First, good luck to C.J. When push comes to shove, I can’t begrudge C.J.’s at least looking into the possibility of making a better life for himself and his family if indeed the chance of millions of dollars is real.
Second, folks are talking about that advisory board input – and the input of the NBA GMs – as chopped liver. That’s a huge part of this process. If he stays home for his senior year, he doesn’t get that professional feedback, information on what they’re looking for, or what he might need to work on.
Third, as long as you’re not seeking to assuage your ego, isn’t this basically a risk-free thing to do? There is absolutely no downside to C.J. to doing this. He does it, he gets free feedback from professionals, gets to talk to NBA GM’s and other experts (not AGENTS, whose job it would be to tell him how great he is every single day). He doesn’t do this, he then sits and wonders what might happen next year, and what they’re thinking.
Suppose you’re a materials engineer. It’s your junior year. You have the opportunity to talk with industrial leaders in your field and the materials engineering advisory board will give you an evaluation of your research. If you do, you can discover if your research will be worth millions of dollars now, or if you should return to school to refine the work and make even more money later.
Or, you could stay home and wonder if your research is going in the right direction.
Put in that way, isn’t this a no-brainer?
I wouldn’t read too much into this.