Why risk going undrafted with a year left of eligibility? Just come back to school and lead the Cyclones back to the dance. That will make you happy. And make us happy too.
But it's not that easy.
These two have been groomed their
entire lives to make it in the professional ranks of the NBA. When they got up
in the morning their emphasis was on playing on the same hardwood that Jordan
and Isaiah once called home. Stinson would get up early and practice his
dribbling on the tough streets of the
You hear that rags-to-riches story all the time. It's about as cliché as cliché can get. But it's the truth.
This past week I watched the
documentary "Through the Fire" about Sebastian Telfair's journey from hyped high
school player to
And when Telfair realized he had
the chance to get drafted, he jumped. That was his goal in life. He would make
it out. He wouldn't end up like the dozens of former college stars still roaming
around places like
While watching Telfair, the entire time I thought about Stinson and Blalock.
They didn't come to
This isn't a shot at Curtis or Will. I would have done the same thing.
The only loyalty they have to
I think us
It only makes sense that these two head to the professional ranks now. This is the year if they want to get drafted. This draft class will be without a high school player for the first time in 11 years. So in essence, it has the smallest pool of potential draftees.
Plus, the guard crop is probably the weakest it has been in a couple decades. I know what you're saying; Stinson and Blalock aren't even projected to be drafted. True. However, all these draft sites factor in every single player regardless of if they have declared or not.
The only senior point guards that
are projected to be drafted are Villanova's Randy Foye and
I hear it all the time how Stinson and Blalock don't have the jump shot to make the NBA. Keep in mind guys like Luke Ridnour (27 percent 3 point %) Brevin Knight (23 %) Devin Harris (24 %) all play significant minutes in the NBA. Also, former Kansas Jayhawk Aaron Miles is on an NBA roster.
What will change next year you if Curtis and Will return you ask? Well, high school guys like Sherron Collins, Javaris Crittenton and Derrick Jasper would be eligible. Not to mention, rising point guard stars such as Darius Washington, Rajon Rondo, and Daniel Gibson would be more likely to declare.
I took Econ 101 two years ago and although I spent more time debating the merits of the young lady in front of me rather than paying attention, I did learn about supply and demand. Stinson and Blalock will be in more demand this year than next.
If that's the goal, now is the time. I know it's not what we want to here, but this is their life. They can get out.