2011 NBA Draft: The Top College Prospects Who Shouldn't Go Pro

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2011 NBA Draft: The Top College Prospects Who Shouldn't Go Pro
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Let's be honest: After what happened this weekend, 99.9 percent of all brackets have been ripped up and thrown in the garbage. The vast majority of people have no teams in the Final Four and virtually no one has VCU or Butler in the championship game.

So, it's time to move on to the next big event in college basketball: figuring out who is leaving early to enter the NBA draft and who is staying.

This year, however, there's the uncertainty about whether there will even be an NBA season in 2011-12. Because of this, many players who would normally declare may elect to stay to improve their draft stock and ensure that they won't be sitting at home watching their college teammates do something they're not: playing.

Some top players, like Jared Sullinger and Tristan Thompson, have already made the promise they'll return to school.

With this uncertainty, I think players who are either automatic top-five players (such as Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams and Harrison Barnes) or players whose stock can't benefit much from staying another year (Kemba Walker) should declare, whereas everyone else has a legitimate argument to return to school for another season.

This list encompasses top prospects who are viewed as first-round picks, so they do have some incentive to come out early, but also some reasons to stay and improve their games. The numbers next to the players are the ranking given out by ESPN.

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