2011 NBA Draft early entry analysis

CBSSports.com staff

Stay in school or go pro? Underclassmen had until 11:59 p.m. ET on April 24 to declare for the 2011 NBA Draft. A total of 69 players initially declared, but 25 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 12

Underclassmen who've declared for NBA Draft (official)
Alec BurksColoradoSo.G6-6185
Burks is a capable of creating his own scoring opportunities at the NBA level, and he has legitimate size for a wing. That's why he'll be a lottery pick.
Jacob BlankenshipSoutheastern (Fla.)Jr.F/C6-9
I have never seen this person play, and there's a better-than-good chance you'll never see him play unless you happen to pop into the YMCA near wherever it is Blankenship lives.
DeAngelo CastoWashington StateJr.F6-8255
Real-life issues -- he has an infant son -- pushed Casto into the draft, and I'm OK with that. It's unlikely he'll be in the NBA next season, but he can and will earn a paycheck playing basketball somewhere.
Roscoe DavisMidland JC (Texas)Fr.F6-10205
I'm sure Davis has a reason for declaring for the NBA Draft, but I couldn't say for sure. I hope it's not to get drafted, though, because that's not happening.
Mamadou DiarraChaminade (Hi.)Jr.C7-0235
Diarra is probably one of the top 10 centers in this draft, but so is Josh Harrellson, and Harrellson is better. So you get the point.
Troy GillenwaterNew Mexico StateJr.F6-8234
Gillenwater is reportedly leaving school early because of financial needs for his family. He probably won't earn an NBA paycheck, but, like Casto, somebody somewhere will pay him to put a ball in a basket.
Jeremy GreenStanfordJr.G6-4198
I'm not sure why Green would want to leave Stanford to more than likely go undrafted, but that's precisely what he did.
Jordan HamiltonTexasSo.G/F6-7220
Hamilton elevated his stock with a solid sophomore season. He'll be a borderline lottery pick and rightfully so.
Tobias HarrisTennesseeFr.F6-8210
Harris has an NBA body, and by all accounts he's a hard worker with no bad habits. He shouldn't get out of the lottery.
Tyler HoneycuttUCLASo.F6-7195
Honeycutt is an intriguing prospect with good size for a small forward. He's skinny, sure. But that won't keep somebody from taking him in the first round.
Scotty HopsonTennesseeJr.G6-7205
Hopson had star potential at Tennessee, but he never tapped into it. There's no reason to think he will now.
Kyrie IrvingDukeFr.G6-2180
Irving is more of a pure point guard than Derrick Rose or John Wall, but not quite the athlete. Still, in a weak draft, the one-and-done product from Duke is the obvious first pick and a projected future All-Star.
Reggie JacksonBoston CollegeJr.G6-3208
Jackson is one of many who should benefit from this weak draft. He'll probably go in the first round and get guaranteed money.
Terrence JenningsLouisvilleJr.F6-9220
If you're going to have a questionable work ethic, you'd better at least be awesome. Jennings is not. So he's a second-round pick at best.
Cory JosephTexasFr.G6-3185
Joseph has been impressive in early workouts. The guess here is that he'll be selected in the second round and receive a guaranteed contract from somebody.
Enes KanterKentuckyFr.F6-11260
Kanter hasn't played competitive basketball in well over a year, but he's still a top 10 pick based on his reputation and potential.
Ryan KellyColoradoSo.G6-5
The Ryan Kelly from Duke doesn't belong in the NBA Draft, and he's much better than this Ryan Kelly.
Dan KelmViterbo (Wisc.)So.G6-0
Irrelevant prospect.
Brandon KnightKentuckyFr.G6-3185
Knight should be the second point guard selected. That'll get him in the top 10.
Malcolm LeeUCLAJr.G6-5180
Lee has NBA potential, and he'll get picked somewhere. But this is a situation where the rush to leave school doesn't make much sense.
Kawhi LeonardSan Diego StateSo.F6-7225
Leonard went from an unheralded recruit to a lottery pick in a span of two years. He's wise to cash in now.
Travis LeslieGeorgiaJr.G6-4202
Leslie is undersized shooting guard who can't really shoot. But he's so athletic that somebody will take him late in the first round.
DeAndre LigginsKentuckyJr.G6-6210
Liggins is taking advantage of a weak draft and getting out of Kentucky before a stellar recruiting class makes him vulnerable to sliced minutes. The decision makes sense for both of those reasons.
Shelvin MackButlerJr.G6-3215
Mack helped Butler make back-to-back title games. He's not a lock for the first round, but he was going to be an undersized combo guard whether he turned pro this year or next year.
Keishawn MayesCampbellJr.F6-7225
Mayes averaged 10 minutes per game at Campbell last season. That suggests he's not very good.
Darius MorrisMichiganSo.G6-4190
Morris could've possibly benefitted from another year at Michigan, and Michigan would've definitely benefitted. But when you go from a nobody to a likely first-round pick in about five months, the wise move typically involves turning pro.
Marcus MorrisKansasJr.F6-10235
Once upon a time, Marcus was considered the best NBA prospect in his family by a wide margin. Now it's up for debate.
Markieff MorrisKansasJr.F6-10245
A nice junior season at KU turned the "other" Morris Twin into a possible lottery pick.
Willie ReedSaint LouisSo.F6-9220
Reed didn't play last season because of off-the-court issues at Saint Louis. He's likely to go undrafted.
Jereme RichmondIllinoisFr.G/F6-7205
Richmond will be a nice "upside" pick for somebody. He's not NBA ready, but he's a compelling prospect.
Carleton ScottNotre DameSr.F6-7217
Scott remaining in the draft is a questionable decision -- particularly considering he probably won't be picked.
Josh SelbyKansasFr.G6-2185
Selby did nothing to help himself at KU, but somebody will still pick him based on potential.
Iman ShumpertGeorgia TechJr.G6-5210
Shumpert has long been an intriguing prospect but never been a great college player. He's a late second-round pick, at best.
Chris SingletonFlorida StateJr.F6-9225
Singleton already defends at an NBA level. That's enough to make him a lottery pick (or at least it should be).
Greg SmithFresno StateSo.F6-10250
Smith could be a project in the NBA, somebody who starts as nothing but becomes something. But he's headed for the NBDL if he remains in this country.
Isaiah ThomasWashingtonJr.G5-9185
If Aaron Brooks can play in the NBA, why not Thomas? His decision is tough for Washington basketball, but not crazy if the goal is to get paid.
Trey ThompkinsGeorgiaJr.F6-9245
Thompkins has NBA size, and his versatility will get him guaranteed money from some franchise.
Klay ThompsonWashington StateJr.G6-6202
Thompson's late-season arrest didn't help things. But it didn't hurt him enough to knock him out of the first round.
Tristan ThompsonTexasFr.F6-9230
Thompson is a tough, athletic and versatile forward. He could've used another year at Texas to develop, sure. But he'll be picked in the lottery on potential alone.
Nikola VucevicUSCJr.F6-10240
Vucevic has an NBA body to go with an NBA skill set. The prediction here is that he goes lower than he should and makes a franchise happy.
Kemba WalkerConnecticutJr.G6-1170
Walker, after winning a national title and graduating, had nothing significant left to accomplish in college. So he turned pro early, and now he'll be a top 10 pick.
Antoine WatsonFIUSr.G6-4200
This is the name of a person you probably haven't heard of and probably will never hear of again.
Derrick WilliamsArizonaSo.F6-8240
Williams stocked soared while he led Arizona to the Elite Eight. He could and should go as high as second, perhaps No. 1 overall.
Jordan WilliamsMarylandSo.F6-10260
Williams has dropped weight and redesigned his body since the end of the season. He's now likely to go in the first round because he's a true post who can rebound.
Underclassmen who declared and withdrew (25 players)
Olu AshaoluLouisiana TechJr.F6-7228
Keion BellPepperdineJr.G6-3200
Laurence BowersMissouriJr.F6-8210
TyShwan EdmondsonAustin PeayJr.G6-4175
Kim EnglishMissouriJr.G6-6200
Ashton GibbsPittsburghJr.G6-2195
Desmond HollowayCoastal CarolinaJr.G6-3167
Tu HollowayXavierJr.G6-0185
Orlando JohnsonUCSBJr.G6-5205
Reggie JohnsonMiami (Fla.)So.C6-10303
Tiondre JohnsonCoastal Bend JC (Texas)So.G6-6
Kevin JonesWest VirginiaJr.F6-8260
Terrence JonesKentuckyFr.F6-9240
David LoubeauTexas A&MJr.F6-8230
Greg ManganoYaleJr.F6-10240
Cameron MooreUABJr.F6-8225
Darrion PellumHamptonJr.G6-6205
J.P. PrimmUNC-AshevilleJr.G6-1195
Ralph Sampson IIIMinnesotaJr.F/C6-11241
John ShurnaNorthwesternJr.F6-8215
Tony TaylorGeorge WashingtonJr.G6-1191
Hollis ThompsonGeorgetownSo.F6-7205
Tony Tibbs Jr.Staten IslandJr.G5-10
Charlie WestbrookSouth DakotaJr.G6-4208
Brandon WoodValparaisoJr.G6-2190


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