DeAndre Daniels is heading to the NBA. Ryan Boatright is staying in Storrs. Both are probably the correct decisions.
According to a pair of mock draft sites, Daniels could go in the late first round. NBAdraft.net has him going to Houston with the 25th overall pick, while DraftExpress.com foresees him going No. 27 to Phoenix.
Two veteran NBA scouts, however, aren’t so sure Daniels will land in the first round
“I don’t know if he’s had enough of a body of work for
the next level,” said an Eastern Conference scout. “Obviously, he helped himself
out in the NCAA tournament. He’s got NBA length, NBA athleticism, a decent
skill set, he played very well late in the season. But he hasn’t demonstrated
consistently high-level play. He’s too in-and-out, too much time missing in
action, which I think will make him a second-rounder.”
Added a Western Conference scout: “I don’t think it’s a
good decision. I know he had a good tournament, maybe someone got caught up in the
hype. I could be out of the mainstream on that. What’s the guy weigh, 180
pounds? That’s kinda silly. He’s got to get a lot stronger. Maybe he’s getting
some better advice than I know about. Maybe he would be a late first-round
pick. I could be all wrong on that one. I haven’t really re-calibrated since
the hype of the Final Four.”
Boatright, meanwhile, is probably making the right choice by staying for his senior season. He likely wouldn't have been drafted this year, but a strong year, in which he can prove his leadership skills without Shabazz Napier around, could boost his stock.
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