Confidence Level on returning for Players “Testing The Waters”
Tyrell Terry Stanford
I think Terry will end up being a first-round pick for this upcoming NBA Draft, he had the highest score on a Basketball IQ test of all time since they’ve been administering the test. He’s a guy who can really rise up the boards. He’s an elite shooter, super smart and high-upside the thing with him is that he’s super skinny.
Xavier Tillman Michigan State
Tillman is married with 2 children. You have to believe that he’s going to go pro and make money to support his family, and nobody should blame him. He could be a first-rounder and who knows if he will be next season? That’s not really a risk you can take with a weak draft.
Ayo Dosunmu Illinois
I think Dosunmu returns still, the longer he drags it out, could change what I think but for now, he’s not a projected top-45 or so pick and could even go undrafted. He has the most to gain of any borderline prospects.
Isaiah Joe Arkansas
I’m as confident with Joe coming back as I am anyone. He has too much to gain by coming up. He’d have to have a serious injury to hurt his stock, he’s a mid-2nd pick to an undrafted prospect currently. He can take up the Mason Jones role, and to be quite honest I think he can be a true point guard, if he can prove in a large sample he’s a good passer. He’s shown and can do more than shoot at an elite-level consistently, he’s going to be a potential first-rounder without a doubt. The Razorbacks have a chance to not only contend in the SEC but make the NCAA Tournament should Joe return.
Jared Butler Baylor
If there’s anyone that people think returns that doesn’t end up doing so, I think it’s Butler. I’m not sure what more he can prove besides being the star on a team that makes a deep NCAA Tournament. I think his Draft Stock may just be what it is which is as a 2nd-round pick. I think he’s a very good player but I don’t see how he can be much better unless he becomes a Marcus Garrett level defender.
Kofi Cockburn Illinois
The only reason Cockburn would leave is because he is a few years older than most with his Freshman class of last season. He has a very bright future but also hasn’t been playing Basketball as long as much his age. He’s 7’0 and super-strong at the hoop and just in general. He’s a future NBA player.
John Petty Jr Alabama
I think Petty stays but I could see the argument for him not. I think he’s an NBA guy, but he’s 6’5″ and 185 pounds. My question is what position does that make him at the next level. He’s an elite shooter but he’s skinny and is a guard/ wing guy but he has Point Guard weight he needs to bulk up to help him on the defensive end and be better and generating contact at the Basket. I would like to see him create a bit more for himself also, let him have the ball more.
Filip Petrusev Gonzaga
Petrusev will likely never be an NBA player, it’s unfortunate because I like him but it just kind of is what it is. He’s going to be a great player overseas but just doesn’t fit in the NBA. He can’t shoot at all, he uses his size at the hoop to get points and has a good feel for a big man, but in the NBA there’s going to be taller, better, and stronger guys. Unless he accepts that he won’t be an NBA player and he decides to head overseas which I wouldn’t blame him for, I think he should stay. He’s an awesome College Player and he could be a potential player of the year on the best team, too much to pass up in my opinion.
Corey Kispert Gonzaga
In a normal year, I think Kispert is gone. I think he stays just due to all the uncertainty. He’s an NBA Player with no doubt in my mind, he’s a pretty good athlete and elite knockdown shooter. There’s a spot for that in the league, it is just no guarantee that he will be picked.
Joel Ayayi Gonzaga
I think Ayayi is also an NBA player, but not just yet. He can really do it all and I love his NBA Future. He’ll have more of a hold of the team without Admon Gilder and Ryan Woolridge, he’ll play the point guard along with Jalen Suggs. He can become a very solid player for a great Gonzaga team. He’s an awesome rebounder for his position, a solid passer, and a very good scorer.
Luka Garza Iowa
Garza had one of the historically great seasons in Big East history as he won the league player of the year by averaging 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game for the Hawkeyes. He’s unlikely to be taken in this year’s upcoming NBA Draft, so expect him to come back to Iowa in order to try to win National Player of the year.