Wednesday, May 24th at 11:59 p.m. ET was the deadline for all prospective NBA players to pull out of the NBA Draft.
There were a few surprises, the biggest of which was North Carolina’s Tony Bradley deciding to stay in the Draft pool.
Bradley became the first Tar Heel to leave after his freshman season for the NBA since Brandan Wright in 2008. Bradley becomes just the second one-and-done of Williams’ tenure at UNC. Think about that.
The other part that makes that noteworthy is that Bradley didn’t even start a game for UNC last season and came off the bench. It’s hard to gauge his body of work when he was subbed-in for Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks – two former McDonald’s All-Americans who stayed all for years in Chapel Hill.
Bradley would have been the Tar Heels’ best frontcourt player and one of the top returning sophomores in the country. Now? Who knows where he lands – if he lands – on an NBA roster on June 22nd.
UNC Is Not The Place For You If You’re A One-And-Done
The other two are a little more shocking for different reasons.
We had both players going late in the first round in the mock draft we released.
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Moritz Wagner, who we had going 30th to the Utah Jazz has decided to stay in Ann Arbor for his junior year.
The 6-foot-11 forward from Germany started all 38 games for the Wolverines in 2016-17, averaging 12 points and four rebounds per game. Wagner made 45 3-pointers, shooting 40-percent from behind the arc.
Michigan finished the season well after a slow start, winning the Big 10 title and making it all the way to the Sweet 16.
Wagner’s return gives UM the confidence that last year wasn’t a fluke and they should fare just as well or better in 2017-18 than they did this past season.
Trevon Bluiett staying at Xavier for his senior year, which means the Musketeers are going to likely crack the pre-season top 25 list. Individually, Bluiett will make a bunch of pre-season All-American lists himself and has a strong possibility of graduating as an All-American. He raised his average from 11 points per game as a freshman to 18.5 ppg last season, and if that trend continues, he could be sitting at 20 ppg this year.