Alabi, Taylor still on the fence


Editor's Note: Since this piece was originally published, Luke Babbitt declared for the draft. He has been removed from the group below.

The proverbial NBA draft floodgates are wide open.

A whopping 57 college underclassmen have already stated their intentions to declare for the 2010 draft, and we still have until April 25 at 11:59 p.m. for more to follow. Apparently, the NCAA's decision to move up the withdrawal date for NCAA prospects to May 8 has done little to stem the early entry tide.

Last year we saw a brief respite from the storm when a handful of potential lottery picks -- Ed Davis, Al-Farouq Aminu, Cole Aldrich, Willie Warren and Greg Monroe -- decided to return to school for another season. But at this point, all of ESPN.com's projected lottery picks have declared for the draft.

It goes deeper than that. Twenty-five of our top 30 prospects are in. And an unusually high number of players not ranked in ESPN.com's top 60 or even in our Top 100 have declared.

With a week until the deadline, here's an update on the players, currently ranked in our Top 60, that we're still waiting to hear something from.

Solomon Alabi, C, Florida State

The word coming out of Alabi's camp is that he'll declare and he'll hire an agent, ending his college eligibility. It's a low-risk move if Alabi is content with going in the first round. If he wants to be a lottery pick, however, he'd better shine in workouts.

Jordan Hamilton, F, Texas

The sharpshooting small forward from Texas is a lottery-type talent with a D-League sense of shot selection. If someone wants to be patient, he should be a heck of pick late in the first round. But patience will be the key word.

Aaric Murray, F/C, La Salle

There has been some conflicting info out there about whether Murray will declare for the draft. Murray is another sleeper who could easily crack the first round. You don't see a lot of players his size who can shoot the ball the way he can. I've talked to a few GMs who have him ahead of Alabi and in the mid-first round. Others still have him in the second.

Damian Saunders, F, Duquesne

Saunders is another big-time sleeper. He came incredibly close to a ridiculous rarity by nearly posting three steals and three blocks per game (he ended up at 2.8 and 2.9, respectively). While he's not polished offensively, scouts believe he could become a lockdown defender in the pros. Saunders is yet another potential late-first round pick.

Tyshawn Taylor, G, Kansas

Taylor won some early support this summer with his play for Team USA but quickly lost much of it after a very slow start to the season. He began playing better toward the end of the season. The question for Taylor is, with Sherron Collins now gone, would he be better off staying at KU one more year as the lead guard? With news that point guard Josh Selby, a potential top-10 pick in 2011, will play for KU next year, Taylor may feel compelled to go pro now.