To go pro or stay and play—that is the scenario that most of the top incoming freshmen in college basketball face on an annual basis nowadays.
As the highest-rated players in their class, they're already on the radar of NBA scouts and executives, who have been attending their high school and travel games for years. Rules require players to wait a year after high school before entering the NBA draft, which means spending at least one season in college (or heading overseas for a professional gig in Europe or Asia, as top point guard recruit Emmanuel Mudiay chose to do).
Nine of the top 51 players from the 2013 recruiting class ended up turning pro after one year, including six of the 11 highest-rated prospects, and all nine were taken among the first 18 selections in the 2014 NBA draft. More of the same should happen next year, as NBADraft.net's latest 2015 mock draft has seven incoming freshmen (along with Mudiay) slotted to enter the draft and go in the first round.
College coaches have to plan for the likelihood that their best freshmen won't ever become sophomores, but it's nice to dream of such a concept, right? And while so much attention gets paid to the top tykes, plenty of notable newcomers will stick around for two or more seasons for various reasons.
Here are the best 10 incoming freshmen who seem most likely to stick around for multiple years of college basketball.