On Wednesday afternoon, news emerged that Syracuse sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams will forgo his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2013 NBA Draft.
CBSSports‘ Jeff Goodman tweeted the news:
Syracuse sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams is headed to the NBA.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) April 10, 2013
In two seasons at Syracuse, Carter-Williams has molded himself into a sure-fired lottery selection this upcoming June, so his decision to leave school early really comes as no surprise at all. Carter-Williams came off the bench as a freshman a season ago, but took over in the back court this past season following the graduation of Scoop Jardine.
At 6-foot-6, Carter-Williams is a hot commodity at the point guard position and not only does his length and athleticism add to his potential, his numbers back it up. On the season, Carter-Williams averaged 11.9 points, 7.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game. The sophomore guard had all the ability in the world to stuff the stat sheet and that’s just another reason as to why he won’t slip outside of the lottery portion of the first round.
Carter-Williams will have the potential to improve his stock even more so in the coming weeks with draft workouts, so there is the chance that he could even break the top ten. Carter-Williams struggled in Syracuse’s Final Four loss to Michigan just last weekend, scoring only two points on 1-of-6 shooting — a tough way to end his collegiate career.
However, NBADraft.net currently lists Carter-Williams at the No. 13 overall selection, while DraftExpress.com predicts that he will chosen with the No. 12 pick. Either way, Carter-Williams will have a new home soon enough and bright NBA future.
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