An hour ago, we found out that Willie Cauley-Stein will return to school next season and that Archie Goodwin will go pro. However, the decisions we didn’t hear may be more surprising. Alex Poythress is currently still weighing his options on whether or not to go pro or return, and although he’s projected by many to be the number one pick in the draft, Nerlens Noel has yet to make an announcement on his future.
Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com says that he’s heard that Poythress is still collecting information about his draft stock and is leaning towards going pro, but nothing is official yet. On one hand, if Alex decides to come back and improve his game, he will have to fight for minutes and prove to Cal that his passive attitude on the court is a thing of the past. On the other hand, several mock drafts still project him to be a first round pick in the weakest draft in recent memory. So basically, Alex has this choice: improve at UK under Cal, or get drafted and improve in what will likely be the D-League and work your way up? Which do you take a chance on?
As for Noel, Cal has said that he will make his decision based on his rehab status, and since he only had his surgery a few weeks ago, there’s probably not that much information one way or the other so far. April 16th is the deadline for players to enter the draft or or give up their eligibility. If Noel’s rehab goes well, you have to think that he will declare; being the projected number one pick in the draft doesn’t happen everyday, especially with next season’s crop of superstars lining up in the wings. No one would fault Nerlens for deciding to go pro.
What do you make of the delay in Alex and Nerlens’ decisions?