Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Pressey's NBA future
By Luke Lapinski
Add another name to the list of notable college stars that are making the jump to the NBA this summer. Missouri announced today that Phil Pressey will forgo his senior season to turn pro.
Chad Ford projects the slippery point guard as a potential second rounder, and noted before March Madness that a strong NCAA Tournament run could really boost his stock. The Tigers bowed out after just one game, however, leaving Pressey with very limited opportunity to impress a national audience and show what he could do under the pressure of a one-and-done scenario. He did manage 20 points and seven assists in that one game, but was it enough?
Jeff Eisenberg of the Dagger argues that Pressey might not be maximizing his value by declaring now. He notes that the SEC's preseason player of the year actually put up a more consistently strong showing in 2011-12. To that end, it may have benefited him more to either come out after his sophomore season, or return for his senior season and improve his jumper. Ultimately, there's notable talent and upside here though. His path to the NBA may be a little tougher now than it was twelve months ago, but he'll still get the opportunity to make his mark.