Michigan State duo still mulling whether to enter NBA Draft
The decisions of Gary Harris and Adreian Payne could create or crumble a championships contender.
Michigan State could be ranked second in the preseason and picked to win the Big Ten. Or the Spartans might be a borderline top 20 team down three of its top four scorers.
Everything comes down to Gary Harris and Adreian Payne.
What will they do?
Their decisions about whether to enter the NBA Draft or return to school are important to Michigan State specifically and the nation in general because those developments genuinely could create or crumble a contender. Sources told CBSSports.com it remains unclear, at the moment, how things will go. But, the sources said, Harris is "definitely leaning" toward returning to school while Payne remains "50-50" or "up in the air."
Harris, a freshman, averaged 12.9 points this season. He would project as a lottery pick if he entered the draft. Payne, a junior, averaged 10.5 points and 7.6 rebounds this season. He would project as a borderline first-round pick if he entered the draft.
Underclassmen have until April 28 to make a final decision.
Buddy Boeheim was so impressive at Peach Jam that Gonzaga offered; others showing interest
The truths and myths about the push for 2018's No. 1 recruit to play college hoops a year...
Here are the under-the-radar players who will have breakout seasons in 2017-18
Duke coach says sometimes troubled guard played hurt last season, adding, 'I'm really proud...
Michigan, Marquette, California, LSU and VCU are also in the 34th annual field
The expected rise of Missouri figures to be a storyline once they start playing for real