Here's a list of my Top 10 draft prospects that are undecided to date, and my prediction of what they will ultimately decide to do:
1 Doug McDermott-OUT-I think the risk of being a second round selection is too high, and he could return and lead the nation in scoring and possibly be the pre-season National POY.
2 Shane Larkin-OUT-He's the 6th PG on my current board (behind Burke, MCW, McCollom, Schroeder, and Kabongo), and just like McDermott he could easily slide into the second round. He would be a pre-season 1st team All-American who could drastically improve his stock (a la Burke) if he carries his team in 13-14.
3 Isaiah Austin-IN-He has all the tools and looks like a first rounder. In this weak draft, I think his range is 20-30, next year he surely falls into the second round unless he develops a stronger post game.
4 Adreian Payne-IN-Can't see his stock improving, and he needs to go while he has some buzz. Plus he's an older junior, so I don't think another year is going to help his stock.
5 Ray McCallum-OUT-Like Larkin, he's on the lower half of my PG board (#9), so he's a for sure second round pick. Not sure if that's enough reason to leave college rather than try to make Detroit the next Butler and elevate his stock.
6 Livio Jean-Charles-IN-Even though he's a grab and stash player at the moment, someone will snag him between 25-35 after his strong performance at the Hoop Summit. His stock and exposure are probably at an all time high.
7 Cory Jefferson-OUT-Very athletic, but probably lands in the bottom half of the second round this year. With Austin and Jackson gone, he'll be the focal point at Baylor with a chance to improve his stock.
8 Andre Roberson-OUT-I once had him pegged as a first rounder, but no longer. Limited offense, but a high level rebounder. If he shows more perimeter offense, his stock could climb into the first round next year.
9 Jarnell Stokes-OUT-Should come back and play for a steadily improving Tennessee team. I think he goes undrafted this year, so no real point in declaring unless he's done with school.
10 Russ Smith-OUT-Should come back and try to run the point a bit for Louisville, and market himself as a combo guard (i.e. Ben Gordon) rather than an undersized shooter. He has much more value at the end of an NBA bench as a combo guard than a 6' chucker.
Russ Smith announced this morning that he's coming back..I felt he should've left..There was a slight chance he could've been drafted based on Louisville's title run..To me he's still an undersized shooting guard that plays out of control and is a poor decision maker....Reminds me of Patrick Beverly....But his return makes Louisville a top 10 team next season..
Adreine Payne should be on your list..He's 1 of the most improved players..Could go in the early 20's to early 2nd round if he came out...
Jarnell Stokes has to be my most disappointed player in the nation..He has a nba body, hits the boards,gets to the foul line...Returning to school to work on his game will move him back into 1st round conversation next year...
If Austin leaves Jefferson will be the team's 1st option,he could do wonders for his stock by having a breakout year next season....
McDermott could go in the mid to late 1st round if he came out..Everyone knows about his shooting,but his post game is underrated..
Larkin really wants to get out of his dad's shadow and make his own name..He wants to leave,but i think people around him are advising him to stay.....
I just saw the news on Russ Smith....good decision.
Adreian Payne is on the list, and I agree with your range on him, 20-35.
I know Larkin wantd to go, but way too risky to be be selected 31-60. He'd be even more in his dad's shadow playing overseas!
I thought Stokes had a great yr individually after a fairly slow start. Look at his rates not his raw averages since he only plays 29 minutes a game. Per 36, pace adjusted he's 16/13, 53% from the floor a 25 PER, scoring 1.45 points per shot. What makes that even more impressive is that he should've been a freshman this past season. I'm most likely in the minority, but if he were to declare, I'd still take him in the first round. He's slightly under-height like an Anthony Bennett, but he's got a big wingspan, a huge frame and unmatched lower body strength. Unlike Anthony Bennett, Stokes is a big who PLAYS big too. For a guy his size, he's got tremendous feet. Moves well laterally and shows good footwork in the post. He's got huge, soft mitts too. Catches anything in his vicinity and is tough to strip.
Zeke Austin should stay... MCcaullum will rise i think. He reminds me of Westbrook so much
I think you're thinking of CJ McCollum, not Ray McCallum. Ray is absolutely nothing like Russell Westbrook.
Ray McCallum is nothing at all like Westbrook not even a tad bit, have you seen him play??? lol
McDermott needs to leave the dude's been BALLIN since he got to Creighton and his stock is always low, IDK if it will improve much more, he may just have to take a chance and fight for an NBA spot, there's really not much more he can prove on the collegiate level, for christ sake he shot 50% from 3 this year lol he cant prove anything else.
its my opinion. O well haha. Godbless yall
i know who CJ is and i know who Ray is