If you're Kyle Singler, what do you do?
In your right hand is the NBA. You've just led your team to an NCAA title. Your draft status is flexible, but as of right now you're a fringe first-round pick. The possibility of an NBA lockout looms over your senior year draft; no matter how well you play next year, you could be stuck with no NBA draft at all in 2011. And if you return, it will be without Jon Scheyer, the point guard who, alongside Nolan Smith, helped lead you to this year's NCAA title.
In your left hand is a senior year in college. You've just won an NCAA title. You could win another. Sure, Scheyer is gone, but Smith is back, and a cadre of young talent surrounds the both of you -- Kyrie Irving, one of the best recruits in college; Andre Dawkins, the sharpshooter ready to take the leap; and the Brothers Plumlee, as athletic a frontcourt duo as there is in college basketball. And there's the chance to live another year of the (relatively) carefree college lifestyle. Why rush things?
Two hands, two sides, one very difficult choice. No wonder Singler is saying things like this:
“[My head is] kind of scrambled –- just from the emotion of winning a national championship and then having the opportunity to enter your name in the draft, it’s just kind of scrambled," Singler said. "Now I am going to have to take a couple days to gather some information and just kind of thinking about it. I would say my decision is a week away -– maybe less than that. I really don’t have any idea what I am going to do. Basically, it’s up in the air. I am going to listen to my parents. I trust their advice. I trust coach’s too. I’m just going to have to listen to what they have to say and make a decision that feels right."
Is it just me, or does Singler seem to have absolutely no idea what he's going to do? Not that this is a bad thing. I would have no idea either, especially considering I just won a national championship eight days ago. If Singler is like most college kids, he's taken all eight of those days to celebrate, relax, and spend absolutely zero time thinking about the game of basketball. Well-deserved, all three.
In the meantime, I suppose we can try to guess what Singler will do, but good luck. His quote betrays nothing, and I don't think that's intentional. Singler just really doesn't know. Considering he's the biggest name (with the possible exception of Gordon Hayward) still to decide his hoops future, this should be interesting to watch.
Update: Here's a bit more Singler-related draft knowledge. If Singler leaves, he's probably going to get an agent and go for it, rather than merely testing the waters. He's all-in or all-out, but nothing in between:
"I'll probably declare or not," he said. "I don't want to test the waters. I don't see any value in that."