Leaving college too early can sometimes prove to be detrimental.
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Since the end of the NCAA Tournament, and even while the event was still taking place, there have been a flurry of announcements by underclassmen stating their intentions to enter the 2014 NBA Draft.
In the last week, such players as Joel Embiid (Kansas), T.J. Warren (North Carolina State) and Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) have declared for early entry into the draft.
While the appeal of fame and fortune that comes with playing at the professional level is obvious, from a pure basketball standpoint coming out of college too early can sometimes prove to be detrimental. For others, building hype at the end of the regular season may have lifted their draft stock enough to make it folly to turn down the draft. Then there are the blue- chippers who have been destined for a selection in 2014 since they signed their national letters of intent.