NBA draft decisions still ahead

April, 7, 2011

Quick hitters on Thursday:

• I had no idea there was an affiliate Kansas campus in Las Vegas. Yet, somehow Kansas freshman point guard Josh Selby is working out at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas when he should be in school this week. Selby is a borderline first-round pick. Kansas coach Bill Self was quoted in the Kansas City Star about Selby missing classes: "As far as school work, he is OK there. He has put himself in a position where he could afford to miss a few days. He will need to get back by next week."

Selby is not Kyrie Irving. Selby had more time to show his talent during the course of the season, even with eligibility issues (he missed the first nine games) and injuries. And he's not ready to be selected in the lottery or compete at the next level. What is going to change after a few days in a Las Vegas gym that wasn't seen during the season? Self said in the Kansas City Star that Selby hadn't committed and that the staff was OK with him going to work out. It's a tough call. Kansas can't say no and run the risk of alienating Selby and others like him that will come through the program. But it makes no sense to think that working out in Las Vegas rather than Lawrence for a few days is going to change anything on his draft status.

• Butler coach Brad Stevens said Shelvin Mack will take some time over the next week to decide if he'll declare for the NBA draft. This one will be interesting to watch. Mack is a first-round pick. He's a first-round pick in 2012, too. One would assume he would leave, but he's not a lottery pick like Gordon Hayward. And Mack might feel some pull to finish up with Ronald Nored. Nothing would surprise me with Mack's decision.

• Arizona's Derrick Williams tweeted Wednesday that he's going to take his time until the April 24 deadline. Good for him. There is no rush to declare right now. Williams is a top-five pick whenever he decides.

• The same is true for North Carolina's Harrison Barnes. For Williams and Barnes it just comes down to this: Do they want to get paid and drafted in the top five, or do they really want to return to college and make a run toward a national title in 2012? Arizona and Carolina are contenders with them on the roster. The potential NBA lockout shouldn't affect a decision -- agents can take care of these top picks during this time.

• The more interesting decisions I'm watching on Chad Ford's list are Scotty Hopson (Tennessee), Alec Burks (Colorado), Terrence Jones (Kentucky), Klay Thompson (Washington State), Chris Singleton (Florida State) and Jeffery Taylor (Vanderbilt).

Let's see what kind of influence new UT coach Cuonzo Martin has over Hopson, who hardly showed enough consistency to be taken in the first round. Burks has a shot to be a real star in the Pac-12 next season. Jones has the talent to be drafted high but once again could use another year to polish his game in a crowded but talented Kentucky lineup. Singleton can lead Florida State back to the NCAAs, Taylor could end up being a first-team all-SEC player and Thompson missed out on leading the Cougars to the NCAAs. Thompson would have another shot next season.

• On Ford's list of players who have declared, I'll be surprised if new Missouri coach Frank Haith can't get Laurence Bowers and Kim English back to play for him, or if Jamie Dixon won't be able to lure Ashton Gibbs back to Pitt.

I won't be shocked to see Tobias Harris stay in the draft rather than go back to Tennessee after a tumultuous freshman season. Boston College junior Reggie Jackson will be a workout wonder and a first-round pick. With the Eagles going into full rebuild mode, Jackson would be flying solo if he were to return to the Heights.

Michigan's Darius Morris will be an interesting test case. I can see how he would envision himself a first-round pick with his skill set. But Morris can take the next step by showing even more leadership and returning to lead the Wolverines to the NCAAs again.

• I don't get Jereme Richmond's decision. Well, I understand he might be a first-round pick. But seriously, did Richmond stand out enough to make you say "wow"?

• Maryland's Jordan Williams needs another season to dominate the ACC and show more leadership. Let's see if he gets the message.

• As of Thursday morning, Miami had not contacted Kansas State and Miami native Frank Martin. And according to a source, Martin should not expect a call. Through an intermediary, a search firm let Martin know that Miami was going in a different direction.

Andy Katz | email

ESPN Senior Writer



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