Herb Pope says he's departing Seton Hall
Seton Hall forward Herb Pope will declare for the NBA draft, the player said in an e-mail sent to family advisor Tony Pullen.
"After careful consideration of my options, and considering the needs of my family in Pittsburgh and a desire to compete at the next level, I have decided to enter the 2010 NBA draft," Pope wrote in a statement attached to the e-mail. "While I will continue to attend class at Seton Hall, allowing me the option of 'testing the waters,' I am 110 percent committed at this time to staying in this draft.
"I have room to improve, but I am confident that I will perform well in on-site workouts."
A transfer from New Mexico State, Pope had a strong sophomore season at Seton Hall, averaging 11.7 points and 10.7 rebounds.
"He's the best rebounder in the country," one NBA general manager GM told ESPN.com earlier in the year. "He's the DeJuan Blair of this year's draft."
I had a feeling he would enter because of the whole mess with Bobby Gonzalez. I think he will definitely be taken in the 2nd round. Though, he could definitely use another year of college, but this is definitely in part what happened to Bobby Gonzalez as well as the whole potential lockout.
How is leaving because of a potential lockout benefit a guy who will likely be playing in the D-League or Europe by 2011?
Look, middling prospects leave for the pros early all the time. Were Dar Tucker and Brandon Costner really hoping to get a jump on the work stoppage? What about Davon Jefferson and Jamont Gordon? By the quote, it sounds as if Pope needs to help his family out and make some money. Good luck to him with it, and if that is the case I can't fault him for going. The labor situation really doesn't play a role with him. All that says is if he goes undrafted or gets cut as a second round pick that he would probably rather go to Turkey to make more than $500 per week unaffiliated rookies get in the NBDL.
These guys all want that trajan langdon money.
He's a D-Leaguer for sure. I doubt he gets picked with all his baggage. He's not really talented enough to make up for being a knuckle-head.