A whopping 77 underclassmen have declared for the 2010 NBA draft. With the April 25 deadline to declare past, the next key date will be May 8. That's the NCAA's newly imposed date for underclassmen to withdraw from the draft if they want to retain their college eligibility.
A number of top underclassmen have either hired agents or said they aren't coming back to school, including John Wall, Evan Turner, DeMarcus Cousins, Derrick Favors, Wesley Johnson, Al-Farouq Aminu, Ed Davis, Cole Aldrich, Greg Monroe, Hassan Whiteside, Patrick Patterson, Xavier Henry, Solomon Alabi, James Anderson, Larry Sanders and Luke Babbitt.
Amazingly, a number of lower-ranked underclassmen -- including Armon Johnson, Dominique Jones, Lance Stephenson, Courtney Fortson, Keith Gallon and Tommy Mason-Griffin -- have also hired agents with no assurances of being selected in the first round, or in the cases of Fortson, Gallon and Mason-Griffin, of being drafted at all.
Still there are plenty of underclassmen sitting on the fence about whether they should go all the way in. Since NBA teams won't actually start working out underclassmen until April 30 and the NBA's pre-draft combine doesn't take place until May 22-23, that leaves precious little time for underclassmen to find out where they stand. Surely the compacted schedule is going to lead to some pretty bad decisions by underclassmen. Here's some advice, based on what I'm hearing from NBA GMs and scouts, for underclassmen still deciding what to do about their future.