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The Ins and Outs of the NBA Draft

Posted on: June 16, 2008 5:06 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2008 8:16 pm

The deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the NBA Draft has passed.

Here's what we know at this point (besides that North Carolina will be everybody's preseason No. 1):


  • Joe Alexander (West Virginia)
  • Ryan Anderson (California)
  • Mario Chalmers (Kansas)
  • Jamont Gordon (Mississippi State)
  • Richard Hendrix (Alabama)
  • J.J. Hickson (N.C. State)
  • George Hill (IUPUI)
  • Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (UCLA)
  • Bill Walker (Kansas State)
  • A.J. Abrams (Texas)
  • Chase Budinger (Arizona)
  • Lee Cummard (BYU)
  • Robert Dozier (Memphis)
  • Wayne Ellington (North Carolina)
  • Danny Green (North Carolina)
  • Lester Hudson (UT-Martin)
  • Ty Lawson (North Carolina)
  • Jeremy Pargo (Gonzaga)
  • Ron Steele (Alabama)
  • Robert Vaden (UAB)
Category: NCAAB
Tags: NBA Draft

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2008 4:40 am

The Ins and Outs of the NBA Draft

Ellington, Green, and Lawson are going back to North Carolina? Can you say National Championship! I didn't think Abrams was staying either. Then there some underclassmen who should of stayed in school. Two notables Bill Walker although a great player should have stayed another season would have been the best player with Beasly gone and would have had more value next year. The other Mario Chalmers, he made a season saving shot in the national title game with 3 seconds to force ot, but isn't an NBA player in my mind. Joe Alexander I think could surprise people. I watched him play all year in the Big East and he's a great player. I think he has a chance to be speical at the next level.

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2008 11:58 pm

The Ins and Outs of the NBA Draft

I'm sad to see Mario Chalmers going from Kansas. But I do understand he must strike while the iron is hot. Doubtful he'll be so high next year. I'm not surprised at all the North Carolina players staying. Not that many of them will be great in the NBA. And they can try to be big fish in a smaller pond and that's not surprising. They should be topped ranked with all of them back and with the kid with the bloody nose. Is that Hansbrough? He is a super star in college but won't equate to much in the NBA. Especially with the flop rule being enforced. Walker from K-State should have stayed in college. He's damaged goods. Good stuff Parrish.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2008 8:08 pm

The In and Out of the NBA Draft

Agreed re: Walker.  Now with two knee injuries in 15 months I cannot see any team spending a pick on him.  Hopefully, for his sake, he'll be well enough come camping time that he can score a free agent spot somewhere.  The timing of his decision to stay in the draft is a little odd---you have an injury you return to school (see Rush for KU two years ago).  Knowing that he was a Huggins recruit, it begs the question of whether he had eligibility concerns about returning to KSU.

Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2008 8:06 pm

The In and Out of the NBA Draft

There are much better teams in the Pac 10 than Arizona beginning with UCLA. Dream on Zoni.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2008 7:08 pm

The In and Out of the NBA Draft

Mousie - It's good to see that some people don't care how stupid they sound when posting their comments. You make every idiot out there proud. Good job.

Since: May 21, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2008 7:07 pm

The In and Out of the NBA Draft

Thank you for acknowledging that.  You're a stand up guy. 

Arizona today is different than Arizona 10 years ago, namely because the basketball landscape and Pac-10 has changed (namely to defense).  But you have to understand that Lute brought in Dunlap from the Nuggets, who is supposedly an elite, "coaches coach," and who will probably succeed Lute when his time comes.   If Dunlap lives up to his reputation, there should not be a serious downturn even when Lute  retires.  And besides, according to Lute, that could be in 10 years from now... you have to believe him at least a little bit. 

The fact that "you're shocked because it goes against everything you've been told. "  That's the point.   Trust me, you've been told a lot of BS that is not true and you have to filter through the rumor mill.   Arizona is back baby!  Get ready!

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2008 6:58 pm

The In and Out of the NBA Draft

Gary - I don't think you were necessarily wrong this past month. We've been hearing the same thing through today, from everyone but Chase and his dad. That said, I do think you're wrong about the way things are headed at Arizona. This year was weird, no doubt. But since Lute came back and hired two outstanding assistants, and brought Reggie Geary back, I think we're right back on track. The bigger picture is that we now have a successful player turned coach with Reggie, a great head coach now assistant coach in Mike Dunlap. Russ Pennell is another great addition. His coaching ability is superior to any assistant we had last year. He's coached with Eddie Sutton and Rob Evans with their teams going to the NCAA's,  and played college ball with Scotty Pippen. We're going to be fine next year and beyond. The Dynasty in the Desert is back.

Since: Jul 8, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2008 6:54 pm

The In and Out of the NBA Draft

actually, danny green is better than an "average level college basketball player". he is not used to his full potential at carolina, which is a shame, but green is an athletic player with a complete game.

and joseph forte is playing in italy. hes no nba all-star, but far from selling newspapers. (and how do green and forte relate anyways?? their games are entirely different)

and calling his dancing "arrogant" just shows how little you know. bad, yes, but it isnt sposed to look great. its about having fun and getting people excited. how dare he have fun!? what an arrogant jerk!

Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2008 6:46 pm

The In and Out of the NBA Draft

So Eric Gordon and DJ White aren't returning to Indiana? Crap.

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2008 6:15 pm

The In and Out of the NBA Draft

Wohooo Chase Budinger is returning to school.  That means that the Cleveland Cavs can't waste a draft pick on him. 

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