So I have a question, given all the Burke chatter that we seem to go through every summer these days either with football or basketball. Clearly the trend right now in both bball and football is to leave early while the iron is hot, for fear of losing money by staying around longer either by having a worse season or getting injured. But how many guys have actually lost money by staying? The only example I can think of off the top of my head is maybe Kalin Lucas, but he (like Burke and Morris) wasn't really a can't miss if he entered the draft before his injury year. I feel like the number of guys who have stuck around, improved even more, and still got their money in the draft is a lot higher than the number of guys who lost it all by "gambling" with another year in college. Does anyone have any examples of guys who flamed out and missed out on their draft money? I'd be interested to see one of our stats gurus do a write-up on this.
Additional question: How did this whole idea get started? There must have been one guy that actually did lose out on the pros in the last ten years to make this become such an issue for players.