Becoming a lasting player in the NBA as a 2nd round choice is an uphill battle.
The NBDL guys don't make much. Less than 50k unless they're under contract and sent down. Europe money is nothing to sneeze at, however. But, a lot of foreign teams pay very incentive-based contracts. There's a guy from Middletown and Wright State named Bill Edwards who had one great year and it happened to coincide with a year his team won a Euro championship and he said he made enough that one season to retire on. And he lives quite nicely nowadays.
When all is said and done more is said than done.
It's probably easier than transferring. I don't see how staying an extra year or two under Cronin's coaching staff benefits him.
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Yea big blow to UC.
Big mistake by Lance Stephenson. He was nowhere the player his press made him out to be. Playing for Cronin didn't help.
And a bigger mistake to hire an agent. He should go through the draft process and see where he lands and then make a decision.
Kind of makes you wonder is he has the grades to stay in school. Dontonio Wingfield had to go pro because he wasn't going to class. When these kids come to school thinking it's one and done, they don't care about passing classes
Hard for me to get upset at Lance for leaving at this point. He has said that having a young daughter (2 yrs. old) was a big factor in wanting to get paid while developing instead of playing college basketball. He may only make a little next season, but he will make more than he gets playing at UC. Hope he has a great career wherever he ends up. Hopefully Mick can pull in some good players for next season because he is gonna need them.
Last edited by SeeinRed; 04-09-2010 at 09:36 AM.
I'm an XU fan but watched a lot of UC down the stretch. When Cronin unleashed Stephenson at MSG and basically ran the LeBron offense at the end of the UofL and WVU games there was no one on the court that could keep him from getting to the rim. But during the NIT it looked like he was switched off. Hopefully the dude can get his head in the right place this offseason and, if he's not drafted into a good situation, go overseas, bank some money, and build up a reputation for a return to the States in a few years.
However, I do not think I can say he is making a mistake. Like you I don't know the circumstances he is under. As fans we can say he shouldn't go and he isn't ready, but we can't say he is making the wrong decision IMO because we just don't know. I respect the decision he made, especially if it is made because he feels the responsibility to support his young daughter. Lance seemed like a good kid and I wish him nothing but the best. Thats all I'm saying.
Cronin's offense, if you want to call it that, doesn't really favor Lance's style of play either. Half the time when he started to play well, Cronin would bench him for some stupid reason.
I'm a UC fan, so I wanted to say, but I get why he didn't. Cronin probably gets fired after next year, the incoming recruiting class is pretty pathetic for Big East standards. As the team stands now, they will be lucky to in 5 Big East games next season, if that.