2010 NBA Draft early entry analysis

CBSSports.com staff

Stay in school or go pro? Underclassmen had until 11:59 p.m. ET on April 25 to declare for the 2010 NBA Draft. A total of 80 players initially declared, but 29 pulled out by the NCAA imposed May 8 withdrawal deadline. Commentary provided by CBSSports.com senior writer Gary Parrish.

U.S. underclassmen early entry list  • International

Updated May 16

Underclassmen staying in draft (51 players)
Solomon AlabiFlorida StateSo.C7-1250
Alabi will be picked in the first round not for what he has done as much as for what NBA people think he can do someday.
Cole AldrichKansasJr.C6-11245
It's doubtful Aldrich will ever be an All-Star center. But he'll almost certainly be a rotation player for 10 years.
Al-Farouq AminuWake ForestFr.F6-9215
People are debating whether Aminu is a small forward or power forward instead of recognizing he's a 19 year-old who averaged 16 and 11 in the ACC. Just draft him. You'll figure out how to use him.
James AndersonOklahoma StateJr.G6-6210
Anderson has nice size and an adequate-enough jumper to be a good NBA scoring guard. Any non-lottery team would be lucky to get him.
Luke BabbittNevadaSo.F6-9225
The guess here is that Babbitt's stock increases once individual workouts get going. He's a 6-foot-9 shooter who lacks the hype of Gordon Hayward but could be the better pro.
Armon BassettOhioJr.G6-1180
Bassett isn't good enough to be a problem. But he is a problem. So he'll make a living somewhere other than the NBA.
Eric BledsoeKentuckyFr.G6-1190
Bledsoe was wise to leave after one season. He's a first-round pick and, thus, a millionaire who won't have to worry about being overshadowed by Brandon Knight at UK.
Dee BostMississippi StateSo.G6-2170
Bost entered the draft without a guarantee and said he'd be OK with going overseas. Which is good. Because that's where's he probably headed.
Craig BrackinsIowa StateJr.F6-10230
Brackins' junior season didn't go as planned. But he's still tall and skilled, and he'll make an NBA roster, one way or another.
Avery BradleyTexasFr.G6-3175
Bradley is an undersized shooting guard, but too talented to slip out of the first round. He could be a steal in the mid-20s.
Derrick CaracterUTEPJr.F6-9275
Caracter will never be what some thought he'd be back when he was 14 or 15. But is he good enough to play in the NBA? Yes, I think he is.
DeMarcus CousinsKentuckyFr.F6-11260
Cousins has an NBA body and will make an immediate impact in the league. The only question mark is his attitude. But it's not going to be a question mark that causes him to fall out of the top five.
Jordan CrawfordXavierSo.G6-4195
Crawford's strong NCAA tournament pushed him into the 20-to-40 range. He'll almost certainly make a roster regardless of where he's picked.
Ed DavisNorth CarolinaSo.F6-10250
I'm not telling you it's smart to use a lottery pick on a sophomore who has never dominated in college. I'm just telling you somebody is going to do it.
Devin EbanksWest VirginiaSo.F6-9215
Ebanks can defend at the NBA level right now. That alone probably makes him worth a first-round pick (though there's a "knucklehead factor" that must be considered).
Derrick FavorsGeorgia TechFr.F6-10246
All the physical tools are in place with Favors, and there's no real ceiling on what he can become. That's why he'll go as high as No. 2 and no worse than No. 4.
Courtney FortsonArkansasSo.G5-11180
Fortson is perfect for the NBA team in need of a tiny point guard who's been suspended like 500 times in two years of college.
Tiny GallonOklahomaFr.F6-9300
Allegations of a connection to an agent basically pushed Gallon out of Oklahoma even though he could easily go undrafted.
Charles GarciaSeattleJr.F6-9220
Garcia is an intriguing prospect who had done all he could do at Seattle. It's unclear if he'll make a roster, but it's time to find out.
Paul GeorgeFresno StateSo.G/F6-8210
George is an explosive athlete who could go in the first round based on -- you guessed it! -- his upside.
Manny HarrisMichiganJr.G6-5185
Harris is either leaving a year too late or a year too early. Either way, this isn't the time.
Gordon HaywardButlerSo.G/F6-8200
Hayward's stock probably peaked thanks to a nice NCAA tournament. He'll go as high as 10 and no lower than 20. That means he made the right decision to leave Butler after two seasons.
Xavier HenryKansasFr.G6-6220
Henry was always going to be a one-and-done player. The only surprise is that he's a one-and-done player who lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Darington HobsonNew MexicoJr.G/F6-7205
Hobson could fall into the second round, but he'll almost certainly make an NBA roster. He's versatile and productive enough to help somebody.
Armon JohnsonNevadaJr.G6-3195
Ramon Sessions is one Nevada guard who was drafted in the second round and made it in the NBA. Johnson could be another.
Wesley JohnsonSyracuseJr.F6-7198
Johnson proved to be an elite talent in one season at Syracuse. He could go in the top five and probably can't slip much below that.
Dominique JonesSouth FloridaJr.G6-4205
Three more inches and Jones might be a lottery pick. Still, he's talented enough to go in the second round and earn a contract the unconventional way.
Mac KoshwalDePaulJr.F/C6-10255
Can you really blame somebody for leaving DePaul after three years and all those losses?
Sylven LandesbergVirginiaSo.G6-6-207
Landesberg missed the end of the season for what was described as academic reasons. So he has essentially been pushed into this draft, for better or worse.
Gani LawalGeorgia TechJr.F6-9234
Lawal isn't a lock to go in the first round. But he's long and athletic and only 20 years old. Somebody will take him and be patient.
Tommy Mason-GriffinOklahomaFr.G5-11203
It's not always necessary to be "ready" for the NBA; sometimes you just have to be ready to be drafted. Alas, Mason-Griffin is neither. That's not good.
Elijah MillsapUABJr.G6-6218
Millsap is the brother of Jazz standout Paul Millsap. That won't help him get drafted, of course. But it's a decent conversation-starter.
Greg MonroeGeorgetownSo.C6-11250
Nearly every mock draft has Ed Davis ahead of Greg Monroe, but I think that's backwards. I'd take Monroe over Davis and ahead of all but about five or six prospects.
A.J. OgilvyVanderbiltJr.C6-11250
Ogilvy might play in the NBA. More likely he'll have a lucrative career playing outside of this country.
Daniel OrtonKentuckyFr.F6-10255
Some people think Orton was stupid to leave after barely playing at UK. But he might be picked in the lottery and sign for millions, and I'm not sure how that translates to stupid.
Patrick PattersonKentuckyJr.F6-9235
Patterson is equipped to immediately move into a rotation. He doesn't have the upside of some of his UK teammates, but he's one of the safest picks in this draft.
Larry SandersVCUJr.F6-11235
Sanders looked like a pro at the LeBron James Skills Academy last summer. This summer, he'll become a pro (likely as a first-round pick).
Samardo SamuelsLouisvilleSo.F6-9260
Samuels was once considered the best prospect in his high school class. So was Josh McRoberts. I'll let you can make the connection.
John SloanHuntingdon (Ala.)Jr.G5-11175
Sloan wouldn't be selected in a 298,000-round draft. But he told me he saw no reason not to declare once he knew he was quitting basketball anyway. So he declared. And now he's planning a draft party.
Lance StephensonCincinnatiFr.F6-5210
Stephenson was a better NBA prospect as a high school freshman than he is now. I suspect he'll be disappointed on draft night, though he's still gifted enough to play in the NBA someday.
Evan TurnerOhio StateJr.G/F6-7205
Turner's decision to return to OSU for a third year paid off. He'll likely go second, behind only John Wall.
Lazar TrifunovicRadfordJr.F6-8225
Trifunovic was a pretty good Big South player. But only great/once-in-a-decade Big South players end up in the NBA.
Ekpe UdohBaylorJr.F/C6-10240
Udoh went from a mostly unknown transfer to a lottery pick thanks to his ability to blocks shots and rebound. He won't score a bunch, but I like him.
John WallKentuckyFr.G6-4195
Wall was forever supposed to be the first pick in this draft, and that's exactly what he'll be. And then he'll be an All-Star inside of three years.
Willie WarrenOklahomaSo.G6-4200
Warren will be drafted somewhere. But he would've been a lottery pick last year, and he's certainly not that now.
C.J. WebsterSan Jose StateJr.F6-9255
Webster decided it's time to make money somewhere playing basketball because he's the father of a newborn. He won't make NBA money. But he'll earn a paycheck at some level.
Terrico WhiteMississippiSo.G6-5213
White is an incredible specimen and top-tier athlete. The only concern is the way he disappears and defers. Somebody will take him based on nothing more than his physical tools.
Hassan WhitesideMarshallFr.F6-11215
Whiteside's reputation might cause him to slip, but he's an awesome talent. Could be a bust. Could be an All-Star. I'd be willing to roll the dice anywhere outside of the top 10.
Elliot WilliamsMemphisSo.G6-4180
Williams can't drive right, shoot it well or play the point the way some would like to think. But he's an athletic combo guard who can score, and that'll get him on a roster.
Stevy Worah-OzimoSlippery RockJr.F6-10 
If Worah-Ozimo was an NBA player, you would've likely heard from him. He's not, so you haven't.
Jahmar YoungNew Mexico StateJr.G6-5180
Williams can't drive right, shoot it well or play the point the way some would like to think. But he's an athletic combo guard who can score, and that'll get him on a roster.

Underclassmen who declared and withdrew (29 players)
Lavoy AllenTempleJr.F6-9225
Kevin AndersonRichmondJr.G6-0170
Talor BattlePenn StateJr.G6-0170
Keith BensonOaklandJr.G6-11225
Anatoly BoseNicholls StateJr.G/F6-6200
Carlon BrownUtahJr.G6-5205
Mike DavisIllinoisJr.F6-9210
Paul DavisWinston-Salem StateJr.F6-9195
Malcolm DelaneyVirginia TechJr.G6-3170
Kenneth FariedMorehead StateJr.F6-8225
Jimmer FredetteBYUJr.G6-2195
Anthony GurleyMassachusettsJr.G6-3185
Jeremy HazellSeton HallJr.G6-5185
Adnan HodzicLipscombJr.C6-9255
JaJuan JohnsonPurdueJr.F/C6-10215
Ravern JohnsonMississippi StateJr.G6-7175
Cameron JonesNorthern ArizonaJr.G6-4180
Kenny LawsonCreightonJr.C6-9250
Demetri McCameyIllinoisJr.G6-3205
E'Twaun MoorePurdueJr.G6-4184
Arnett MoultrieUTEPSo.F6-11225
Rico PickettManahattanJr.G6-4185
Eniel PolyniceMississippiJr.G6-5220
Herb PopeSeton HallJr.F6-8235
Jeff RobinsonSeton HallSo.F6-5230
Tracy SmithNorth Carolina StateJr.F6-8240
Alex TyusFloridaJr.F6-8220
Quinton Watkins  G6-3175
Chris WrightDaytonJr.F6-8226


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