The NBA draft takes place on June 28th at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. A few college superstars will become NBA superstars in the near future. Unfortunately, many others will become also-rans, either ending up the 12th man on the bench or in the D-league. Granted, it’s still a huge chunk of cash salary-wise, but not what many of the draftees expected. Some never reach their potential due to injury (Greg Oden), or lack of overall game (Michael Olowokandi). Others, such as Steve Blake, are fortunate enough to have lasted in the league for 10+ years on heart, basketball intelligence, and the ability to shoot the “3”. Greveis Vazquez became more of a passer and less of a shooter, and was able to increase his playing time and his overall abilities by doing so.
Terrell Stoglin is hoping to be selected on Thursday during the NBA Draft. He has worked out with a few teams, and there is a possibility that he will be drafted. However, Stoglin shoots too much, passes too little, and doesn’t play defense. In other words, he’ll be perfect for the NBA.
Stoglin took 38% of Maryland’s shots last year, hitting 41% including 38% from 3-point range. He averaged nearly four rebounds per game and less than two assists. Positively, Stoglin was a very strong player in the clutch for a young team without a true leader. He could carry the team when they needed it, much like Vazquez two years earlier. But, unlike Vazquez, he doesn’t have the size, nor apparently the maturity. Stoglin, had he stayed at Maryland, would have been suspended for the upcoming season for “violating school policy”. This wasn’t the first violation, nor even the second. It appears that if Stoglin would have stayed there any longer, the school would have had to change their name to “Mari-” land. Which is why Stoglin decided to enter the draft.
Stoglin may be better off sitting out the season, and coming back in 2013-2014. Let’s take a look at the past, when Maryland players have entered the draft early. Chris Wilcox came out after his sophomore year (the championship season of 2002). Although he played in the NBA for nearly 10 years, he never reached the potential expected of him when drafted in the first round by the Clippers. Jordan Williams came out after his sophomore year with even less skills than Wilcox. He was drafted by the New Jersey Nets and averaged 4.3 points a game after his first season. I think that if these two had stayed in college another year and honed their skills, their future could have been (Wilcox) and will be (Williams) brighter. I believe that this would also be the case with Stoglin. At 6’1″, he will have to work much harder to get an open shot against the faster, quicker, and usually taller NBA guards. Without the passing skills necessary, it will be difficult for him keep defenders further away in fear of passing the ball to the open man. He needs to mature both physically and mentally to become a star in the NBA.
Stoglin is another “too fast, too soon” college player who will struggle to be successful in the National Basketball Association. Thursday we will see if the league agrees.