Potential returning sophomores
These are players who I think may or may not be returning for their sophomore year of college.
Glenn Robinson III- GR3 is a player that I actually hope comes back even though he is a projected lottery pick. If Michigan gets bounced out early I expect him to return for another year in Ann Arbor.
Isaiah Austin- He was rated a top five prospect coming into college but as we've all noticed, the dude is mad skinny. His stock has dropped into the late first round, another year of college playing time and not bench riding is the smart move even though the 2014 draft looks DEEP.
Archie Goodwin- This one is hard for me, he shows flashes of D-Wade and then there's times where you think WTH is he doing?!? With both guard positions being deep for Kentucky next year Goodwin returning is less than 5%
Leaving early with hot tournament
Kyle Anderson- Recently his father said he believes that his son will return. Kyle has actually been putting up some nice numbers since conference play started, he is almost out rebounding both the Wear brothers and he is picking better shots.
Jordan Adams- I would love nothing more than both Adams and Anderson to go back to UCLA next year but a deep runs into the tournament have often led to kids making a decision to split for the NBA (Tyrus Thomas)
Arizona- All three of their big men have almost been taking the back seat to Zona's guards this season, next year I expect two of them to step up mainly Tarczewski and Ashley
Alex Poythress- This dude has Terrence Jones syndrom, he checks out of games mentally plain and simple. I'm not sure if even just more year will help, he might be a three to four year guy.
Cameron Ridley and Steven Adams- Remember these guys were top 10 high school player? Haven't seen much out of either one, they are both locks to return to their college campus.
Please share! Also I would love to hear what you guys were expecting out of each one of these guys coming into the season.
Jerami Grant will definitely be returning for the Orange. I'm expecting big things from him next year. He looked great when Southerland was suspended.
DeJuan Coleman will definitely be returning as well. He hasn't looked very good so far with Syracuse, but if he just broke that habit of taking a dribble before going up to dunk/lay it in, he could be averaging at least 8-10 points a game right now. I think he'll come back much better next year.
I forgot about those boys at Cuse. Every time I've seen Grant play I've really liked him, when they played against ND (his brothers team) I recall him having a pretty good game.
As far as Coleman, I wanted him and Christmas to be great together sooo bad. Just hasn't happened....yet!
Jordan Adams is returning.
I hope so, he has been a nice surprise this season and I really like how he has handled playing with Shabazz
I agree with the dunks jordans, Zeke Austin should come back, but someone could take a chance on him in the top 20. Kyle, im curious why Howland said hes gonna run the point next year, My youngbul Rysheed Jordan is leaning toward UCLA so im sure he will start, and Zach Levine is gonna be really good. He has allot of Austin Rivers in his game. Kyle could come back, but if he has a good tourney he'll prolly leave and play the 3 in the NBA. Hes a boris diaw type. Goodwin NEEDS to come back, but he wont because of he Harrison twins, who will both start in the BC from day one. Idk what Ry Harrow gonna do
Harrow would be a junior right now if he didn't transfer, the smartest thing for him to do might be to just get a degree then enter the NBA draft. Worst case he'll back up everyone next year, potentially get a championship, a college degree, then go to the NBDL.
Harrow might be in the toughest situation of any player in cbb. If he stays his minutes are going to drop substantially, if he leaves he'll be a second rounder most likely. If Kentucky were to somehow sneak into the tournament and upset a 5 or 6 seed in the first round, Harrow should probably consider leaving. His stock is only going to drop going forward, and being a second rounder is better than potentially going undrafted.
Why would he even be taken in the 2nd round? What NBA qualities does he have?
Reputation and notoriety for playing under Cal. He came in last year and performed well in practice, and got the better of Marquis Teague regularly in practice and drills. Teague would have been a second rounder had he played for almost anyone else, and Harrow doesn't deserve to be picked either. But, if he has a decent game on the big stage against a higher ranked team I guarantee he gets picked in the second. He actually does have some noteworthy talent, good midrange floater, decent outside shooter, shoots free throws well and gets in the lane fairly well. He just doesn't have the mental toughness or physical ability to ever make a career for himself in the League.
Sam Dekker will return to the Badgers, and they need him too.
i hope gary harris returns... state would have a legit title contending team if he returns
Payne and Dawson need to come back as well. I think they'll be alright whether or not Appling comes back. Appling isn't a great facilitator. I think either Trice or Valentine can do the job. Even Harris can slide over to the point.
i like mitch mcgary next year or maybe a three year guy. he is almost certainly staying which he should but it seems like he went from a dear in the head lights to a guy who is starting to figure out what to do. he has a lot of talent with size and athleticism. he could be good once the light in his head turns on.
If Gary Harris stays, I could see him being a Top 10 pick next year
I would strongly consider it.
Great shooter, great defender, great athlete, with some of the greatest intangibles I've ever seen. When you watch this kid play, you don't see a freshman.
Leaders gonna lead.
I'm really pulling for Kyle Anderson to return because if he does, he's going to put up monster numbers next year. Anderson could easily go for 17, 12, and 5 with a block and a steal next year. Last year I had this feeling with Quincy Miller, I believe had Miller returned to Baylor he'd be a NPOY candidate by this time.
I really like Steve Adams. Like Khem Bhirch, he may be getting minutes but he's really not getting opportunities to show his stuff at Pitt. Adams in only 23 mpg is still putting up 7ppg, 6rpg, and 2bpg. If Adams was getting 30mpg he'd most likely be putting up 10, 8, and 3 bpg which are really good numbers for a freshman big.
Has anybody heard anything new on Ricky Ledo? My guess is that he declares this year because it's a weaker class and get's drafted in the end of the first round based on potential.
I can see GR3 returning. His game and production has slipped since conference play, but for some reason his stock hasn't on this site's mock. He'll get more work next yr as a featured player which is something he really needs so he can showcase his ability to score in more ways than just transition and garbage buckets. I also think he needs to come back so he can play more of his natural position at the 3.
Sure he's posting great numbers since he's been back, but it may not be enough for an NBA team to take a chance on him and plus he wont be in the tourney which may hurt him even more.
One thing, he def was talking about freshman and Myck is a soph but I understand what you meant.
And yes a GM will certainly take a chance on Myck, I'm not sure what you meant by that comment, do you think he has a chance of going undrafted or slipping out of the 1st round? I can ensure you that he will be a first round pick because of his play recently, remember even Corey Joseph ended up a 1st rounder and he's nowhere near as talented as Myck is.
Myck's recent play is especially enticing because he's been viewed as this Rondo type PG who has trouble scoring, but is a deft playmaker. Since he's been scoring out of his mind lately he's def shook that label. I think Myck Kabongo is a lotto talent, who will sneak into the lottery by the end of the year, but like you said he's not allowed to play in the Tourney which is dumb and the reason he will leave. The NCAA has done him dirty, it's time to him to get out of dodge, and he's more then talented enough to become a top 15 pick especially after a strong combine.
Even if the Lakers manage to squeeze into the playoffs, they'll have a mid-first round pick, and they should be taking a LONG look at Kabongo; the dude is everything they want in a PG: a willing passer, excellent athlete and YOUNG!
Glad, Happy that "Adams" is returning. In a lot of the games he put up bigger numbers than "Bazz" especially when it was needed in hard games. He brought them through many times, and was the most complete, legit player. He will be a lottery pick for 2014. Anderson is better than from the beginning, but still needs some more time to develope. Both together will work well for the team. UCLA needs a big strong 7 footer who can help "Parker" out when he needs a rest. "Parker" game is stepping up after the injury. I hope "Tony Parker" stays.