Illini C Meyers Leonard declares for NBA Draft; tough break for John Groce

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The first season for new Illini head coach John Groce just got a lot tougher. He’ll be without his big 7 foot post presence in Center Meyers Leonard, who declared for the NBA Draft.

His sounds-like-it-tested-well-with-focus-groups statement regarding the matter:

“This was a very difficult decision because I love the University of Illinois. But I feel the timing is right for me to follow my dream of playing in the NBA and having the opportunity to provide for my mom and family. I want to thank everyone in the Illini program for their support these past two years. It starts with Coach Weber, who has always believed in me.

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Illini Meyers Leonard and Brandon Paul testing NBA Draft waters

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The 2011-12 Illinois Fighting Illini alpha dog (Brandon Paul) and second banana (Meyers Leonard)  have submitted their names to the NBA’s undergraduate advisory committee to receive feedback on their draft stock. Therefore, they will have the chance to receive feedback from NBA scouts on their game, but still retain the ability to return to school next season.

I think I know what they’ll hear.

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NBA Draft Stock Report (12/1/11)

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The NBA Draft Stock Report checks in on which players have made a name for themselves in the past week; either helping or hurting their future draft position.  These early pre-season tournaments give players great exposure matching up against marquee opponents on national television.  In this week’s addition,  a season ending injury hurts one players stock while a first round prospect ends up in Jim Calhoun‘s doghouse.

Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2012 NBA Mock Draft.

Take a crazy early look at The Sports Bank’s 2013 NBA Mock Draft.

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2012 NBA Draft Stock Report (11/22/11)

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The NBA Draft Stock Report checks in on which players have made a name for themselves in the past week; either helping or hurting their future draft position.  These early pre-season tournaments give players great exposure matching up against marquee opponents on national television.  In this week’s addition,  a pair of highly touted freshman point guards look like they have a ways to go before being NBA ready while a Duke big man is finally looking like a legit lottery prospect.

Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2012 NBA Mock Draft.

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