Why Did These Guys Stay in the NBA Draft? What are they Thinking?

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Every year at this time, you look at the list of college basketball players who decided to forgo eligibility to stay in the NBA Draft and wonder “what on Earth are they doing?” Or you ask “did the draft go from two rounds to five rounds and no one told me?”

Leading the way in 2011 is Notre Dame forward Carleton Scott who played three seasons (2008-11) with the Irish, and had one year of eligibility remaining after sitting out his freshman season in 2007-08.

In 84 career outings (38 starts), he scored 557 points for a 6.6 career points per game average, grabbed 403 rebounds (4.8 per game) Kind of underwhelming numbers, yes? He didn’t exactly finish strong either, going 1-10 FG, 0-4 3 pt in the Irish elimination game in the round of 32 at the hands of Florida State

On the other hand, Scott was Notre Dame’s third-leading scorer this past season with a career-high 11.2 ppg and topped the squad with 7.4 rpg and 1.9 bpg.  He reached double figures in 20 contests, 10-plus boards in 11 and had seven double-doubles.

And even though he very likely won’t get drafted, Scott graduates this month from the College of Arts and Letters with a degree in history and computer applications. So he probably just didn’t want to go to grad school. (understandable) And he isn’t leaving a great degree from a great school in a tough major on the table; he already has it.

Other “questionable” or “surprising” decisions to stay in draft:

This is a Paul M. Banks and David Kay collaboration

Early Entries List

NBA Mock Draft Round One

NBA Mock Draft Round Two

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Notre Dame vs. Florida State: Football Powers Clash for Sweet 16 Berth

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Florida State Seminoles have never met in college basketball. They’ve played some classic battles in college football, including #1 vs #2 “game of the century” in South Bend in 1993.

They’ll meet on the United Center hardwood Sunday night, with a NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance on the line. Expect a tough, physical and very defensive-minded game. The Seminoles specialize in defense, and they have their main weapon back in junior forward Chris Singleton. The 6-9 forward is the ACC’s Defensive Player of the year, and a probable NBA Draft pick.

By Paul M. Banks

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Notre Dame Beats Akron in Atypical #2 vs. #15 Game

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It wasn’t a typical #15 vs. #2 NCAA Tournament game, but that’s what college basketball is all about. Especially this time of year. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish won by double digits, 69-56, but they didn’t win by the margin Vegas expected them to.

And it wasn’t easy. They were never to able to get ahead by more than 16, and the Akron Zips cut it to five on two occasions late in the second half.

“It took us a long time to get away from them because they’re old, they’re smart, and they play well defensively, ” Irish Coach Mike Brey said.

“I think we can still use tape as a teaching tool.”

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