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Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Knowing When to Fold Them: The NBA Draft and Declaring Too Late

Nice piece by Aran Smith of on amateur basketball players who found that "staying in school" can sometimes prove to be a big mistake. Among the players he profiles are Darius Rice and Felipe Lopez, who had they declared for the NBA Draft out of high school, would have likely been first round picks. Lopez might have even been a high lottery pick. But they went to college instead, Rice to the University of Miami, and Lopez to St. John's University. While Lopez suffered injuries that would derail his play, Rice struggled with confidence, particularly with unrealistic expectations that he would immediately dominate college basketball. After four years of college hoops, Rice went undrafted in 2003 Draft, while Lopez was a late first round pick in 1998.

Related Posts About Age Floors:
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Mike: Ontario Hockey League Lowers Age Floor to 15
Greg: Tales of Woe, Gore and Age Limits
Mike: Jermaine O'Neal: Racism Motivating Efforts to Ban Teenagers


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