Notable players staying and leaving post draft deadline
The date to decide whether to stay in the draft has came, leaving some surprising people in the draft and others staying another year in college. Here is a recap of who is staying and leaving.
1) Jordan Nwora- Louisville
Getting Nwora back makes Louisville a contender for next season. Nwora is the team leader and leading scorer, and Louisville is immediately a threat in the ACC.
2) Devon Dotson- Kansas
Losing Quentin Grimes to the transfer market is a blow for the Jayhawks, but getting Dotson back makes Kansas a top team once again. Dotson improved greatly throughout the season, and him and his teammate Udoka Azubuike will both be player of the year candidates.
3) Myles Powell- Seton Hall
Getting back Powell for his senior year is huge. Seton Hall needed their best player back and are a lock to be a tournament team next season with this decision.
4) Tres Tinkle- Oregon State
The Pac 12 is going to be tough next year, and with Tres Tinkle back, Oregon State can still compete with the top dogs. They also got back Ethan Thompson, and that duo will help greatly.
5) Yoeli Childs- BYU
Childs seemed all but gone before yesterday, but a sudden change of heart brought him back to BYU for another season. Childs averaged 21 points a game last season, and they might not be on Gonzaga’s level but he can play them back into the NCAA tournament.
1) Rayjon Tucker- Memphis
After committing as a grad transfer, Memphis finally had some experience on a young squad. However, Tucker decided to stay in the draft, causing concern as to how far this inexperienced team can go come March.
2) Lindell Wigginton- Iowa State
Iowa State was already anticipating losing Marial Shayok, Talen Horton Tucker, and Cameron Lard; so losing Wigginton puts them in a tough situation. Lindell was a great scorer off the bench, scoring that Iowa State will struggle to find without him next season.
3) Armoni Brooks- Houston
Brooks has increased his level of play every year he’s been at Houston, and this team was looking forward to that jump next season. Instead, Brooks kept his name in the draft, leaving a Houston team coming off a breakout season without one of their best players.
4) Kenny Wooten- Oregon
Wooten had a great Pac 12 tournament and that was enough for him to decide to stay in the draft. Oregon also loses Bol Bol and Louis King, making their chances in the Pac 12 very difficult next season.
5) Oshae Brissett- Syracuse
Coming off a disappointing season, most people expected Brissett to come back another year and improve his stock, but he clearly felt differently, keeping his name in the draft. Syracuse is now in big trouble without him and Tyus Battle, and a tournament bid seems like a big question mark now.