- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009


“She was overjoyed when she saw me.” - Bill Murray in complete sincerity after he snap-hooked a drive so severely at the Outback Pro-Am that it crossed the street adjacent to the hole and struck a woman

TAKE YOUR PICK: Which underclassman is making the biggest NBA Draft mistake?

Cole Aldrich, Kansas (returning) It’s a pretty deep draft at the top for bigs with Blake Griffin, Hasheem Thabeet and Jordan Hill, but Aldrich is ready.

Paul Harris, Syracuse (declared, no agent) We hear the NBA is just dying for 6-foot-4 small forwards who can’t shoot. Is this guy serious?

Mac Koshwal, DePaul (declared, no agent) — Again, is this guy serious? We wonder whether the exceedingly raw center will return to school if the right people tell him he has an average post game, plays no defense and exhibits little heart.

Ty Lawson, North Carolina (undecided) ACC player of the year? Check. Bob Cousy Award? Check. National title? Check. He has absolutely nothing left to accomplish in college.

B.J. Mullens, Ohio State (declared, agent) — He wasn’t good enough to start for a marginal group of Buckeyes, and this stiff thinks he’s ready for the NBA?

DaJuan Summers, Georgetown (declared, agent) — Brings new meaning to the saying: “Looks like Tarzan. Plays like Jane.”

Greivis Vasquez, Maryland (declared, no agent) Scouts almost categorically think his swagger and attitude are potentially far more trouble than his game is worth.

Our take —Each and every one of these guys is making a mistake, though Lawson is expected to announce he’s turning pro before the April 26 deadline. If he returns to Chapel Hill, he would top the list because he will never be hotter. Aldrich and Vasquez are both NBA players, but the wrong one is making the jump. Neither Harris nor Koshwal is D-League material, so both should be back in the Big East. Among those who have signed agents, at least Summers has had a few moments. Mullens? It just doesn’t make sense.

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