Players with Decisions to Help Their Stock and their College Team
The Harrison Twins (Andrew & Aaron) - Kentucky Wildcats
If both of the Harrison twins decide to return to Lexington and hone their basketball skills, they will make the Wildcats a pre-season favorite. Returning will also probably catapult Andrew Harrison into a lock for the first round, and possibly into the lottery. Aaron on the hand, should jump into the first round. These two kids have all the potential in the world, but being buried at the end of some NBA's team bench will not help. Coach Calipari will be able to improve the twins' skill set and confidence along with a season's more worth of games. As of right now, Kentucky will return highly skilled players such as Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee and Dakari Johnson. You know that Coach Cal is bringing in some of the world's best recruits including PG Tyler Ulis, C Karl Town's Jr, SG, Devin Booker and PF Trey Lyles. The Harrison's need to think if bringing in Ulis and Booker will push the two brothers to get better, or take away playing time before deciding to turn pro only to be sent to the NBDL or the end of a team's bench.
Jabari Parker - Duke Blue Devils
If Jabari Parker decides to not enter the draft, there will be a lot of shocked Duke Fans and disappointed NBA executives. Barring injury, Parker should be a lock for the top 3 picks. Parker has a lot more to risk returning to school as he posses the risk of injury or a down season much of the way it happened to Glenn Robinson III. Parker says that he needs to talk over his decision with Coach K before letting the public know his decision. Should Parker return to school, Duke fans and Coach K have to be favored to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament and not be upset in the first round like this past season. Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon should be returning to Durham for another season. Parker and the whole Duke Team should benefit greatly by adding one of the best prospects in the country in PG Tyus Jones and fellow 5-star recruit, SG Grayson Allen. In the frontcourt, returning for the Blue Devils will be Amile Jefferson and Marshall Plumlee. Coach K has also added two five star recruits to the front court. Center Jahlil Okafor, one of the top recruits in the nation should push this Duke team to another level. Justie Winslow will add physical athletic defender who is still developing his offensive of repertoire. Parker should join the starting 5 of some NBA team picking in the lottery, or will return to school to improve his defense with the hopes of winning a National Championship.
Glenn Robinson III - Michigan Wolverines
Glenn Robinson III returned for his Sophomore season but 't did not really improve upon his game. His stats didn't improve and he disappeared during certain games. When Robinson is on his game, he can prove to be a difference maker. Robinson has a ton of experience starting every game of his career to go along with off the chart athleticism. That is a lot to replace, but Michigan returns Caris LeVert who could easily play his way into best player on the Wolverines', and also Guard, Zac Irvin. Both of these 6 foot 6 guards bring in lots of experience. Nik Stauskas has his own debate whether to return to Ann Arbor, but should move onto the NBA after earning the Big Ten player of the year honor. Stauskas took the honor from the previous year player of the year Trey Burke. With Burke gone, Stauskas took control of the Wolverines. Robinson, has a chance to follow his Stuaskas' footsteps and become the star of the Wolverines. Michigan is not brining in any 5-star recruits for the upcoming year, but we already talked about Zac Irvin who came into Michigan this year as a 5-star recruit. Mitch McGary should also return from injury if he decides to return to school. If Robinson dedicates himself this summer to improving his jump shot and his motor, Robinson will no doubt be considered a lottery pick for the 2015 NBA Draft. If Robinson decides to return to school and continue on cruise control, he should still be on the bubble of the first round of the NBA draft next year, just like he will be if he declares for the draft this year.
By Steven Spector -4-13-14