Thursday, April 07, 2011

The Returning Jayhawks UPDATED

Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson announced yesterday that they are both returning to KU next season, for their senior and junior years, respectively. 

No word yet on disappointing but highly touted Josh Selby or the Morris twins.  The Morris twins, pending a formal announcement, seem likely to leave immediately for the NBA based on their skill, age, an expected weak draft class.  Surprisingly, Selby seems likely to test the NBA waters as well, but maybe the young guard will return for another year where he can contribute more.

As a rule of thumb, I want to see college players stay all four years.  Taylor's decision to return for his senior year is great.  But I understand the Morris twins leaving while their stock is high, and their leaving opens the way for Thomas Robinson to fully develop, where otherwise he'd stay on the bench.  Robinson's brief consideration of the NBA is based purely on potential rather than demonstrated production (much like Selby).  I prefer to see a college player develop his skills in college and enter the pros as a more complete player, which I think Robinson surely will be.  I hope to see Robinson surpass Marcus Morris and become a Wayne Simeon or Nick Collison type of player, especially if he stays all four years.

UPDATE: The Morris twins announced Thursday that they are hiring an agent and going to the NBA.

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