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James withdraws from draft; Holiday staying in

Posted on: June 13, 2009 1:15 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2009 1:17 pm
 

Two of the bigger names in college basketball have finalized their decisions about the NBA Draft.

Texas junior Damion James has decided to withdraw from the NBA Draft, a source close to the Big 12 program told CBSSports.com on Saturday. Meantime, UCLA freshman Jrue Holiday told Brian Dohn of the Los Angeles Daily News that he will sign with an agent and effectively end his college career after one season.

James' return should make Texas a preseason top 10 team.

The 6-foot-7 forward was not expected to go in the first round of the NBA Draft.

Holiday, on the other hand, is a sure-bet lottery pick despite an underwhelming season.

The deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the 2009 NBA Draft is Monday at 5 p.m. ET.
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Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 2:50 pm
 

James withdraws from draft; Holiday staying in

Good assessment, jhawk613. I remember Self being interviewed the day after playing Durant.  He couldn't say enough about KD. 

Not only is it hard, but I wonder if its advisable to go undefeated in conference play.  That would mean having a verryyy long "peak" to get through both conference and post conference play.  I would rather lose a couple of conference play, pick up steam in the conference tourney, and peak through the playoffs, where a loss is the kiss of death.

Aldrich is awesome.  I find my eyes glued to him when watching a KU game.  He has a lot of composure.



Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 2:50 pm
 

James withdraws from draft; Holiday staying in

Good assessment, jhawk613. I remember Self being interviewed the day after playing Durant.  He couldn't say enough about KD. 

Not only is it hard, but I wonder if its advisable to go undefeated in conference play.  That would mean having a verryyy long "peak" to get through both conference and post conference play.  I would rather lose a couple of conference play, pick up steam in the conference tourney, and peak through the playoffs, where a loss is the kiss of death.

Aldrich is awesome.  I find my eyes glued to him when watching a KU game.  He has a lot of composure.



Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2009 4:17 pm
 

James withdraws from draft; Holiday staying in

I hope Jrue Holiday has a terrible year he may go down as one of the biggest busts in UCLA history he cant shoot worth a lick and averaged 7 points a game and is now going to the draft. If he would of stayed in college for one more year he would be the first or second pick in the draft. What a bumb i hope he slides down in the draft




Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2009 11:41 am
 

James withdraws from draft; Holiday staying in

And maybe I will wake up tomorrow shitting monkey's.



Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2009 10:44 am
 

James withdraws from draft; Holiday staying in

I dont know bout knocking KU out of the way. Texas couldnt do it with Durant, and I doubt James is going to put up his numbers. BUT it should make Big 12 basketball fun to watch. Durant was injured during the game at Allen Fieldhouse and he STILL put up 30 on us. The other big difference was we had 5 future NBA players that year (I believe Wright was still playing for KU then).

Barnes knows KU, Self knows Texas.

KU will NOT go undefeated in conference, it's extremely difficult. Our 2007-08 National Title team went 13-3 in conference. I think our only true advantage matchupwise is in the post. Texas has some talented guards as does KU, but Texas doesn't have a threat like Cole Aldrich.

I've always like James because he plays basketball the way it should be played. He's not one-dimensional, he can handle the ball, jump out of the gym, rebound, good mid-range game. His only weakness is long-range. Sometimes he's on, but not consistently enough.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2009 8:49 pm
 

James withdraws from draft; Holiday staying in

Final Dour Contender Yes!... But compared to Kentucky and what Calipari did to their roster, if Meeks comes back UK is the team to beat.

and IF the players gel under a new coach, and IF the players adapt to a new system, and IF the players forgo personal agenda's for the sake of the team. ALOT of IF'S! I think ANY team's fans should just wait until atleast january to make an honest, unbiased, informed assessment of how their team will perform in march.



Since: Jun 13, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2009 8:05 pm
 

James withdraws from draft; Holiday staying in

Final Dour Contender Yes!... But compared to Kentucky and what Calipari did to their roster, if Meeks comes back UK is the team to beat.



Since: Jun 13, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2009 7:49 pm
 

James withdraws from draft; Holiday staying in

Texas will be a legit final four contender... but they are no kentucky if Meeks returns to the rest of the line-up Calipari put together.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2009 7:37 pm
 

James withdraws from draft; Holiday staying in

Is it just me, or do you guys also think Jrue is going to be a bust?  It was extremely frustrating to see him play all season and NEVER show signs of greatness.  As an Alumni, I also watch their signings and games closely.  All the hype about Jrue was just that, HYPEyeah dolphinfan, as i wrote just before, I agree! The NBA scouts apparently are watching a different holiday then me and you have seen. But hey, arent more 1st round draft choices BUSTS then are not................in ANY sport?! The same can be said about 5 star recruits in college. Most are not significantly more talented then "good" players. I just think they surf in on the HYPE WAVE. Take kentucky this year for example. Parrish is apparently buying into the hype while ignoring the dynamics of a brand new coach, a brand new system, and how they will mesh together. I am not saying wall or cousins wont be good, but I would bet that EITHER wall or cousins ends up becoming a player less productive then the hype that surrounds them. I wish more writers and more fans would take a more cautious "wait n see" attitude and let players actually play for a few months before they ordain them god's gift to the world.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2009 7:16 pm
 

James withdraws from draft; Holiday staying in

I hope that the Bruins have seen the last of the Blue Chip "one and done" players.  Kevin Love lived up to all of the hype that comes with these kids but Holiday was a huge disappointment.Yeah, I watched holiday a few times and i really just dont see it (his projected lottery pick in this draft). The same thing happens in baseball, the best players dont get drafted or go in the late rounds and a mediocre player at best goes in the 2nd or 3rd round! I really wish somebody would write an article explaining in laments terms what scouts really look for, so the rest of us can sleep better knowing exactly why some mediocre players (as far as the stats are concerned) go high in drafts? It really is mind boggling when one tries to wrap their minds around why scouts think that a player scoring few points, less blocks, and more turnovers is a better "prospect" in basketball OR a guy with a .240 batting average, fewer rbi's, more errors and fewer stolen bases is more draftable then a guy with a .340 BA, more rbi's, more stolen bases, and fewer errors! Gary, or some other writer please enlighten us....................and please dont write that "well they figure the guy will grow a couple more inches, gain a few pounds, with a better release, his points per game should improve" CRAP!


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