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May 6, 2008
Going pro isn't the right choice for everyone
VIDEO: Best and worst decisions to turn pro
Of the 69 players who are early entrants to the 2008 NBA draft, there were only a handful of easy decisions.
But most of the early entrants had to weigh all sorts of factors, from where they will be drafted to which other players are entering the draft. They also had to consider if they could raise their stock by staying in school, and if so, by how much? That meant projecting what their teams will look like in 2008-09. Some had to think about supporting their families financially.
Then came the most important question of all: To sign or not to sign with an agent. Once a college athlete does sign with an agent he forfeits his eligibility.
After sorting through all those factors and more, we came up with the five best and worst decisions to enter the draft. We explain why each player fell into each category below.
G Mario Chalmers, Kansas
F/G Lee Cummard, BYU
F Donte Greene, Syracuse
G Lester Hudson, UT-Martin
C Brook Lopez, Stanford
F J.J. Hickson, N.C. State
F Davon Jefferson, USC
C Robin Lopez, Stanford
C/F Marreese Speights, Florida
F Bill Walker, Kansas State
Andrew Skwara is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.