wassup!.... and draft question
Easy now people!
Been hooked on this site for a while now, but only just started posting.
I live in England atm, where basketball competes with bath running and hand-puppetry for popluarity and media coverage. Admittedly, it doesnt help when Lulu Deng, the flagbearer for English basketball, has about as much personality as Al Gore's mormon cousin.
But anyway, whatup, and onto something ive been wondering:
Last year Damion James started off in the mid-to-late lottery, but as the year went on his stock dropped like it was hot. So when summer came he bought a jumpshot and returned for his senior year, and as it stands, it was a very good decision.
My Q is: in recent memory, whos decision to return to school would you consider the best in terms of improving stock?
Evan Turner I'd say is the most recent case, even more so than Damion James. Last year he was projected probably a late lottery pick, and now he's a virtual lock for the top 2 and possibly overtaking John Wall at 1. If that isn't a great choice and example then I don't know what is.
Another player who had a breakout year like Turner was Blake Griffin. He was a projected lottery pick after his freshman year, then came back for his sophomore year, completely dominated and became the consensus player of the year in college basketball and number 1 pick in the draft.
Also it's Luol Deng, not Lulu haha
I think Evan Turner is the obvious choice most recently, but if I wanted to take a step on the wild side, I'd say Ty Lawson. If anyone remembers, Lawson declared as a Sophomore. He worked out for teams, who told him to get his shooting percentages up and work on his defense. On top of that, he was arrested for drinking and driving and he missed a whole workout that was scheduled for the Denver Nuggets (ironic). He came back to what ended up being the best team in the country and the National Champs, and was a top 20 pick instead of a late 1st round/early 2nd round pick that most thought he'd be before his Junior year.
daryry: yeah Turner is an obvious example, reason why im feeling James is because he actually HURT his stock, before returning and climbing back up the ladder as opposed to Turner who simply (lol, hardly simple) came back much improved. Not that im saying James's decision was better than Turner's, ET has done wonders to his stock.
And i know its Luol ;)
Iggy: Not so obvious but good shout, didnt realise he missed a workout for Denver lol. Bet they glad they stuck with him
Omar welcome to the site...
Some corrections: Griffin was going top 5 even after fresman year (2008 draft). He would have gone before Love, trust me. But made a great decision to return. Most guys that talented get pushed in by an agent fearing they will lose the player if they don't.
Also - Iggy, not so ironic since Denver was strongly considering taking Lawson at 20 the year before but decided to trade the pick and let him return and work on his game. Worked out for both parties in the end. Lawson got a title and polished his game, Denver still got the guy they coveted.
That's what I meant. It was ironic, because he missed a workout for the team he was drafted (traded) to, and currently now plays for.