Though he was a part of the much-publicized 2.025 GPA, Eric Bledsoe is apparently quite the brainiac. Or, Gary Parrish thinks so, at least. In his review of the early entrants into June’s NBA Draft, the faux-hawked one tabs UK’s other freshman point guard as making the smartest decision among all of the youngsters. Here’s what Parrish had to say:
The smartest decision was … Eric Bledsoe’s decision to remain in the draft and leave Kentucky after one season, and those questioning it aren’t properly grasping the situation, specifically that Bledsoe wasn’t a big fan of, well, college. Beyond that, he’ll almost certainly go in the first round, this despite being a 6-1 guard who wasn’t a McDonald’s All-American. So it’s right to strike while the striking is good — especially when you consider that A) John Calipari’s future at UK remains uncertain, B) Bledsoe will probably never be the most talented guard on any UK team Calipari coaches (next year that would be Brandon Knight; in 2011-12 it would be Marquis Teague), and C) this is a relatively weak draft for point guards. Bottom line, I like Bledsoe’s decision. This is the safest play he could make.
Bledsoe is currently listed as the #16 prospect on Chad Ford’s Big Board (ESPN). Meanwhile, Draft Express has him going to the Hawks at #24 overall and NBADraft.net lists him as the second pick of the second round (#32 overall) by the Oklahoma City Thunder.