Regardless of the validity of the NBA’s age rule, it’s clear the league’s policy allowing underclassman to withdraw from the draft should be applauded.
Tyler Smith became the latest underclassman to take advantage of that option, announcing he plans to return for his senior season at UT today during a news conference in Knoxville.
Smith averaged 15.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, and 3.4 apg last season for the Vols. He is without question one of the best all-around players in College Hoops and should dominate what will be a horrid SEC next season.
After playing mostly on the perimeter during his freshman season at the University of Iowa, Smith has played inside for Bruce Pearl throughout the last two seasons.
His shot needs a ton of work and his ball-handling could use some improvement as well. I expect Smith to be a first-round pick in 2010.
Stay tuned for more updates on late withdrawals from the NBA draft – players have until June 15th to remove their names from the draft pool.