I was wondering about Luol going pro. Ive heard mixed feelings on the two, I remember hearing he was going to do what Okafor is doing and I have heard he will be entering the draft this year also. Anybody know for sure?
If he declared he would definitely be a top 10 pick, maybe top 5. He is very polished for a freshman, and think he could be an impact player in the NBA next year. If he declared, I would doubt that Charlotte would pass him up.
Career-wise, if I were him, I would make the jump and finish my credits later. If he is guaranteed a top 10 choice and returns, it may not be wise choice. Deng runs the risk of getting injured in college and losing his guaranteed money - remember Chris Marcus. Many players have completed their degrees while pro. If I were his business advisor, and he was guaranteed a lottery contract, I would tell him to jump.
Same w/ Ray Felton. I would tell him to jump while his stock his high.
From a career standpoint there is no reason he should stay in school. I think he could benifit from another year at Duke though, he hasn't impressed me nearly as much as Carmelo did last year. He's good, but I think he could benifit from another year under Coach K.
He is starring, as a true freshman no less, on the #1 team in the nation. He is an ideal pro SF. He may not be as dominant as Carmelo, but probably is just as polished. He has a very well-rounded, balanced game. Couple that w/ great court sense, good athleticism, good size (6'8 220) and you have an NBA All-Star in the making. He is a pretty sure thing in this year's draft.
P.S. Before playing one game, Coach K called him the best player on his team. Remember that Duke squad is carrying Chris Duhon, JJ Reddick, Shelden Williams, Daniel Ewing, Shavlik Randolph, Sean Dockery, etc.