1. Gordon Hayward, F, Butler
Projected: 10 to 30
Outlook: A nucleus of Shelvin Mack, Matt Howard and Ronald Nored would probably be enough to lead Butler to another Horizon League title and NCAA tournament berth, but the Bulldogs need Hayward back to have a realistic chance at another Final Four. Hayward is reportedly interviewing agents but remains undecided. Hayward's father, Gordon Sr., said the family has been told their son would be drafted between 10th and 20th overall, though most projections have him as a mid-to-late first rounder.
2. JaJuan Johnson, F, Purdue, E'Twaun Moore, G, Purdue
Projected: 31 to undrafted, likely undrafted
Outlook: It's possible an NBA team would take a second-round chance on a springy 6-foot-10 forward like Johnson, but either of these juniors would be giving up a lot if they chose to enter the draft. If Robbie Hummel returns to his pre-injury form and Johnson and Moore come back for their senior year, Purdue could begin the season in the preseason top five and make the Final Four run it was deprived of last season. If Johnson and/or Moore bolt, the Boilers probably fall back to the middle of the Big Ten.
3. Jordan Crawford, G, Xavier
Projected: 20 to 50
You can't overstate the importance of Crawford's decision for Xavier. The Musketeers would return their entire Sweet 16 team with the exception of Jason Love and have as good a backcourt as anyone in the nation with with Crawford and Terrell Holloway. Crawford intends to leave if he hears what he wants to from NBA executives, but it's unclear whether he needs a first-round guarantee to turn pro. He of all people should know the difficulties of making the league without a guaranteed contract considering his brother Joe's travails as a former Lakers second-round pick.
4. Demetri McCamey, G, Illinois
Projected: 31 to undrafted
There's no drawback to McCamey and fellow junior Mike Davis dipping their toes into the NBA waters, but the potential reward for coming back to school for both could be great. An Illinois team that narrowly missed the NCAA tournament last season would likely contend for the Big Ten title along with Michigan State and perhaps Purdue and Ohio State if both return. McCamey, who said he'll leave if he's projected to be a first-round pick, is a likely second-rounder at this point. Davis has said he's 50-50 at this point, but he would likely go undrafted.
5. Jeremy Hazell, G, Herb Pope, F, Jeff Robinson, F, Seton Hall
Projected: 45 to undrafted
Seton Hall's immediate future looked bleak when three underclassmen who accounted for 44 points and 19 rebounds a game last season announced they were turning pro, but the dismissal of coach Bobby Gonzalez and the arrival of Kevin Willard has changed their thought process. All three are reportedly undecided and while their return wouldn't make Seton Hall a Final Four contender, it would certainly vault the Pirates into the upper half of the Big East. Pope is the most likely to be drafted, but Hazell might be the most likely to leave.
Other big decisions:
Devin Ebanks, F, West Virginia – Projected First-rounder is likely NBA-bound
Avery Bradley, G, Texas – If Bradley leaves, Texas has a replacement in highly touted recruit Cory Joseph
Terrico White, G, Mississippi – White could sneak into the first round if he leaves this year, but the 6-foot-5 sophomore might be a lottery pick next season.
Jimmer Fredette, G, BYU – The high-scoring junior is 99 percent back unless someone surprises him with a first-round guarantee
Malcolm Delaney, G, Virginia Tech – The smart decision would be for Delaney to wait until next year and a potentially not-so-deep draft.
Chris Wright, F, Dayton – Is the late second round worth forgoing your senior year for? Dayon hopes Wright doesn't think so.
Kevin Anderson, G, Richmond – Like Fredette, Anderson seems highly likely to return next season.
- Gordon Hayward