Evaluating NBA draft decisions
Moves by Willie Cauley-Stein, others invite scrutiny
The official deadline for college basketball players to declare for the June 26 NBA draft came and went Sunday night.
There were no-brainers: Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid and Julius Randle going to the NBA. And there were easy decisions: Branden Dawson, Jordan Mickey and Ron Baker returning to school for another go-round.
The most important for college basketball in 2014-15 may have been the somewhat surprising return of Willie Cauley-Stein and the Harrison twins to Lexington. But there were other decisions that fall more into a gray area. Below, we break down some of those decisions and whether they were the right call to make -- or ill-advised moves at this particular time.
Mitch McGary, Michigan -- What choice did he really have at the end of the day? It would have been difficult enough to justify returning to school and risk another setback with a nagging back issues, but then after he was hit with a one-year suspension by the NCAA for flunking a drug test in March, it was as much of a no-brainer as any player faced -- except for maybe Wiggins. McGary had to go, even though the 6-foot-10 big man will likely be a second-rounder.
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse -- No one had the Canadian point guard on the board as a potential first-round pick heading into his freshman campaign. In fact, most pegged the pure floor leader as a four-year player. You need to take advantage while you can, and while Ennis could have benefited from another season in college, he's a lock first-rounder and a potential lottery pick. Go make some money, Tyler -- and don't look back.
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