Could've Gone Either Way
Shelvin Mack, PG/SG, Junior, Butler*
A huge part of Butler's two straight runs to the national title game, Shelvin Mack has quite a few fans among NBA teams, but he may have difficulty being guaranteed a spot in the first round by May 8th.
Testing for the Sake of Testing
Every year of group of juniors enter the draft solely because they have nothing to lose. Under NCAA rules, student-athletes are allowed to "test the waters" once without jeopardizing their eligibility. While it's debatable how much these players will actually accomplish due to the shortened window legislated by the NCAA -- they must withdraw by May 8th at the latest -- the following players will almost certainly return to school when the smoke ultimately clears.
Brandon Wood, SG, Junior, Valparaiso*
Reaction to new names on NBA draft list--ESPN
• Valparaiso leading scorer Brandon Wood declared for the draft. But according to Valpo assistant coach Bryce Drew, Wood wanted to see the process and get a sense of where he stood. If he doesn't hear anything positive, then he will withdraw from the draft. But there is another curveball. Wood is a fourth-year junior at Valpo and is graduating. He started his career at Southern Illinois and went to a junior college for a year. The Crusaders aren't expecting Wood to return, even if he were to withdraw with the option that Wood would transfer to a Big Ten school for graduate school and a fifth year. One option for him might be Michigan State, according to a source. If Wood were to join the Spartans, it would be a huge pickup because of his ability to score from the perimeter.
• A number of NBA personnel said they wouldn't be surprised if Maryland's Jordan Williams, Butler's Shelvin Mack, Washington's Isaiah Thomas, Boston College's Reggie Jackson or Fresno State's Greg Smith all stayed in the draft. But there is a consensus already that Michigan's Darius Morris, Xavier's Tu Holloway, Georgetown's Hollis Thompson, Miami's Reggie Johnson, Pitt's Ashton Gibbs and Northwestern's John Shurna should go back to school before they make a mistake of leaving too soon, and in the case of those who can't make an NBA roster, a major error in giving up their eligibility.
Chris Harrison-Docks--ESPN: College Basketball Recruiting
More on Mason's Drake decision ..... "The Bus" talks his high school days--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Happy Campers--Muncie Star Press
NCAA sets earlier date to withdraw from NBA draft--The Indy Star
Transfers clear way for Vikings recruits: Local College Notebook--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Holman Named to National All-Jesuit Honorable Mention Team--detroittitans.com
UIC Men's Basketball Camps Now Open for Registration--uicflames.com
Boggs eager to return to court--Roanoke Times
Another WSU product finds success in Holland as first-year pro--Wright State University Sports
Help support Cooper Land’s basketball journey--RaiderRoundball.com