To continue to the list from yesterday I’ll talk about more players that have made the decision enter the NBA draft (with or without an agent).

After failing to meet expectations Selby has declared for the NBA Draft

9) Josh Selby.  I’ll go ahead and state it up front. I think Selby should stay.  The Freshman phenom started the season serving a 9 game suspension for NCAA recruiting violations.  Selby had a break out game against USC hitting a game winning 3 and finished the game with 21 points.  That was his season high.  He only averaged 7.9 points/game throughout the season coming off of the bench as a role player.  He never quite lived up to the expectations this past season.  I do not feel like Selby had a good enough season to even consider leaving Kansas early.  Things should be interesting for Kansas, they’re losing 4 of their top 5 scorers from this past season. Hands down, Selby should stay.

Kawhi averaged a double-double while leading the Aztecs to a school best 34-3 record

10) Kawhi Leonard.  This outstanding sophomore averaged a double-double (15.5 ppg 10.6 rpg)  over the course of the season leading the San Diego State Aztecs to the best record in school history (34-3).  With 3 seniors leaving this team I don’t believe SDSU will be able to make another run at the Mountain West Conference title or another Sweet 16 appearance.  I think it’s a no brainer that Leonard should take off for the NBA.  He’s definitely ready for the next step. The only thing that scares me for this young individual is the possibility of an NBA Lockout.

Isaiah Thomas would the project Pac-12 Player of the Year if he returned to Washington

11) Isaiah Thomas. Thomas averaged 16.8 points/game with 6.1 assists/game.  Isaiah made himself an argument for the Pac-10 Player of the Year but the honors went to Sophomore Derrick Williams of Arizona (who is also on this list, check previous post).  Isaiah has declared for the NBA draft foregoing his senior season.  Personally, I like this kid and think college basketball is losing an extremely exciting player to watch.  Also, I think he should stay at the college level one more season finishing school and getting his degree.  Plus, he would be the favorite for the Pac-12 Player of the Year which would increase his draft status in the NBA.

Richmond had a sub-par season for a Freshman that plans on leaving for the NBA Draft

12) Jereme Richmond.  Richmond averaged 7.6 ppg and 5 rebounds per game.  I would say this is a solid Freshman season, but not for one who plans on entering the NBA draft.  Jereme helped the Fighting Illini post a 20-14 (9-9) record. I don’t think it’s a good idea for this Freshman to leave early.  He’s kind of small for his frame.  He’s 6 ft. 7in. and only weighs around 205.  Personally, I think at least another year or two would help him significantly.  I believe he could make a name for himself as a prominent player in the Big Ten and add weight to his frame making him a force down low.  Richmond, you should stay in school for at least another season.

Keep checking in for more information and my thoughts on players who are leaving early for the draft.  After National signing day and NBA early draft entry day I’ll make some posts with my Top 10 and 25 teams for next season (preseason of course).  Thanks for reading!

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