Virginia's Justin Anderson Should Not Have Declared For NBA Draft

By Eric Laboissonniere
Justin Anderson's Departure is Bad News For Virginia
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Justin Anderson has decided to forgo his senior season at Virginia and leave for the NBA Draft in what might end up to being the wrong decision.

Anderson was one of the best players in college basketball before he injured his hand in a game against Duke, and after that game, even when Anderson was back, he never looked the same. Early on in the season, Anderson was the go-to guy for Virginia, and he was shooting an impressive 50 percent from the three-point range. He was also a great defender, and he made Virginia one of the toughest teams to play in the country because he added offense and terrific defense.

Anderson’s draft stock was very high before his injury, but after he went down his draft stock fell to a late first-round pick instead of a potential lottery pick. If Anderson had stayed another year, he could have been one of the best players in the country, a potential lottery pick and could have helped bring home a national championship to Virginia.

Virginia is returning almost all of their crucial players including Malcolm Brogdon, Anthony Gill and London Perrantes. With those players and Anderson, the Cavaliers would have been preseason title favorites, but with Anderson leaving, it will be hard for them to win the national championship.

Virginia will still be a very good team, but Anderson made them one of the elites. Anderson will be a solid NBA player because of his size, quickness and shooting skill, but one more year of college could have really improved his draft stock.

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