Stay or leave? (cue Dave Matthews guitar)

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As we all know, the SEC was battered and beaten up by critics this year mainly because the West was so putrid.

Tomorrow we find out whether or not Alabama and Georgia get in. If they do, six teams isn’t bad for a down conference.

But let’s look to next season. Will the conference be better?

Well, it depends. Who declares for the NBA Draft and who stays?

One reason Florida was so good this year is it had three seniors, two of whom were with the program for four years. The Gators shouldn’t lose anybody early, although there have been some discussions that the NBA scouts love Patric Young’s body.

If the league is going to be a force next season and get those important non-conference wins, it will have to catch some breaks. You figure Renardo Sidney is gone for Mississippi State but Dee Bost says he’ll be back. Kentucky probably will lose at least one, maybe two and possibly three one-and-doners.

Vandy’s juniors aren’t committed to coming back, according to a story I read in the Nashville Tennessean last week. Travis Leslie and Trey Thompkins could both leave Georgia. Does JaMychal Green bolt from Alabama? Tobias Harris and Scotty Hopson from Tennessee?

And you never know about transfers (see: Ben Hansbrough).

The league has some really good players coming in, but it needs some guys to stay as well.

5 COMMENTS

  1. You’re right, of course. And given the transitions likely to occur with Georgia, Tennessee (maybe a new coach?), Kentucky and Alabama, prospects look bright for another run for the Gators, don’t you think? Patrick Young reports he’ll be back. Put him with Eric Murphy in the front court, Boynton and Walker in the backcourt. Then figure out where Rosario, Wilbekin, Beal, Prather, Yeguette and Larson fit. Plus Pitchford. A team young but loaded. Do you think this is the “continued building” Billy Donovan talked about when he assessed where his program was after the second nat’l title team finished up?

  2. Part of me likes to see some of those guys go, but on the other hand, we need Harris and Hopson and some of the other talented guys in this league stay. I think we’re going to be good enough to take on all opponents next year, even with the loss of the big 3.

  3. I think the guys on opposing teams are ready for the NBA and should all leave. I think Patric Y should stay at least two years to fully develope like Noah and Horford so he can have a long and prosperous career. My opinion is fair and balanced just like Fox News.

  4. Harris (UT), Knight,Jones and Kantor(UK), Leslie and Thompkins (UGA) and Taylor (Vandy) all predicted to be first rounders by Hoopsworld Mock Draft. This particular draft has proved to be extremely accurate over the last few years so I expect these guys to be gone. Hopkins and Sydney projected 2nd rounders so it would probably be best for them to stay. Sadly, no mention of Parsons, Macklin or Tyus.