The Sophomores Can't Wait Any Longer to Get to the NBA

You thought that 13 freshmen in the NBA Draft was a lot, compared to 8 last year? Wrong. The big leap came from the number of sophomores who have had their fill of college. Last year, only 5 sophomores turned pro. Not this year. Like the freshmen, the lucky 13 are not going back to their school.

  1. D.J. Augustin, Texas
  2. JaVale McGee, Nevada
  3. Brook Lopez, Stanford
  4. Robin Lopez, Stanford
  5. Russell Westbrook, UCLA
  6. Marreese Speights, Florida
  7. Ryan Anderson, Cal
  8. Darrell Arthur, Kansas
  9. Derrick Caracter, Louisville
  10. Walter Sharpe, UAB
  11. *Jason Bennett, Tallahassee Community College
  12. *Keith Brumbaugh, Hillsborough Community College
  13. *Kiwan Smith, Redlands Community College

Even if you don't count the 3 players who got through community college, that's still a 100% increase over last year. Most of the players nearly came out after last season.

It seems that in year two of the one-and-done restriction, the freshmen and sophomores are beginning to charge back into the draft. Makes those columns from last year talking about how upperclassmen were making a comeback in the NBA draft look a little dated.

According to the official list by the NBA on the Draft, Caracter, Bennett and Smith all pulled their names before the deadline. That drops the number to 10 sophomores. Still a significant jump, but a little lower.

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