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5 Players Who Would Have Benefited By Staying in College Basketball Another Year

5 College Hoops Players Who Should Have Stayed in School

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Making the decision to go pro early is probably not an easy one. At the end of the day, a player’s decision to make the leap to the next level is, well, their decision and we all have to respect that. With that said, these five players would have benefited by staying in college basketball another year.

James Young, Kentucky

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James Young, Kentucky

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James Young is very talented and he was easily one of Kentucky’s best players this year. However, he disappeared in games from time to time. If he would have returned for his sophomore season, he could have improved his shot even more and his draft stock would have likely increased.

Glenn Robinson III, Michigan

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Glenn Robinson III, Michigan

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Glenn Ronsinon III is very athletic and could find some success at the next level. I would have liked to see him return to Michigan for one more season, though. He likely would have received a bigger role, which could have led to his draft stock increasing.

Noah Vonleh, Indiana

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Noah Vonleh, Indiana

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Noah Vonleh is a very talented freshman who should get picked up in the top 10. At 6-foot-10, he managed to shoot 48.5 percent from three-point land this year. Not bad. However, I would have liked to see his offensive game develop more and I would have liked to see him become one of the better players in college hoops. One more year could have been the recipe for that. Whether the case, the talent is definitely there and Vonleh’s stock is high.

Zach LaVine, UCLA

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Zach LaVine, UCLA

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Zach LaVine’s draft stock is pretty high, so I can definitely see why he made the leap to the next level. However, he was not the best player on UCLA this year. Another year in a Bruins uniform could have changed that.

Regardless, he still managed to average 9.4 points per game and shot 37.5 percent from behind the arc.

Johnny O’Bryant III, LSU

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Johnny O’Bryant III, LSU

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Johnny O’Bryant III has gotten better every year. He averaged 15.4 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game this season. With that said, there is no guarantee that he gets drafted. Maybe he thinks he is 100 percent ready for the draft, maybe he thinks his stock wouldn’t have gone up in his senior year or maybe he thinks the NBA is calling his name.

Regardless, he would have been one of the best players in the SEC next season.

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