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Impacts Of NBA Draftees

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 05:  A referee talks with Gordon Hayward #20 of the Butler Bulldogs against the Duke Blue Devils during the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 5, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Austin GradeContributor IMay 8, 2010

Just by looking at two teams, you can see the effects of staying in the Draft, or coming back to school.

Purdue

E'Twaan Moore and JuJuan Johnson both will come back for Purdue,and will put the Boilermakers as a lock for a top 5 team to start the season. With them, adding Robbie Hummel, Lewis Jackson and a good recruiting class shows how much a team can gain by bringing back two Big-Ten All-Americans.

Prediction: Final 4   Without them: Sweet 16

 

Butler

Gordon Hayward has announced that he will forgo his junior year and go to the NBA. After coming inches short of a game winning championship shot against Duke, he will leave a very good Butler team who could have been preseason #2, to look for big money instead of a chance at a national championship. Now, Butler will be a top-10 team, and will struggle more against solid teams, and will not make the run they just made in next season's tournament.

Prediction: Sweet 16   With Hayward: National Championship game

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