Knight, Liggins and Jones All Declare

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koun Dog View Post
    Liggins is 23 years old, has a baby and his stock will never be higher. He is gone.
    He has a Pregnant Fiancee that is coming back, why cant his stock grow anymore?
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    Quote Originally Posted by formerkywrestler View Post
    I'm not dismissing Liggins making an NBA team. He has great D and has proven he will bust his butt to improve.


    A guy that can defend like Liggins can find a spot in the league. There's no guarantee he will, but it gives him a chance. He seems to have a good work ethic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePride92 View Post
    He wanted you to believe he was putting an emphasis on academics and you believed it. If he was that concerned about his academics then he would have announced immediately after the UConn loss he was coming back to school to complete his education.
    Did he tell you that ? I think that he will go as well but to say to someone exactly what he was thinking and why, dang you're good .
    Knight I believed carried a 4pt. gpa, that tells me that academics are important to him. Like I said, I think that he will go very high and will remain in the draft as well. I wish him well if that is his decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koun Dog View Post
    Liggins is 23 years old, has a baby and his stock will never be higher. He is gone.
    With the season that he had I agree with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5wide View Post


    A guy that can defend like Liggins can find a spot in the league. There's no guarantee he will, but it gives him a chance. He seems to have a good work ethic.
    I skeptical of how well he can really defend at the NBA level. The talent gap is enormous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldrambler View Post
    Did he tell you that ? I think that he will go as well but to say to someone exactly what he was thinking and why, dang you're good .
    Knight I believed carried a 4pt. gpa, that tells me that academics are important to him. Like I said, I think that he will go very high and will remain in the draft as well. I wish him well if that is his decision.

    Not in his words but in his actions he did. If he was that concerned with his education then why is he even contemplating leaving? There aren't any MWF classes in the NBA. Any kid leaving college after one year regardless of his GPA tells me he isn't too concerned with his education and it definitely isn't the priority in his life that he led you to believe. If he would have came out as soon as the season was over and said "my education is important to me and I have at least another year of school before I graduate so I am not leaving until I graduate" then I believe him. Obviously basketball is way more important to him than his education. And in his case it should be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerTime View Post
    I skeptical of how well he can really defend at the NBA level. The talent gap is enormous.
    That's a valid point. If he can carry it to the next level, I think he can earn a spot somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePride92 View Post
    Not in his words but in his actions he did. If he was that concerned with his education then why is he even contemplating leaving? There aren't any MWF classes in the NBA. Any kid leaving college after one year regardless of his GPA tells me he isn't too concerned with his education and it definitely isn't the priority in his life that he led you to believe. If he would have came out as soon as the season was over and said "my education is important to me and I have at least another year of school before I graduate so I am not leaving until I graduate" then I believe him. Obviously basketball is way more important to him than his education. And in his case it should be.
    He proved to me academics are important by carying a 4.0. Just because he is going to the NBA doesn't mean he frowns upon education. I would say with the recent players coming back and his stock being high, this is the "Smartest" decision he can make for himself and his future. I will be willing to bet Knight graduates college before he turns 23...which is like a lot of us!

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    Will a Mod please fix the title to this thread. It's driving me crazy. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by okie1 View Post
    He proved to me academics are important by carying a 4.0. Just because he is going to the NBA doesn't mean he frowns upon education. I would say with the recent players coming back and his stock being high, this is the "Smartest" decision he can make for himself and his future. I will be willing to bet Knight graduates college before he turns 23...which is like a lot of us!

    I never said he frowns upon his education. I am saying it isn't as much of a factor/important enough to him to keep him in school. Some folks on this board and not on this board make Brandon Knight out to be this 'education first' kind of person and to me that is a false belief. I never said he wasn't smart I just am not buying that he is overly concerned about his education because if he was he'd come back like Harrison Barnes did. Sure he is smart enough to go now but he is also smart enough to know that the NBA isn't going anywhere. It just seems to me that if he was that worried about his education he wouldn't be testing the waters he'd be finshing his education. Before he is 21. If he finishes before he is 23, which is possible, my hats off to him. If he takes classes during the lockout I'll be impressed and recant my statement. Why leave and take classes during the lockout though? Why not just stay and play ball and take classes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jvdfc View Post
    Will a Mod please fix the title to this thread. It's driving me crazy. LOL.



    Me too.




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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePride92 View Post
    He wanted you to believe he was putting an emphasis on academics and you believed it. If he was that concerned about his academics then he would have announced immediately after the UConn loss he was coming back to school to complete his education.
    I think academics are important to him...and I dare say he will have his degree within 5-7 years, but that doesn't mean the NBA isn't more important. I hoped he would stay, but I understand the decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePride92 View Post
    I never said he frowns upon his education. I am saying it isn't as much of a factor/important enough to him to keep him in school. Some folks on this board and not on this board make Brandon Knight out to be this 'education first' kind of person and to me that is a false belief. I never said he wasn't smart I just am not buying that he is overly concerned about his education because if he was he'd come back like Harrison Barnes did. Sure he is smart enough to go now but he is also smart enough to know that the NBA isn't going anywhere. It just seems to me that if he was that worried about his education he wouldn't be testing the waters he'd be finshing his education. Before he is 21. If he finishes before he is 23, which is possible, my hats off to him. If he takes classes during the lockout I'll be impressed and recant my statement. Why leave and take classes during the lockout though? Why not just stay and play ball and take classes?
    I agree with most of this post. I don't think we can make the assumption that Barnes is coming back for academics though. Not saying he isn't, as I have no idea about the kid. I've never met him. I think some people just love the college scene (I would be one of those) and some are ready to get paid. I wish we (UK) had some that loved the college scene more than getting paid.

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    I think all three are gone for sure. Anyone that says Liggins has no shot at getting drafted, I'll take that action ALL day long.

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    Alec Burks and Tristan Thompson, two guys that could knock Jones down in the draft, have both delcared for the draft today.

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