Well MSU always seems to figure out how to have a really solid Big Ten season. They rarely have a dominant player but Izzo somehow gets them to play above their talent level. If Michigan has four players leave early I could easily see MSU winning the conference.
OT: Oladipo going pro
This isn't related necessarily. But I thought that McGary had said last week that he was coming back? Now everyone is talking like the decision is back up in the air? Is he actually reconsidering or are people just assuming that he is reconsidering?
He said that he'd have to look more at it when the season was over (which it wasn't when he made this clarification).
Yeah, it sounds like he had a lot of people in his ear after he made that first comment about 100% coming back. I bet he still does, but it certainly isn't 100% anymore.
The crazy thing is, the most recent NBADraft.net posting has four (4!) M players projected in the first round. That's seriously nutty.
Good. Now I just wonder who else is leaving besides Burke? If Burke, Hardaway , McGary, and GRIII leave next year could be dicey. However, I am not going to be that guy who starts the "any news" thread.
We could have a seriously new looking lineup next year:
PG - Spike/Walton
SG - Levert
SF - Stauskas/Irvin
PF - Donnal/Bielfeldt
C - Morgan/Horford
oladipo is just developing into a great player and he wants/has to move to the next level.
I highly doubt the people making these decisions for NBA teams really see a difference between a 3-year and a 4-year player. Sure, if there are two players who are equals, teams will lean toward the younger player. But if Hardaway can improve on his weaknesses over the next year then that will make up for him being one year older.
Most NBA teams don't keep their draft picks for more than 3 or 4 years, especially the guys who are less than lottery picks. If there is a four year player out there who maybe has a lower ceiling but is really polished and can get into the rotation right away, that's a benefit.
I believe oladipo is actually going to graduate after this year, so it appears he is interested in his education.
Very good defensive player, which will serve him well in the pros. His offense probably won't ever be better than average, but he's got some potential to be a nice defensive stopper for a good team.
The NBA "drafts" (i.e., selects) individual players from a pool of eligible applicants. Most NBA gurus describe this year's "draft" as "weak" --- that is, not a lot of high-quality applicants. This view apparently encourages a number of college players who might otherwise stay an extra year or so to apply now. Oladipo might be one such player. He would probably be selected in the draft regardless of when he declared his eligibility, but he thinks he has a chance to go higher this year, given the perception of a weak applicant pool. Good luck to him, and like many here I won't miss him when M next meets the Hoosiers.
The problem is that the "weak draft" perception coupled with the strong run through the NCAA tournament might get some M players (e.g., GRIII, McGary) thinking about declaring their eligibility as well. This is where the accumulated NBA wisdom of "Dad" Hardaway and "Dad" Robinson as well as "brother" Horford might help. Such former and current NBA stars might help convince these kids that another year or two in school could boost their NBA value more than it is currently, with just their one year in college and their appearance in the NCAA championship game.
Just saw on ESPN,
Cody Zeller is leaving.
I don't have enough points to start a new thread. I don't even know if its thread worthy.