The 2014 NBA draft is expected to be a tremendously strong one, which is good news for pro teams but not such good news for college players stuck in good-but-not-great limbo. With so much talent at the top, it’s an especially dangerous year for middling underclassmen to leave early, as they could be sacrificing many spots on the draft board (and many millions in salary).
One such youngster is Baylor sophomore Isaiah Austin, whose 7’1” frame and perimeter skills have been tantalizing scouts since he was a high schooler. Two years into his college career, he’s a long way from fulfilling his potential, but he’s opted to throw his hat into the NBA ring anyway.
Herein, a look at why Austin would have been better off staying for another year in Waco, along with nine more freshmen, sophomores and juniors who won’t be happy with the results of draft night in June.