- I think McRoberts and Singler probably made bad decisions in returning - McBob went from a lottery pick to 2nd round, and Singler went from late 1st to 2nd. One can argue, with the benefit of hindsight, that Jay Williams would've been wise to get two years of NBA ball under his belt before suffering a career-ending injury (though who knows if he would've been in the same place if he'd made different decisions).
- Battier, Redick, and Shelden Williams all benefited greatly from returning - all dramatically improved draft prospects in their senior seasons. Nolan Smith did as well, though I'm not sure leaving after his jr. season was all that realistic an option.
None of that factors in the intangible value of another year at college and such, but that's such an individual thing that I think it's just totally unfair to try and place oneself in another's shoes.
IMO all the players being best pals is overrated though. See Laettner, Christian.
the "Ahhhhh, SeeYa!" is in extremely poor taste, IMO.
Failure is always an option.
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Williams would have been #1 had he left in 2001 and was still #2 in 2002. So no harm, no foul. Deng, Dunleavy, Brand, and Magette all nailed it. Grant Hill could have left after his sophomore year and been a lottery pick, but chose to stay through his senior year. He ended up a top-3 pick and was "this" close to winning an immortalizing 3rd national championship. So I think he did okay for himself.
It's hard to say with Avery. Would another year have allowed him to expand his game and move up, or expose some limitations and drop him? Would he even have been eligible (some have questioned this)?
It's also hard to say with Randolph. Part of me feels like he'd have had a chance to flourish in a 3-man rotation with Williams and McRoberts, and may have won a National Championship with that team had he stayed. Maybe that would have boosted him in some eyes. Maybe not.
Boozer probably should have gone as a sophomore when he'd have been a late 1st rounder in a weaker draft class. He didn't and ended up a 2nd rounder. Of course, then he made it anyway and hasn't had any financial concerns since. So it worked out for him.
ESPN now has a story on Rivers.
In the brief article, it states:
Wow.The Blue Devils' staff knew in the latter part of the season that Rivers was going to leave, multiple sources with direct knowledge at Duke told ESPN.com.
Austin's possible departure does make me understand why Duke is looking at Trey Ziegler again. In this day and age, with players going pro so quickly and being more likely to transfer, you've got to have a deep roster.
I suspect Rivers (both Austin and Doc) were pretty candid with K about their intentions from day one, just as Kyrie and his dad were. This really should not be a surprise to anyone.
The difference between Rivers and Laettner is that Laettner didn't have to be "the guy" when he was a freshman. He had to work his way into it.
Rivers had to work his way into it, but only after a few games when it became apparent that Mason couldn't be "the guy" because no one was going to pass him the ball, and none of the guards were capable enough to lead the team the way Rivers could.
That said, I think Rivers leaving bodes well for Mason staying. I really don't think they got along too well.
I'm not that optimistic about his returning, but I'd love it if he did.
Um, they're saying on the radio that we lost Mason yesterday. Is that true, or are these guys smoking something? Admittedly, I'm in Terp country, so this might just be wishful thinking on their part, but, huh? Has anybody else heard this?
LET'S GO DUKE!