With the NBA Draft finally over, and underclassmen stars like Greg Oden and Kevin Durant now working on customizing their brand-new Bentleys, it’s time to look at how their former teams will fare next year in their absence. Here’s an outlook of several teams with some big holes to fill.
Underclassmen lost: Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, Al Horford, Joakim Noah
Adam Stanco answers your questions.. and the one’s you should be asking. If you have a question, send it to BasketballWriter@cs.com
How much did Mike Conley’s NCAA Tournament performance increase his draft stock?
More than you think.
According to the Nevada Appeal, high school All-American Luke Babbitt has announced that he is going to opt out of his verbal agreement with Ohio State and attend Nevada. "Basically I had a change of heart," the 6-8 forward said. "I just decided that I wanted to stay close to home. Obviously Nevada is getting better and better, and I want to try and help them keep winning. Coach (Mark) Fox has done a great job up there, and I've always liked him. He's a great guy, and I'm looking forward to playing for him." Although Babbitt cannot sign anything official until November, he says his decision is final. "I thought about it (calling the other schools)," Babbitt said. "This is it for me. I don't want to be re-recruited. I'm sure I want to go to Nevada. I wanted to let people know as soon as possible." Babbitt is ranked No. 37 in the country by Scout.com.
According to Andy Katz of ESPN.com, Ohio State freshman Daequan Cook is likely to stay in the NBA Draft, barring an injury in the next two weeks. "Right now, I'm all the way in," Cook said. "There's no question [he's staying in the draft] unless an injury comes up. Right now it's just in case anything could happen until June 18 so you have to be ready for anything." He says that he is going to sign with Mike Conley Sr., who also represents Buckeye teammates Mike Conley Jr. and Greg Oden. Cook, who averaged 9.8 points and 4.3 rebounds last season, is projected as a first-round pick.
Any serious discussions concerning the 2007 NBA draft must begin with talk of the fabulous freshman class entered in it. In all, eight NCAA freshmen have thrown their hats into the ring for this year's draft, which is not an overwhelming number. However, the talent level of some of these frosh is what sets this year's draft class apart.
NBA Draft: Mike Conley Jr.
As expected, the Ohio State trio of Greg Oden, Mike Conley, and Daequan Cook will declare for the NBA Draft on Friday according to ESPN.com. Perhaps the biggest beneficiary of this news (in terms of dollars) is Mike Conley Sr., who as a certified agent, will represent Oden as well as his son. Cook will not sign with an agent, and may be back as a Buckeye next year.