Mack, Gillenwater, and Sampson to stay in draft
http://blogs.indystar.com/butler/2011/05/08/mack-leaving-for-nba/ He said he decided Saturday night to go pro and slept on it overnight. Today is college players’ deadline to declare their intentions. “I think it’s a good time for me personally to go after my dreams,” Mack said in a phone interview from his home in Lexington, Ky., where he is with his mother on Mother’s Day. Mack is the second Bulldogs player in as many years to leave school early. Gordon Hayward left after his sophomore season and became Butler’s first NBA player in more than a half-century. Butler has played in the past two NCAA Tournament championship games. Mack’s departure will leave the Bulldogs with a significant rebuilding project. They had previously lost five seniors, including starters Matt Howard and Shawn Vanzant. Butler is set to start next season with 11 scholarship players, two less than the maximum allowed. Mack said he and Pittsburgh’s Ashton Gibbs worked out in Oklahoma City on Thursday for the NBA’s Thunder. Gibbs decided to stay in college. Mack said he considered a “worst-case scenario,” which would be to go undrafted. Only first-round picks receive guaranteed contracts. Projections on him vary from late in the first round to the second round. Complicating matters is labor strife and possibility of an NBA lockout. He said he would be “OK with that” if he is not drafted at all. “I can’t worry about the end result,” Mack said. “All I can do is work hard and get in the best shape.” Mack was the Horizon League’s preseason player of the year but endured such an uneven start that he did not make the all-league first team. He averaged 16.0 points and shot 35.4 percent on 3-pointers. He averaged 20.3 points during the NCAA Tournament, including games of 30 and 27 points. He was the outstanding player of the Southeast Regional and made the Final Four all-tournament team. He sank 23 3s in the tournament, equaling the event’s fourth-highest total. Mack is Butler’s all-time NCAA Tournament scoring leader with 232 points in 13 games (17.8). He finished 11th on Butler’s all-time list with 1,527 points, fourth in 3-pointers with 216 and fifth in assists with 357. The NBA draft combine is May 18-22 and the draft June 23. Mack was on a college select team last summer that played against pros preparing for the World Basketball Championship. Some of those pros suggested to Mack that he, too, was ready for the next step. Mack indicated that going against players such as league MVP Derrick Rose influenced his decision to try to join the others in the NBA. http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-sports/ci_18018308 LAS CRUCES - New Mexico State forward Troy Gillenwater will not return for his senior season with the Aggies. On Sunday, the deadline for NCAA underclassmen to withdraw their names from the NBA Draft pool and return to school, Aggies head coach Marvin Menzies said the redshirt junior power forward will keep his name in the NBA Draft. "There was some back-and-forth but eventually it was the financial needs of his family," Menzies said. http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_18017470?nclick_check=1 The Gophers men's basketball team is preparing to move ahead without junior center Ralph Sampson III, who has declared for June's NBA draft and has until today to withdraw and return to school but is expected to leave. Meanwhile, the Gophers are recruiting North Carolina 6-8 senior prep Jared Guest, who will visit soon.
No way Sampson gets drafted, maybe Gillenwater gets nabbed in the late second. Mack's decision didnt surprise me but the Sampson and Gillenwater's did.
Being from MN, I've watched Sampson play a number of times. I can't really see him making an impact in the NBA. Obviously you can't teach size, and he is a legit 7 footer (or close to it). But he just doesn't operate at the level of a legit NBA big- he's not strong; he will get his @$$ kicked by stronger centers like Kendrick Perkins or even DeJuan Blair. His skills are OK, but I don't think they're at an NBA level. Because this is such a weak draft, though, he may possibly sneak in the end of the 2nd round with good workouts. I can see him making an impact in Europe though.
I dont see Mack lasting past the lakers they need a replacement for Fisher and why not bring in a guy who plays similar to a young derek fisher.
Mack will more than likely get picked and could develop into a solid 2nd or 3rd PG, but the rest of these guys will likely be Summer League invitees who go undrafted.
as an alum (well...soon) of the other team that tied for the Horizon League title, it'll be reeeeeeeally nice not seeing Mack, Matt Howard or Norris Cole in the conference next year!
I find it funny that Sampson entered. He has no chance at getting picked, he wasn't even very good at Minnesota and it's not like he is a great athlete or lockdown defender. If anything, he needed his senior year to possibly go late 2nd.
Wow, not once did I watch a Minnesota game and thought they had any legit NBA prospects, including the Williams kid who was suppose to be a top 5 pick this year according to some. Sampson's decision to even enter shocked me. Did he even make Big Ten honorable mention??
Rodney Williams sucks, he is just super athletic.
Sampson is a ok Big 10 center at this point and that is it. It is hilarious that he entered this year.
^nbanflguy said it pretty well. He was nothing special in the Big 10 so why would he be any good in the NBA. He has nothing that translates except his size.
"Wow, not once did I watch a Minnesota game and thought they had any legit NBA prospects,"
You lose a ton of credentials if you watched Minnesota and did not notice Trevor Mbakwe.
My bad 4got about him... He's good, I see him fitting into a nice role at the next level.
"Wow, not once did I watch a Minnesota game and thought they had any legit NBA prospects,"
Yeah and you also lose credibility if you watched a gophers game and didnt notice Allen Iverson's brother Colton.
Johnson Will Return For Senior Season
Story Created: May 8, 2011 at 11:55 PM PDT
Story Updated: May 8, 2011 at 11:55 PM PDT
After debating on whether or not to enter the NBA draft, Orlando Johnson ultimately decided to return to UCSB for his senior season.
This past weekend Johnson attended a workout in New Jersey along with several other prospects and while playing well Johnson ultimately decided to come back to school to finish his degree.
Johnson led the Gauchos to back-to-back Big West Conference titles and two straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Big change: Maturi expects Ralph Sampson III to stay in school
It looks like Ralph Sampson III has had a change of heart.
Athletic director Joel Maturi said he expects the 6-11 junior center to play for the Gophers next season, just days after many seemed convinced that he would keep his name in the NBA draft.
"I expect Ralph to be here next year," Maturi said via text.
DeWayne Jackson, who coached Sampson when he was a member of the Atlanta Celtics AAU program, confirmed that Sampson has decided to stay in school.
"He is pulling his name out of the draft," Jackson said Monday. "It’s 100 percent a done deal."
As late as Sunday evening, some folks close to Sampson believed he planned to stay in the NBA draft pool and leave school to pursue a professional future.
Another former AAU coach, Norman Parker, said Sampson had decided to go pro because he "feels like it's his time." But his uncle, Alan Dial, didn't sound so sure.
He cast doubt on the notion Sunday night when he told me to "check my sources."
Throughout the entire process, which included workouts with reputable NBA trainer Tim Grover in Chicago, Sampson and his family stayed quiet as he mulled his decision.
Sunday was the deadline for players without agents to withdraw from the draft and preserve their collegiate eligibility.
Next season, Sampson and all-Big Ten second-teamer Trevor Mbakwe will form one of the most experienced and talented frontcourts in a Big Ten with a multitude of youngsters playing in the paint
First, Carleton Scott took to his Twitter account Sunday morning and sent out his good Mother's Day wishes. Then the Notre Dame forward, with a deadline to decide on his basketball future just hours away, set a more somber tone in his very next post.
"Big day today. Toughest decision of my life thus far. Lord please guide me," Scott wrote.
The Lord apparently does work in mysterious ways. Because Scott has elected to remain in the NBA draft pool and skip his final season at Notre Dame, the school announced Sunday night, despite appearing in no one's current two-round mock drafts and failing to crack ESPN's top 100 prospects list.
After Scott participated in a workout with other draft hopefuls in New Jersey on Saturday, the 6-foot-8-inch forward and Irish coach Mike Brey met Sunday evening to discuss the decision, with the 11:59 p.m. ET deadline to withdraw from the draft looming.
Scott apparently was torn even then. He was leaning toward keeping his name in the Draft but wound up taking more time after the sit-down with Brey to contemplate the choice, according to a source with knowledge of the process.
Brey and Scott will discuss the decision at a Monday afternoon press conference.
Scott averaged 11.2 points and 7.4 rebounds during the 2010-11 season for the Irish, and his athleticism, explosiveness and condor-like wingspan certainly could translate well into the professional ranks.
At the New Jersey combine Saturday, Scott hit open shots, rebounded and didn't try to do too much, according to a source present at the workout – essentially proving he had talent but not necessarily proving worthy of a slot in the draft.
It's a stinging blow to Notre Dame for 2011-12, as Scott was expected to not only be a major on-court contributor but also continue his role as one of the team's vocal leaders. His rebounding and defense were beyond critical to the stellar run last season; the Irish were 2-2 without him and 25-5 with him.
The Irish now return just four of the top seven rotation players and just two starters for 2011-12.
So is Sampson in or out?
Apparently the people at Minnesota are still unsure.
Gillenwater benefits tremendously by coming out this year...theres no way he gets drafted in a strong draft but since this draft is hilariously bad, he has a good shot of being picked