School Is Cool, Fool
Selby, Mack, and Joseph should’ve returned to school.
In the last action-packed episode of Draft 365, we identified some NCAA players who should have entered their names into this year’s NBA Draft. Now for the flipside – here are some of the players who were a little too hasty in departing school and entering this year’s draft. While there are scores of underclassman who have entered the draft this year and won’t even get selected, these are the three players who stood out to us as guys who should have kept going to class. And remember, second round picks in the NBA aren’t given guaranteed contracts or are locks to even get a roster spot, so some of these guys could find themselves playing in some far away land with an unpronounceable name this time next year.
School Is Cool, Fool
(Players who entered the Draft but shouldn’t have)
Heading into this season, Josh Selby was considered to be a potential top-10 pick in this year’s draft. Now, after a subpar freshman season with Kansas, the 6-3 combo guard will be lucky to sneak into the bottom of the first round. Selby’s stock dropped dramatically due to his inconsistent play on the court and questions about his attitude and maturity. Another year in college, to mature his game (can he improve his point guard skills so he isn’t solely an undersized shooting guard?), his mind and his body would be the best medicine for his ailing draft prospects.
Apparently Butler junior Shelvin Mack has gotten bored of playing in the NCAA. Two Final Fours and he wants to go pro. However, Mack would be better suited to return for his senior year with the Bulldogs as he’s looking like nothing more than a second-round pick at this point. Another season in college to improve his point guard skills (like Selby he’s a 6-3 shooting guard) and become the focal point of the team with Matt Howard graduating would certainly help his draft stock.
In a shocking move, Longhorns’ freshman point guard Cory Joseph bolted from college after only one season and entered this year’s draft. Joseph is being projected as going as low as the very last pick of the whole draft this year, so leaving college with three years of eligibility left is a real head scratcher. While he is a mature player on the floor, another year in Austin would have helped him get stronger physically and definitely move him up the draft boards.