Blog Entry

Two more Big East stars entering NBA Draft

Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:40 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2010 12:44 pm
 

The Big East is losing two of its best underclassmen.

Syracuse's Wesley Johnson (according to the Syracuse Post-Standard ) and West Virginia's Devin Ebanks (according to sources) are making themselves available for the NBA Draft. Neither is expected to withdraw by the deadline. Both will make formal announcements later this week.

Johnson was a finalist for most National Player of the Year awards after averaging 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. He's a projected top 10 pick. Ebanks averaged 12.0 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He's a projected first-round pick.

The NBA Draft is June 24 in New York.
Comments

Since: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2010 4:42 pm
 

Two more Big East stars entering NBA Draft

I can understand Wesley Johnson leaving, but why Ebanks? He isnt first round talent, not this year. Hes not really aware of what is going on at all times, travels way too much, and doesn't exactly have a good jump shot. Yes he can defend, but he didnt have to worry about switching because we had 5 players around 6'7 to 6'9. He will have to guard the small forwards in the NBA (LeBron, Paul Pierce, Kevin Durant) so it will be much more difficult. He could have used another year, and the mountaineers could have used him for another year 




Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2010 3:29 pm
 

Two more Big East stars entering NBA Draft

I wouldn't want to be a fan of the team that takes Ebanks in the lottery. The NBA draft's biggest problems are when teams overrate athleticism and ignore simple things like 17 foot jumpers. And no one knows how good Defensively he is either. WVU played a lineup where everyone was the same height and switched on everything, especially because no one could keep a dribbler in front. He guarded positions he won't be asked to in the NBA, and never had to stay 1 on 1. That just makes him a skinny as a stick player with little offense. I'll pass for 1st Round money! Agree with another poster, just a decent college player, nothing exceptional.




Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2010 3:16 pm
 

Two more Big East stars entering NBA Draft

"Rookie salary cap coming"?  I think you're possibly mixing up your sports.  Football might have the rookie salary cap coming (and needs it) in their next CBA, but basketball has had their Rookie Pay Scale in order for years now.  Everyone essentially slots into where they are drafted, give or take, hence why there are no holdouts and guys at leasy somewhat have to earn their big contracts after 3 years. 



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2010 2:55 pm
 

Two more Big East stars entering NBA Draft

Johnson will be a decent pro, and their really isn't much of a reason for him to stay. The 'cuse flopped in the NCAA tourney and it's unlikely they would go further next year, and they certainly will not be as highly seeded.  Ebanks is a good college player, but that doesn't necessarily translate into a good pro player. Many an underclassman has attempted to make the jump to the NBA only to fall short....I think he should have stayed another year. Heck, look at Thabeet from UConn, he had a great Jr. season and got drafted high, only to be sent down the NBDL, who would have thought that from him? He probably won't ever be an offensive star, but he's a decent defender who can block some shots....you can only wish the players luck when they turn pro, after all, college is there to prepare you for a career, and if you're ready after one or two years, then go for it, just realize it isn't easy and you're missing out on some of the best four years of your life! 



Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2010 2:02 pm
 

Two more Big East stars entering NBA Draft

with the rookie salary cap coming, he would be foolish not to come out as long as he is a first rounder getting first round money this year. Huh? The NBA already has highly structured rookie salaries, that are unlikely to go down too much.  At most, minimal benefit in that sense for coming out earlier.  The bigger proposed changes involve veteran contracts.

The reason why players are rushing to come out this year is that there's a good chance that there won't be a 2011-12 season, so these guys want to get in the fold now.



Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2010 1:58 pm
 

Two more Big East stars entering NBA Draft

Who Cares, The NBA sucks and needs to be re-transformed. Raiding the college ranks is stupid. They need to cut down to about twenty teams at most. I live the day for anonther ABA.




Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2010 1:50 pm
 

Two more Big East stars entering NBA Draft

I don't think Devin Ebanks will be an absolute bust.  In fact, if he goes to a team that plays up tempo basketball (quite unlike his WVU Mountaineers), Ebanks could become a valuable piece.  He is long, an excellent rebounder and a very good defensive player.  Although his outside shooting is not very good, Ebanks can still play a valuable role if he gets the right fit in either the mid-late first/early second round of the NBA Draft.  It's far too early to speculate probably, but I think Ebanks would fit well in Boston, New Jersey, Phoenix or Utah for example. 



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2010 1:36 pm
 

Two more Big East stars entering NBA Draft

I bet Ebank does nothing in the NBA, 100% draft bust



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2010 1:36 pm
 

Two more Big East stars entering NBA Draft

I bet Ebanks does nothing in the NBA, 100% draft pick bust



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2010 1:35 pm
 

Two more Big East stars entering NBA Draft

Great.  Thanks


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com