TORONTO - It might be time for fans of bad NBA teams like the Raptors to get a little concerned.
The reward for a sub-30-win season is usually a pretty good young player via the draft, but this year’s draft was already considered a weak one before its high-end talent started pulling out left, right and centre.
Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger was the latest to say he’s staying in school, telling reporters after the Buckeyes’ loss on Friday that he will return for his sophomore campaign.
Calling himself “a man of my word” Sullinger said he came to Ohio State to win a national championship and definitely will be returning.
Duke star freshman Kyrie Irving - the favourite to be picked first in the draft if he enters - has also said he plans to return to college. Texas star Tristan Thompson, of Brampton, had also said he planned to return, but a report on nbadraft.net said he had signed with an agent and would enter the draft after all.
Keep in mind with Irving and Sullinger that it is extremely rare for a player to say otherwise at this point. Too many star athletes to count have said in March or April that they definitely aren’t NBA-bound, before changing their tune a couple of months later.