NBA Draft Early Entrants List Is Official

06.15.09 9 years ago 13 Comments
Wake Forest's Jeff Teague

Wake Forest's Jeff Teague

It’s a great day for Georgia Tech and Texas. The slept-on Yellow Jackets get their high-energy, athletic power forward back from the brink of the NBA Draft. Gani Lawal decided to withdraw his name to go back to Atlanta for a chance at doing serious damage in the ACC alongside Derrick Favors.

And Texas is getting another possible first-rounder back. Damion James will return to Austin instead of going towards the bottom of the first round. He makes UT the class of the Big 12, and a real Final Four contender next year.

James, PG/SG Avery Bradley, G Justin Mason, G/F Jordan Hamilton, , and C Dexter Pittman will create one of the best lineups in college hoops.

UCLA, Wake Forest, Kentucky, St. Mary’s and USC aren’t that lucky…

Stayin In Draft:
Jrue Holiday
Jeff Teague
Tyreke Evans
Jodie Meeks
Austin Daye
Patty Mills
Taj Gibson

Back to School:
Gani Lawal
Luke Harangody
Damion James
Greivis Vasquez
Devan Downey
Osiris Eldridge

I agree with every decision – except for Austin Daye’s. If he went back to school, he’d add more muscle, play under the watchful eyes of college coaches, and develop even more. But by staying in the Draft, he could walk the fine line between realizing his potential and disappearing into a system in which he isn’t getting the attention that he needs.

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