I know that there is a lot that goes into a decision like this but from this outsider’s standpoint, it seems like a no-brainer to stay although he should put his name in with no agent. Perhaps the Bulls or Heat etc will guarantee taking him late first round.
1.)I just reviewed about 5 or 6 mock drafts and he isn’t even listed in most. The high was a #34 or early 2nd round..no guaranteed money.
2.) Frankly I think some people were emotionally awed by the 30 pts against Duke that they really didn’t evaluate all his #s
9 of 24 (37.5%) FG 2 0f 7 (28.5%) from 3 and 10-16 (62.5%) FT All of which is good but not eye-popping by NBA standards. Against Xavier
5 of 22 (22.7%)FG 0-6 (3 pt) 4-4 FT.
3.) I saw projections as high as #20 in the 2013 Draft. The difference in guaranteed money is substantial.
4.) C.J. has opened eyes but still has some flaws (though very limited). If he shoots 1,000 3s every day this summer and learns to be a little bit more patient with his shot selection, he will be very difficult to ignore next season in the national landscape.
If he were my son, I think I would advise him to use his final year to truly enjoy the game with friends and classmates, accept the laurels and recognition to come his way, get his degree, move up in the selection process and then move on to the next phase of his life.
Just one man’s opinion.