With the draft deadline appraoching on June 16th, there are many underclassmen who have not yet signed with an agent. Which players should hire an agent and which players need to go back to college?
Joe Alexander SF WVU - No one really heard of him two years ago until he stood out the last season. He is compared to a white Shawn Marion because of his athleticism. He may be a one year hit, which is why I believe he should stay in the draft. His draft stock is as high as it needs to be and going back to college could lower it.
Chase Budinger SG Arizona - He was considered a top 10 pick a year ago, but after a bad season his stock has dropped. The coaching change may have effected his game and with coach Olsen returning, Budinger should go back to college. He may fall later in the first round, but if he comes back to college and has a good year, in which he is capable of, he could return as a top 10 pick in the 2009 draft. He has things to prove in college.
Wayne Ellington SG UNC - He will be a Cuttino Mobley type of player in the NBA, but not yet. He needs to develop more, which is why he needs to go back to college. He struggled in pre-draft camp with the NBA range and his shot was not as fast as scouts want it to be. He has the tools to be a productive shooter in the NBA , but should develop his skills more in college. He could fall to the second round.
Danny Green SF UNC - Last year at UNC he had a solid overall season, but not at an NBA level. Some scouts believe he can go late second round, but I do not see him getting drafted. If he goes back to college he can prove something and become a NBA prospect. He is a raw talent, like Ellington, and should go back to UNC.
DeAndre Jordan C Texam A&M - He has potential to be a Dwight Howard or in worst case scenario, which is pretty bad, Kwame Brown. He is extremely athletic for a 7 footer and size like this only comes once in a lifetime. He needs to develop a lot, which is why he needs to go back to college, but since he looks like a top 10 pick he should not risk losing this high stock. If he comes back to college and looks like a Kwame Brown, he could fall in the draft. He will probably be a D-League player for the next couple years and be a project, but should rather develop under NBA trainers and make money.
Ty Lawson PG UNC - Another UNC underclassmen testing the waters, but Lawson is different. Before his injury last season he was considered a top point guard. He is the fastest player in the draft. A team like the Nuggets could take him in the first round. He could prove something next year in a full season in college, but is talented enough to play in the NBA.
Jaremy Pargo PG Gonzaga - Scouts believed he could be the sleeper in the draft this year and slip to the second round, but in the NBA pre-draft camp was really disappointing. He is athletics enough to play in the NBA, but does not have that feel yet. He needs another year in college.
Marreese Speights PF Florida - Has enough talent and athleticism to be a top 5 pick, like Al Horford, but needs things to improve in. He could be a mid first round pick this year, but if he goes back to college and develop more with coach Donovan, he could easily be a better player than Al Horford in the NBA.
Mario Chalmers PG Kansas - After being the hero in the national championship his draft stock could not be higher. He is talked about being a late first round pick. If he returns to college he could continue to be the hero on campus and could be the star of Kansas basketball, but I feel he is NBA ready. He can defend and play at the next level and should stay in the draft.
DJ Augustine PG Texas - This is my surprising pick on who should return to college. I personally think he is the second best point guard behind Derrick Rose, but could fall to the late lottery. He had an effective season, before his injury. I do not feel that he is NBA ready yet. He has the tools to be an effective starting PG at the next level, but needs to develop physically and his game needs to improve in some areas. He is under 6 feet and it is tough to come into the league that small and make an impact. He also is not that greatly athletic. If he comes back for another year he can bulk up a bit and develop his skills more. His game is shooting and driving to the hoop, but needs more tools to his game since an NBA defender will be all over him. He needs to work on more PG skills and having a good year in college again would make him a favorite to be the first PG taken in the 2009 NBA draft.