Mount St. Mary's hired a private equity CEO to be their president. You'll never guess what happened next.
I've heard the opposite, that if he gets a first round grade he'd lean towards being back because of the possibility (probability) of a lock-out in the NBA.
wait, you think that if he gets a first round grade he's likely to come back, but if he gets a second round grade he's likely to leave?
No, sorry, if he gets a 2nd round grade he's coming back.
when do they get their grades from the nba committee?
The evaluations were supposed to be completed by April 18, according to a March 28 annarbor.com story:
The committee of NBA player personnel experts will inform draft prospects by April 18 if they are likely to be a lottery pick, a first-round pick, a second-round pick or go undrafted.
Unless he has a first round promise from someone (doubtful); this is a really bad move. He should really come back 1 more year and shore up those areas of his game.
I'll believe it when he says it himself.
What does everybody mean by "use his left". Is it shooting with his left hand?
We would love it if Darius would shoot with his left hand from time to time.
He's more than earned the right to make his own announcement.
Unless he gets a promise to go in the first round. Getting drafted in the second round is worse than being a free agent.
Time to fire up the Rainbow Unicorn Panic Button again...
It's working now.
We need some good news around here. I think he is throwing his hat in the ring more so to get an evaluation of what he needs to work on for next year. There is no way to guarantee he will go in the 1st round no matter what he is told.
Always had a bad feeling about this. I personally think he will in fact go to the NBA regardless of if he's an early 2nd rounder or a 1st round pick
I'll see your "panic" and raise you a "don't panic".
But I find it unlikely. Is it possible that he's trying to see if anyone's perceptions change if he talks more like he's coming out rather than staying? Some people might view a prospect differently if they're sure they can't get him anyway.
so long as he doesn't hire an agent.
Exactly. I think this is the key. No agent = coming back.
Everyhting I've read has his brother pushing him into the draft. If he goes, so be it, Mr. Burke, cmon down.
That link doesn't say anything like that...
if you're not on twitter it probably won't work yet. i cut and paste the tweet. it's still there.
The twitter link is all there is. The link within just goes to his profile.
How can he remain in the draft if he hasn't yet declared for the draft? As far as I understood it he's only asked for an evaluation of his draft status.
AFAIK, in order to receive an evaluation of your draft status, you technically need to enter the draft. This is fine as long as you don't hire an agent. He then has until May 8th to withdraw or he'll lose his college eligibility.
I won't believe anything like this unless someone with credibility can be attributed to the quote. When you look at their mock draft, they don't have Morris in the top 60 taken. Yet, on their Top 100 player rankings, (by someone named Aran Smith), Morris is ranked 49th.
But, I could give a crap about these rankings. Morris needs at least one more year in college to work on his game. He isn't ready for the NBA. Hopefully, all this is needless panic.
Huge fan of D-Mo, but two words come to mind: Marcus Taylor.
Darius should really stay and work on his shot and his left handed dribbling.
Good luck to him on his NBA Career.
He is now...
We'll see if he stays. I don't think any of us really have an idea what he'll do anymore. If he does leave then we'll find a way to deal. It will probably involve double or triple the minutes Trey Burke would have gotten...
If he gets decent information, he should go. The NBA draft is all about potential and he's riding high now. Manny Harris probably should have left after his sophomore year riding the wave of the NCAA trip. I can't imagine his junior year did anything but hurt him. If you have the chance, take it, because it might not be there next time.
Either that or they last until you refresh the page. 50/50.
Mine won't go away after refresh...damn that 50/50
I really hope he stays for the sake of Michigan basketball and for his own personal development. I know it is him own choice, but I really hope he stays.
I don't understand why so many good players leave early for the draft. I don't get why people don't want to stay at their school and create a legacy. To be remembered at a school and not just remembered as a good player at a school. This isn't to mention the college days are the best part of many peoples lives. When good players stay for their remaining years they could do some great things there and could be remembered for it. Maybe my mentality is a little different than most, in that its not all about the money but for the legacy and tradition as well.
Maybe my mentality is a little different than most, in that its not all about the money but for the legacy and tradition as well.
That's easy to say when it's not your future on the line
Yeah, I would take a seven figure paycheck to fulfill my lifelong dream--which for him is probably in the NBA. Legacies don't pay the bills.
They would....just it would be delayed by 2 years. If someone is possibly going to go in the 1st round after their sophomore year they most likely will improve and still go in the 1st round 2 years layer (as long as no serious injuries)
We're not going to agree. Players should go for first round money. The risk and reward are too great, IMO.
...the prevalence of the one and dones (and two and dones) is really leading to the deterioration of the quality of both the NBA and NCAA games (and I believe I read an interview with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a year or so ago where he said that some of the behavioral issues in the NBA in the recent past were due to 19-20 years being able to declare and get ultra-rich at that age).
No one makes the NBA teams take the one and dones and I fail to see how the players should worry about the overall quality of NCAA basketball. The schools and the NCAA make plenty of money off of the players and there's no reason the players shouldn't want to act in their economic interest too.
I agree, I don't think its their responsibility to keep the quality of the NBA up. I can see how the economic benefits would lure a lot of people in, and I guess a lot of players are not from the most wealthy of backgrounds. If I could afford to not take money right away though as a player (i know a lot of people can't) I would definitely stick around at my school.
"Leaning towards remaining in this year's draft" and "probably gone" are two different things.
The former indicates a slight bias whereas the latter indicates a strong bias and likely outcome.
Attention getting headline but inaccurate.
You Cry...and then you Cry Cry Again...
Entering the Draft, but I do have a problem with him saying he'll return for sure and then leave, if he ends up leaving. If you think you might want to leave, leave the door open. Don't say you won't and then do.
Everything I hear on espn radio tells me that the NBA and the cba is much worse than the NFL. It sounds almost certain that the NBA will not have season next year. David stern has bride in his beer that the NBA is losing a ton of money. So why take the chance and leave school and then niot have the chance to play because there is a lockout.
No offense to the kid but he's out of the league after one contract if he goes now. Nowhere close to ready.
No outside shot, no left hand. Obviously he'll get drafted if he leaves, but he could improve his draft position A LOT if he sticks around for a year and just develops a perimeter shot. IT MAKES NO FUCKING SENSE FOR HIM TO GO TO THE NBA RIGHT NOW. I know it's easy for me to say, but he could get a hell of a lot better of a rookie contract if he sticks around one more year.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to say "oh screw him he wasn't that good anyway", because he's talented as hell and I'm grateful as hell that he went to Michigan ... but I just don't think it makes sense for him to leave right now when he could be a LOTTERY PICK next year. Oh, and there's that whole lockout thing.
Kalin Lucas was player of the year in the conference his sophmore year, led his team to the final four and a way better player than Morris is at this time, but stayed in school. So it makes perfect sense that Morris would go pro and sit at the end of someone's bench for 3 years while he develops, if he even makes the league.
Lucas is also generously listed at 6'1 whereas Morris is pushing 6'5 with similar abilities. That makes a big difference. Big point guards are the rage in the NBA.
We know how the NBA works and all these kids have seen so many flame outs, it's amazing that they are so oblivious to the weaknesses in their game. I understand some emphasis on jumping if you think you'll get the guaranteed first round money but for someone like Darius with such a tremendous upside, jumping just because you think you'll be a low first round pick is like being so eager to get to the party that you jump in a Civic when there is a Ferrari with your name on arriving 15 minutes later.
If Darius has modest improvement in his ability to defend and go left and a significant improvement in his shooting, he'd be a borderline lottery pick next year. Let's say he'd get drafted 26 this year (super optimistic to give him the benefit of the doubt) and 12th if he stayed another year. That decision would make him
At 26th, he'd make 922,000, then 991,000 then 1,060,000 = $2,973,000
At 12th he'd make 1,736,000 then 1,866,000 then 1,996,000 = $5,598,000
The decision to stay will have made him an extra $2,500,000 in his first three years of work. And of course, imagine if he goes in the second round this year with no guaranteed contract.
Stay, get an insurance policy, improve, be part of something fun and perhaps special, and get richer.