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lbWell the deadline for declaring for the NBA draft has come and gone.Underclassmen can still withdraw from the draft but if you haven’t gotten your name in the hat yet then it is too late to try now.

coleRumor has it thatCole Aldrich, Al-Forouq Aminu, Jerome Jordan, Craig Brackens and Willie Warren are not going to be in the this draft.

That makes this year’s class about as weak as has been seen since Stromile Swift came out as the #2 pick in the 2000 draft. That draft had one of the worst success rates of any in NBA history especially for the lottery picks. Does anyone remember that AMrcus Fiser, DerMarr Johnson, and Jerome Moiso were all lottery picks in that draft?

Does anyone want to remember that Memphis has had a shocking number of players on their team from that draft. After Stromile the list includes Chris Mihm, Mike Miller, Jason Collins, Jake Tsakalidis, Brian Cardinal, Darius Miles and Marco Jaric.

One can only hope that doesn’t end up happening with this draft as well. Memphis already has two #1 picks and their own 2nd rd pick but many fans are hoping to see a trade made to bring in veteran talent in exchange for the picks.

The good news is that those entering the draft should be better players than the 2000 class. Entering the draft will be Memphis’ Tyreke Evans, Blake Griffin, Hasheem Thabeet and Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio. Also declaring for the draft are UNC’s Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington. Ellington and Lawson will join fellow Tarheel Tyler Hansbrough as likely 1st round picks in the draft. Ed Davis, the 6-10 PF from UNC, is returning to school however.

Just because players are declaring for the draft doesn’t mean they will remain in the draft. Players have until 4:00 PM CST on June 15th to withdraw from the draft and retain their college eligibility as long as they haven’t signed with an agent.

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