KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 11: Head coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks speaks with Josh Selby #32 during their semifinal game against the Colorado Buffaloes in the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 11, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Josh Selby's Predecessors Haven't Fared Well In NBA

Comparable players to Josh Selby's situation as a low-impact one-and-done NBA Draft entrant haven't fared well in recent years.

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Josh Selby's Predecessors Haven't Fared Well In NBA

A new article by the Wall Street Journal takes a closer look at the short and unspectacular career of Josh Selby by placing him amid a “special subspecies” of NBA draft prospect: “the early entrant who hasn’t really done all that much.” It’s an interesting table they’ve created given that the impact of players within their parameters have yet to make a true impact.

What are those parameters? Darren Everson writes, “In the five years since the NBA started barring players from entering the draft straight out of high school, 17 players have left college early for the draft despite averaging under 10 points per game in their final season… Only 8 were drafted.”

The best example is Jrue Holiday, the young and surprisingly productive point guard for the Philadelphia 76ers drafted at No. 17 overall in 2009. In his second season, Holiday saw a significant increase in minutes and responsibility and responded well with 14 points, 6.5 assists and 4 rebounds per game. He shot better from the floor overall and looks like a long-term answer at the position.

Yet Holiday is outlier. The reality is other players like DeAndre Jordan, Daequan Cook, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Daniel Orton have yet to make any meaningful impact on their teams despite the high potential coming out of high school. It seems that the lack of a collegiate impact is a telling sign after all.

Perhaps Selby can make the larger splash that Holiday has been able to. Certainly, the hype was there for a player of his high school stature. Yet the NBA has seen such hype before and watched it go unfulfilled. Only time can tell for Selby’s case.

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Marcus Morris Considered Fringe Lottery Prospect In NBA Draft

With their latest NBA draft mock, NBADraft.net has talented Kansas forward Marcus Morris heading to Phoenix with the 13th overall selection. This places Morris in that fringe lottery slot and it's likely that Morris will bounce around the early teens in numerous draft projections until the draft takes place on June 23.

Currently, the site has Morris as a comparable player to Al Harrington, noting his scoring ability from several points on the floor as well as the ability to post up. Most of the positives are on the offensive end, also like Harrington, while scouts detract from Morris concerning his defensive prowess as well as his lack of bulk on the inside. Lining up at power forward in the NBA, Morris might not have enough muscle at the next level. Then again, he doesn't have the footwork or quickness to handle some small forwards as well.

Then again, Morris has a real gift for scoring points, which is what wins in the end. Most front offices would be delighted to add a player like Morris at the next level, and given his success at an elite program like Kansas, Morris has proved enough to get a good look with a high draft pick.

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Kansas' Thomas Robinson Might Declare For NBA Draft

To say a player might declare for the NBA Draft is a possible headline concerning any eligible NCAA player. It's non-committal and shows the player is smart enough to at least explore all the possible options before him. However, in the case of Thomas Robinson, the Jayhawks' long athletic forward, there's a bit of smoke concerning the decision.

In Robinson's case, you have to read between the lines just a bit. As recently as March 11, Robinson stated that he was indeed coming back to school. This came after the victory over Colorado with the entire NCAA tournament ahead of him. Every player realizes that team-first statements are essential in March when the media could make anything into a distraction. However, following the loss to Virginia Commonwealth, Robinson backed off a bit saying, "I’m not thinking about that. Whatever’s the best decision for me, that’s what I’ll do."

The strongest statement of Robinson's intentions came on Saturday, when NBADraft.net made the straightforward proclamation, "Kansas sophomore power forward Thomas Robinson will enter his name in this year's draft according to sources. With the Jayhawks still alive in the tourney, look for the announcement to be made after the team's season ends. Robinson tragically lost his mother during the season and has siblings to look out for."

Robinson has the most to gain this off-season with the probable exit of at least one of the Morris twins and the graduation of three more seniors. Yet when the possible millions of the NBA come calling and agents whisper certain promises and predictions, it can be difficult to push back life-long dreams for another year. There's a lot of smoke surrounding Robinson's future decision, so it's not a stretch to say the fire is probably around the corner.

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