Decisions loom for area players
Posted March 25, 2013
It's March, and the seasons have ended for North Carolina and NC State... So naturally, we're asking players about going to the NBA.
It's one of the less pleasant parts of the job - asking a kid minutes after a defeat which ended his season if he has made the most important decision of his young life. But people want to know...
The vast majority of the time, players say they've made no decisions - James Michael McAdoo, PJ Hairston and Reggie Bullock all said this after Carolina's loss to Kansas, and Lorenzo Brown and CJ Leslie said basically the same after NC State's loss to Temple.
For all of these players, the decision to go or not to go pro early will be challenging. None of them are slam-dunk lottery picks. NBADraft.net projects McAdoo to go at pick #16, while Brown and Leslie are listed as early second-rounders at #35 and #37. Bullock and Hairston are not listed. Another site, draftexpress.com, projects McAdoo and Brown as first-rounders (#19 and #29, respectively) with Bullock and Leslie listed as early second-round picks (#33 and #35).
Based purely on basketball, I think all five players can benefit from returning for another year at the college level. But no decision in life is that cut-and-dried. Would any of us turn down that kind of money for playing a game?
The NBA's wage scale puts the #19 pick at around $1.2 million, and the contract is guaranteed for two years. Second-round contracts do not carry the same guarantee. So if you're caught in the middle of the two rounds - as several of these area players seem to be - the difference between rising and falling in the draft can be huge in terms of compensation and security.
Here's hoping all five players make the decisions that are right for them.