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The latest on decisions from underclassmen

Posted on: May 7, 2010 11:18 pm
Edited on: May 8, 2010 11:21 pm

There's been a flurry of decisions made about the NBA Draft over the past 24 hours.

Here's the latest (from various sources):


Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky)
Dee Bost (Mississippi State)
Jordan Crawford (Xavier)
Darington Hobson (New Mexico)
Dominique Jones (South Florida)
Daniel Orton (Kentucky)
C.J. Webster (San Jose State)


Lavoy Allen (Temple)
Talor Battle (Penn State)
Anatoly Bose (Nichols State)
Mike Davis (Illinois)
Paul Davis (Winston-Salem State)
Malcolm Delaney (Virginia Tech)
Kenneth Faried (Morehead State)
Jimmer Fredette (BYU)
Anthony Gurley (UMass)
JaJuan Johnson (Purdue)
Ravern Johnson (Mississippi State)
Demetri McCamey (Illinois)
E'Twaun Moore (Purdue)
Rico Pickett (Manhattan)
Tracy Smith (North Carolina State)
Alex Tyus (Florida)
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Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2010 5:46 pm

The latest on decisions from underclassmen

I agree that he should have come back.  I would have like to have seen what he could do.  But, he is projected to go anywhere from pick 10-12 in the draft and rumor is his grades were so bad he would have had to sit out the beginning of next season anyway (same for Bledsoe).  Not sure if it's true but that's the word on the street.

Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2010 1:42 pm

The latest on decisions from underclassmen

As a Kentucky Fan, I certainly understand where you are coming from.  I thought the same thing when he first said that he was entering the draft.  Then I put myself in his shoes.  There are several things that you must put into perspective.   He sat out his senior year of high school with a knee injury.  So there is the injury factor.  He lost his mother not very long ago.  So there is the emotional factor.  With a lockout looming, almost every draft analyst has him going in the top 15 to 20 picks.  So there is the money factor.  Every kid that plays the game of basketball dreams of playing in the NBA one day, and he is no different.  He has awesome potential, and that is basically the reasoning for his high stock.  I don't think he will be an immediate impact, but I think he will one day.  You can't blame a kid for following his dreams, espeacially if you factor in all the things above.  By the way, when did being a top 20 pick in the NBA Draft become mediocre?Money mouth

Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2010 10:57 am

The latest on decisions from underclassmen

Smart move by these guys, JJ would have been a first rounder if he could actually play like a big man and not get used.  Moore will never be a first rounder, more of an AJ Guyton, good college baskball player, but not an NBA regular.  Hummel is the one with the real talent.  I see him as a lottery pick if the knee gets healthy. 

As for you final four pick, agree with the talent being good enough for a final four, but let's not forget the number of final fours Purdue has been in - Zero!!!! 

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2010 11:43 pm

The latest on decisions from underclassmen

You bring up a great point.

Now that the guy has graduated.....I'd be willing to bet anyone would have loved to have the kid (Kramer) on their team.  One of the reasons I was so upset about the Hummel injury this year was because of your comment.  I think out "big 3" are as good as any in the country.  I believe we have 2 guys in Jackson and Barlow, a quick as lightning D and D guy, and an over-sized point guard that I believe can be a poor man's John Wall. But a guy like Kramer really would've put us over the edge, I'm not sure we have a guy that can lock down anyone like he could. 

i would guess that one of two things will happen.  A: We'll be clicking on all cylinders, with Hummel, Moore, and JJ hungry enough to carry the team no matter how many points the other team scores.  or B:  we'll have trouble stopping an elite team's #1 guy, and we'll struggle against teams with just as much talent as us. 

I believe we're a Final Four team.  But if we still had Kramer, I'd feel confident in saying we're a lock for the final game. 

Should be a great season for the Big 10.

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2010 8:25 pm

Good news for the Big Ten

Purdue should be a national title contender (although we might be underestimating the loss of Kramer) and Illinois will be loaded. These two plus MSU and OSU will be a great top tier.

It's also good to see Battle for one more year, but I'm sure the opposing coaches would disagree.

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2010 6:01 pm

The latest on decisions from underclassmen

Daniel Orton is truly an idiot. Had he stayed one more year and got real minutes, he'd probably have the chance to be a lottery pick next year. But instead he's accepting of mediocrity.

Truly a buffoon.

Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2010 3:12 pm

The latest on decisions from underclassmen

McCamey did announce he is coming back.





Since: Dec 9, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2010 1:55 pm

The latest on decisions from underclassmen


The Boilermakers return all 3 stars!!   Hell yeah!

Hopefully Robbie can stay healthy, and Moore and JJ will be MUCH higher valued by NBA scouts next year.

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2010 10:53 am

The latest on decisions from underclassmen

McCamey still hasn't made a decision or it still hasn't been reported. Apparently he had a good workout with the Rockets. It's not clear cut what he will even do considering his sometimes rocky relationship with Bruce Weber and he also posted somewhere about how he wants to make some money...

Davis is returning though.

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