Originally Posted by 5TimeWSChamps
Biggest misconception out there.
Practicing 20 hours a week while going to school =/= Basketball as a full-time job.
He will get better going to the pros than staying in college.
I agree with this. I also think there's a misconception about "being ready"
The difference an extra year of college makes for a player is that he's more ready to play up to his contract from day one of his contract.
And the distinction is important, If Noel were to return to UK, he'd of course be a more desired draft prospect the 2nd year.
But if he could return to the draft a year after being drafted and training with his NBA team for a year, he'd be a more desired draft prospect too.
But since the second scenario can't happen, Noel is left with this choice, How much more valuable after a sophomore season than he will be this June? I can't believe that he'd be that much more valuable. Especially when you complicate the analysis with things like time-value of money and other financial considerations.