When to enter the NBA Draft for many college basketball players can be a difficult decision. A great performance late in the season can often vault a player's profile higher than his actual talent.
Players can be overdrafted on one great performance or a great conference tournament or NCAA Tournament.
Add in family, AAU coaches and friends talking in a player's ear and the player can think he is better than he really is.
Here are 10 players that have declared for the 2010 NBA Draft that would be better served returning to college for 2011.
After winning the NIT in 2009, optimism abounded in Happy Valley. Talor Battle was coming off a summer representing the United States in the World University Games.
Battle helped lead the U.S. to a bronze medal and earned First Team All-U Games in the process. The consensus is that Battle is a second-round pick at best. There is a good chance he won't be drafted.
He is currently listed in the low 20s at point guard.
Battle had an outstanding junior season for a disappointing and underachieving Penn State team. Battle led the Nittany Lions in points, rebounds, assists and steals. He was the only player in a BCS conference to accomplish that feat.
If Battle returns, Penn State should be significantly improved in a critical year for Nittany Lions Coach Ed DeChellis.
Tyus is a marginal NBA Player who surprised many by entering the NBA Draft a year early. Most pundits have Tyus' stock neither improving or declining by staying in school.
The Gators have a good recruiting class coming in and they get back center Kenny Kadji, who was hurt most of this season.
Tyus put up 11.8 PPG and 6.8 RPG for an inconsistent Gator team that finished its season 21-13, including four straight losses to end the season.
It seems as if Tyus is a tweener. At 6'8 220, he is considered too small to play power forward. He must also improve his defense. He did make 4-of-10 three-point field goal attempts this season.
If Tyus can up his game next season, he might surprise enough to at least put himself in a position to be a surefire second-round pick.
Jones has been the Bulls best player since arriving in Tampa in the fall of 2007. He has increased his scoring and rebounding each year and was named First Team All-Big East in 2010.
Jones finished this season averaging 21.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG and 3.6 APG. The 6'4 junior's shooting was worse this season than it was during his freshman season.
If Jones returns, guard Mike Mercer is the Bulls' only significant loss. They flirted with the bubble in 2010. With Jones on their 2011 roster, USF will have an excellent chance at making their first NCAA since 1990.
If he decides to stay in the draft, Jones is projected to be picked from the mid-first round to the mid-second round.
After two consecutive NIT bids and no NCAA Tournament appearances since 2005, New Mexico had a breakout 30-5 season in 2010.
Hobson led the Lobos in scoring, rebounding and assists in 2010. He became the first player in the 100-year history of New Mexico basketball to accomplish that trifecta.
If Hobson returns, the Lobos will return everyone with the exception of 6'6 F Roman Martinez. Hobson is being projected as a second-round pick. He was named a Second Team All-American after the season.
With his return, New Mexico would be in position for another outstanding season.
Hobson needs work on his athleticism, his shooting, and decision making.
He averaged three turnovers per game this season and made only 65 percent of his free throws and 44 percent from the floor.
A junior college transfer this past season, Hobson could use another season of major college basketball. If he improves the weaknesses in his game, Hobson might play himself into the 2011 first round.
One of the most dynamic scorers in college basketball, Fredette exploded onto the national scene with 49 points at Arizona in December.
Fredette had six games over 30 points this season, including 37 in the Cougars first-round win over Florida in the NCAA Tournament. That was BYU's first tournament win since 1993.
Fredette has amazing range on his shot and is an incredible shooter. He shot 45.8 percent from the floor, 44.0 percent on three-point attempts and 89.2 percent from the free throw line. His shooting alone should get him into the Association.
He will need to improve his athleticism and continue to show he has the ability to create his own offense to secure a place in the first round.
The consensus is that Fredette will be a second-round pick if he is drafted at all. His brother and teammates have indicated he is leaning towards coming back.
He wanted to go through the process of being able to show teams what he can do and get his name out there.
Fredette is the kind of player that has the ability to carry a team deep into March. BYU loses only one key player from this year's team. If Fredette returns, BYU should have a nationally-ranked team.
With another chance to showcase himself, Fredette should be able to turn himself into a 2011 first-round pick.
Despite the loss of Blake Griffin, there were high hopes in Norman entering the 2009-10 season.
The Sooners returned Willie Warren and Tony Crocker and welcomed a nationally-ranked recruiting class including Mason-Griffin and Tiny Gallon.
Mason-Griffin was a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season for OU. Mason-Griffin is not rated in the top 100 prospects for the 2010 draft and he averaged somewhere in the 40s in the high school class of 2009.
The 5'10 freshman averaged 14.1 PPG and 5.0 APG. He also put up a decent 1.8-1.0 Assist to turnover ratio.
He connected on 81.3 percent of this free throws and 42.4 percent of his three-point attempts, but made only 39.8 percent of his shots from the field.
Size is an important consideration in the NBA. To make it as an undersized player at any position, a player has to have exceptional talent.
Players like Isiah Thomas, Derrick Rose and Allen Iverson were exceptional talents that either dominated their opponents, were incredible leaders or both.
Mason-Griffin was a good player on a mediocre, underachieving team. He hasn't proven in his one year in college that he is ready for the NBA. The scouts and various draft experts seem to agree.
Caracter began his collegiate career at Louisville as part of a very highly-ranked recruiting class. Caracter left Louisville after a troubled two years for Texas-El Paso.
Caracter's classmates, Edgar Sosa, Jerry Smith and Earl Clark were the core of the Cardinals 2009 historic season.
UL won the Big East regular season and tournament titles, earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to their second straight Elite Eight. After transferring to UTEP, Caracter sat out the 2009 season.
Caracter averaged only 8.2 PPG and 4.3 RPG in his two seasons at UL. He was a key in UTEP's 26-7, 15-1 Confercence USA 2010 season. He averaged 14.1 PPG, 8.1 RPG and nearly one block per game.
UTEP returns its entire team next season under new coach Tim Floyd. Floyd has already taken New Orleans, Iowa State and USC to the NCAA Tournament and has experience coaching the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Hornets.
With their entire team returning, UTEP has a chance to be a consistent Top 25 team next season. Memphis welcomes the No. 1 recruiting class nationally, providing the Miners with great competition in 2011.
Caracter is projected as a second-round pick at best in this June's draft. If Caracter returns to West Texas, he would have a chance to boost himself into the first round in 2011.
Harris seems to be a classic case of listening to those close to him. Harris has reportedly said he is ready to prove doubters wrong that he is not ready for the Association.
Harris had a solid all-around season for the Wolverines. He averaged 18.1 PPG, 6.0 RPG and 4.1 APG. He only shot 42.1 percent from the floor and 30.8 percent on three-point field goals for a disappointing Michigan team.
Harris has never connected on more than 33 percent of his three-pointers in college and this was his best year from the floor. In addition to obviously needing to improve his shooting, Harris has oft been criticized about his ability to take the ball to his left.
Another year in John Belein's unique system would benefit Harris. The Wolverines lose only DeShawn Sims besides Harris.
The Big Ten should be loaded in 2011, so playing another year against high-level competition would provide scouts more opportunities to evaluate Harris, give the 6'4 guard a chance to work on his game and the possibility of leading UM back to the NCAA Tournament.
Harris is projected as a mid-second to undrafted player. Had he returned to Michigan, he might have been able to push himself up to a late first-round pick. Harris has signed with an agent, so his collegiate career is finished.
It's not often that a backup declares for the NBA Draft, especially with three years of eligibility remaining.
Marvin Williams did so after serving as the sixth man on North Carolina's 2005 National Championship team, but Williams was a lottery pick who averaged 11.6 PPG and 6.6 RPG and was an excellent shooter.
Orton felt that he was ready for the NBA after competing against fellow early entrants DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson in practice every day.
The 6'10 C/PF is a borderline first-round pick that will most likely end up in the second round. He has NBA athleticism with the size and body to compete on the next level.
With Patterson and Cousins leaving, Orton would be a lock for the starting center position. With Kentucky's mass defections, Orton would become a focal point in their offense.
On the next level, even if Orton is drafted in the first round, he would likely sit on the bench.
If he returns to Kentucky, he could showcase his skills on what is likely to be a reloaded team that still has a national profile. He could accomplish a lot in 2011 and possibly play himself into a lottery pick.
Stephenson's career at Cincinnati is over after signing with an agent. He would have benefited by staying one more year in the Queen City.
Some have suggested that he landed at UC because there were too many questions surrounding his recruitment. The player that was dubbed born ready is on his way to the NBA.
Citing family concerns, Stephenson has decided to enter the NBA Draft. The average fan cannot ever begin to relate to how a decision is made to enter a name into the NBA Draft.
Judging solely on his game, Stephenson should have returned to Cincinnati for his sophomore season.
Stephenson was the best player on a 18-15 team that returned all of its important players except for guard Deonta Vaughn.
Stephenson is widely considered a second-round pick. He was named the Big East's Freshman of the Year after averaging 12.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG and 2.5 APG this season.
The 6'5 guard from New York needs to work on taking care of the ball, his decision-making and shooting.
His assist to turnover ratio was only 84 to 81, and his shooting percentages were mostly abysmal. He shot 44 percent from the field, 66.6 percent from the line and made just 21.9 percent of his three-point field goals.
In his first season in college, Stephenson needed to be more assertive. If he had elected to stay a second season in the Queen City, Stephenson would have likely been one of the biggest stars in the Big East.
Depending on how successful his 2010-11 season would have gone, Stephenson might have played himself into a lottery pick. By leaving now, he would be fortunate to be picked in the first round.
If he is picked in the second round, Stephenson isn't even guaranteed a roster spot.