Should Chris Walker come back for another year?

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    Saw an ESPN Insider article where their panel of NBA "experts" debated a few questions about this year's freshmen class draft status. Here's what they had to say about Walker:

    Selfishly, I agree with Goodman. Walker's obviously still extremely raw at both ends of the court, but the NBA draft is based on potential even more so than is the NFL draft, and he's got loads of that. We have 8 more regular season games, probably 3 SEC tourney games, and up to 6 in the NCAA tourney. The question is, if he's playing 10-15 minutes a game by the end of the regular season, is that enough to show the scouts to make him a lottery pick? It was enough for DeMarcus Cousins, but he had a more NBA-ready body and wasn't as raw. He also played a whole season. Is it worth coming back for another year of development or is he better of leaving this year? Noah might have gone #1 overall had he gone a year earlier, but I'm sure he would say he made the right choice. What do you think?
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    should walker come back for a second year? YES

    Will he? No clue, money speaks and who knows.
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    Umm no Cousins started every game and shot something like 50-55% from the field that year.
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    You're right. I was thinking of Daniel Orton.
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    He should stay and that's that :)
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    It's no question he isn't pro ready.

    There is also no question a contending team wouldn't add him to their roster immediately and develop him. His raw abilities are not teachable.
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    It depends on if he and his family need money now and if he is doing well in his classes at UF. It seems like the smart choice is he returns, but I've watched a few Kentucky kids make the wrong move ouch. I wish Walker the best!
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    What's the earnings delta between mid 2nd round and lottery?
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    If he's not serious about pursuing a UF degree, if he can get drafted in the top 20 and if his family needs the money, I wouldn't think it will be a terribly difficult decision for him.
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    Honestly, I haven't seen enough from him this year to even guess how good he can be. From what I've seen so far -- ignoring all of the hype about his high school days -- he doesn't look like a first rounder. I am NOT saying he lacks first round talent -- just that I haven't seen it in his time as a Gator.

    Another year in college would obviously help him improve all aspects of his game by playing against good collegiate talent, and it would give him a chance to play starters' minutes.
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    It is a matter of economic need. The kid comes from a home which apparently doesn't have enough money to adequately take care of Chris and he could change that immediately. On the other hand, from a developmental perspective, he needs a year in school to build his body and his skillset. Will he stay, who knows???
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    If he goes this year he will be drafted in the first round. And he badly needs the money.

    Having said that he also would benefit greatly IMHO, from spending another year with Billy and on campus. This kid has had a tough life and could use some grooming all around. 1st Question is can he stay academically eligible. Second is what if he get hurt. It happens. If the university system and the NCAA actually cared about the so-called student/athlete they would work together to institute a "deferred draft" where an NBA team could draft the kid and put down a deposit, say 1-2 million that the kid would get regardless. Then he could return to school for one year before negotiating his deal. Seems it would be much better for the kid and better for the NBA as well. Also make less of a mockery of the University system since once deferred drafted it would reduce the under the table payoffs.
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    A quick use if the google machine tells me that, loosely:

    1st pick= $8.6M over two years
    4th pick = $6.5M over two years
    10th pick = $2.7M
    20th pick =$2.3M
    30th pick = $1.7M
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    Should he stay, yes, will he stay doubt it if he is a projected first rounder. Right now he is very raw, but he has less than 15 minutes of game time so far. We were at the Bama game and he looks lost at times on D. Clearly not sure of the rotations. He gets in place for shot block, but he does a poor job of defended against the pass into the post. He also was just getting pushed around by bigger Bama players at will. On offense he goes to the block and stands there on most possessions. Just like on D he is looking for the block, on O he is looking for the dunk. But, 10 years ago there were players that went right from high school to the NBA. I am sure they were raw too, but the NBA saw their potential. Unfortunately for the Gators academic struggles + NCAA Crap + NBA $$ probably means he is gone.
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    No offense, but every sentiment expressed in this thread has already been expressed in the other two threads we have about Chris Walker, I don't know why this one exists.
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    Fair point. Mods feel free to merge it. I just started it because the other thread titled "Walker" consists solely of people making judgments about the benefits Chris received and other people saying the NCAA is a horrible monster that eats innocent young college athletes and drinks their poor families' tears. Didn't see a third thread about him. I figured we could have a nice discussion about the opinions in that article I quoted and maybe some people who are more knowledgable than I about the NBA could provide some insight on what's at stake, money-wise.
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    Found the other thread - "Walker and Hill together as sophomores." Mods can this be merged with that one? It would probably fit with that discussion.
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    IMO he should return under any of a few circumstances:

    1 - He's so incredibly raw that he'll either wash out of the NBA or will have a paltry 2nd contract because of how under developed he is.

    2 - He is so incredibly immature that he'll wreck himself with the freedom and money allowed him in the NBA. More time in college could mean, in theory, enough better decision making down the line to make up for any lost money from staying longer in school.

    3 - He and his family can afford to put off NBA money and either really value education or "the college experience." Most kids think they were born ready to enter the NBA and will do fine, but some - maybe just personality wise - don't have that confidence yet and are hesitant. College is comfortable for them and the NBA can wait. This is obviously more rare IMO.


    Otherwise - if he just needs development and still has loads of potential, then he can develop better in the NBA. Sure Billy is a great coach, but there are great coaches in the NBA also - coaches who don't have to follow NCAA regulated practice times and balance things with a kid being a full-time student.
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    I'm just going to leave it as it is right now. If I merge it things may get confused.
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    Freedom of threads ? o_O
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