Do you feel Dion Waiters and Fab Melo leave Cuse this year for the league? Not asking if they should, I think most people agree they would benefit by returning, especially after how much they improved since last season. Both should be locks for the first round, and the orange's rotation isn't getting any thinner. Right now I feel the biggest factors on their decisions are going to be success in the tournament (if they win it all) and incoming recruits (Dajuan Colemans already committed, and there are talks of Nerlens Noel giving Cuse strong consideration).
Honestly, I think at least Waiters should enter the draft. This draft is not stacked with guard depth and teams could honestly use a guy who can score with a NBA ready frame. I really like Waiters strength as a SG and feel he is a first round lock, who could go in the top 15.
I am not so sure I do not like him more than Doron Lamb and Terrence Ross, who are both ahead of him on the current Mock Draft. If Syracuse has a star, to me, it is Waiters. Kris Joseph is obviously incredibly valuable and their leading scorer, but Waiters is a fantastic scorer and plays a crucial role for Cuse.
Melo could enter, but I am not sure that he is a lock. This draft will not have many true centers beyond Tyler Zeller, with Andre Drummond and Meyers Leonard being heavy possibilities to enter as well. But, with the academic issues that Fab had, mixed with the fact that he is getting possible first round buzz, he might bounce as well. I am not as high on Fab as many on the board seem to be, but he is a huge body that I am sure some teams would gamble on.
he is going to be the steal of the draft in a few years. it seems like very few shooting guards can drive with the tenacity he does and still have a good enough shot to keep people honest. Melo should leave because he's big and will be a top 15 pick. He may not develop anymore and just reminds you of Thabeet. He's more fluid and a better player as far as offense so he can get better. He has legit size but was not the defender Thabeet was. I never see him get the ball back to the basket and college ball doesnt make big men better. It's 3's or fast breaks. Sullinger is still the only big in college whose offense is designed to get him the ball on the block, no wonder why he came back. He knew he would get even more looks and that cant be said for most college bigs. When has Melo ever got a true isolation post up, double team came, he kicked it out and then reposted and got another entry pass. Never, if he stays he gets more offensive rebound dunks, dish offs down low where a guard did everything, Triche 3's and 18 foot jumpers. I would rather get paid and have my own footwork coach on a team at the cusp of the playoffs.
I doubt that. He'll probably be a first rounder, but I think this draft has way to much quality for Melo to go that high.
Division 2 player at Shaw University in Raleigh,NC
Was the #1 JUCO recruit last year, before getting kicked off his team and not qualyfying for Oklahoma State.
6'7 240, has been pegged as an NBA player since his JR year of HS.
Reports are he's entering the draft this year, has a year left after this year, interesting to see what happens.
I've watched 20+ Cuse games this year so here's my two cents.
Dion Waiters is one of the best scorers, defenders, and athletes to come to Syracuse in a long time. He provides a scoring threat off the bench this year. Early on in the season, he just would not miss. I believe around January 1 or so, he was shooting 54% from the field. Right now his 48% from the field, 33% from three, and 68% from the line. It could be that the Big East compeitition is better, but I think a major factor is his shot selection. He'll try to drive past his guy and take a shot over two bigs. He'll pull up from three before even working it inside or swinging it around the perimiter. I see Waiters as being more of a slasher in the NBA, but he does have a solid jumper.
I think Waiters will return, to improve his draft stock. He's currently probably a 15-30 pick. I think with increased playing time next season, he can show us what he is truly capable of.
As for Fab Melo, he is a very intriguing prospect. He gets 8-6-3 in the 2-3 zone. I think he has the ability to definitely improve on both sides of the ball. He just started playing in high school, and just finally got in shape this year. He's definitely very raw, but he shows good promise. He's shooting 57% from the field, and 66% from the free throw line (30% improvement from freshmen year. He just came off a 12 foul shot streak, where he just would not miss.) Melo has developing range, a good NBA body, and draws charges.
I think Melo is more likely to go than Waiters. Melo could sneak into the lottery, if a team wants to take a chance on Melo towards 10-14 range. Because of the lack of centers in the league, I think he wouldn't fall further than 25. He is a toss up as of now. I think he should stay one more year at least to work on not fouling as much, rebounding, and improve his range on his jumper.
There are plenty of other variables to consider. Will Melo bolt because of the academic issues? Will Waiters and / or Melo have a terrific NCAA tourney, and propel into a lotto lock? I think even Dion and Fab haven't made their minds up yet.
On a side note, if Melo does declare for the NBA, that may make Syracuse more intriguing for Nerlens Noel. As long as one of Melo or Noel is on Cuse next year, I'll be a happy camper. If both are, give us the 2013 championship now haha.
I agree that this draft will have a lot of talent. But nobody knows for sure who will declare. If enough people remain in college, some guys projected 15-25 range could move up into the lottery. Melo has a strong chance to. Teams like the Rockets, Hornets, Trailblazers, Cavs, and Celtcs could all have picks between 10-20. I think each would strongly consider grabbing Fab Melo if he was the best Center prospect available.
Melo will be a better pick then people think right now, because he has a clear role in the league as a shotblocker and defender. I know he's projected higher, but i dont see a clear cut role for Zeller as of now.