The NCAA season is coming to a close and mock drafts are heating up. Not a lot of NBA talent is playing in the Final Four due to all the upsets in the NCAA Tournament this year, so NBA fans are beginning to wonder who their team will select in this year's draft.
Generally, we think that if a player is good enough to be drafted in the first round of the NBA draft they should declare. It is hard to suggest any person who could immediately become a millionaire should return to school and risk injury, poor performance, and all the other risks that could negatively affect their draft stock. However, in a limited number of circumstances a player would benefit by returning to school and getting better before entering their name.
They may benefit by gaining maturity, improving their skills, or they could even be a higher pick the following year because the draft is exceptionally strong this year at their position. We wouldn't condemn any of these players if they enter or leave their names in the draft, but if we were advising them we'd at least entertain the notion of returning to school.