 freshmen went pro after one year, was in 2007 (11 players). Since the NBA changed the age limit, 62 percent of the players ranked in the top 20 by Rivals.com have made it to their sophomore year. 

If you were to give each top 20 player in 2013 truth serum and asked him if they'll ever be sophomores in college, a majority would probably answer no. But chances are a majority will be back. These 10 fit the profile. 

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