2011 NBA Mock Draft: How Does Jared Sullinger Not Declaring Affect Draft?

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: How Does Jared Sullinger Not Declaring Affect Draft?
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When a player is projected to be a lottery pick, they almost always declare for the NBA Draft. Not only are they forgoing millions of dollars, but there's no guarantee that their draft position will be as high next year. Which makes Ohio State's Jared Sullinger's decision to go back to Ohio State for his sophomore season so unusual.

But since this draft has so many talented forwards at both the 3 and 4 positions, NBA teams won't shed too many tears over Sullinger's decision, especially considering the holes in his game.

He played as a low-post center at Ohio State, but at only 6'9, he won't be able to do that in the NBA. To make the transition to the next level, he'll need to improve his perimeter game as well as sculpt his body to deal with guys like Lamar Odom on the perimeter.

At the same time, many elite prospects are still sitting on the fence as to whether to declare or not. Labor negotiations in the NBA are likely to be contentious and long, and a good percentage of the NBA season may not be played next season. 

This could be an incentive for many borderline guys to stay in school one more year and avoid being in limbo, unable to sign with their pro teams or play with their amateur ones.

For now, with the deadline for underclassmen to declare still weeks away and the all-important Combine measurements more than a month away, an accurate mock draft is all but hopeless. Instead, using ESPN Chad Ford's list of whose in and whose out, I'll try to give a rough approximation of how I think the top prospects in the college and Europe stack up against each other.

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