Syracuse Orange forward Jerami Grant will leave school after his sophomore season to enter the 2014 NBA Draft reports Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel, and the Boston Globe's Jake Fischer reports that Michigan Wolverines swingman Glenn Robinson III will do the same. According to CBS Sports' Gary Parrish, Robinson hasn't told the Michigan coaching staff of his decision.
So how do the players project, and where do their schools find themselves after the decisions?
Grant leaves Orange in deeper rebuild
2014 NBA Draft
2014 NBA Draft
The athletic forward enters the NBA Draft after a sophomore season that saw him average 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, but it's his defensive abilities at a thin 6'8, 210 pounds that has NBA scouts intrigued about his potential. Currently, he's projected by DraftExpress as the 20th overall pick this year.
Jim Boeheim will be losing quite a bit from his team that spent a good deal of time atop the college basketball rankings this past season. C.J. Fair and reserve big man Baye-Moussa Keita have graduated, and Grant joins freshman point guard Tyler Ennis on the way out the door. Center DaJuan Coleman and forward Rakeem Christmas return, but the Orange will rely upon current freshman Tyler Roberson or incoming five-star freshman Chris McCullough to fill in where Grant leaves off. Additionally, incoming recruit Kaleb Joseph might challenge for minutes at the point guard spot.
Robinson's departure hands reins to LeVert
Glenn Robinson III projects as a high second-round pick, according to DraftExpress' current mock draft. He averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in 2013-14 but saw his efficiency drop off. After shooting 57 percent as a freshman and 32 percent from three-point range, Robinson hit 49 percent of his shots and 31 percent from deep.
The 6'6 swingman leaves Michigan likely without two of its best players from the past season. The undersized Wolverines could lose shooting guard Nik Stauskas, whose status is up in the air. But John Beilein will likely have fellow sophomore and talented wing Caris LeVert back next season after he averaged 13 points per game and shot 41 percent from three-point range, and freshman Zak Irvin will likely see a big bump in minutes.
Caris LeVert should have a prominent role with the Wolverines next season/Photo credit: Andy Lyons
Harrell's return gives Pitino solid frontcourt
Harrell averaged 14 points and 8.4 rebounds during his sophomore season and returns to school despite projecting as a top-20 pick after this past season. He had 12 double-doubles in 2013-14 and scored in double figures in his last 12 games of the season.
Russ Smith and Luke Hancock were big losses for the Cardinals, but Rick Pitino still has a good deal of size and experience returning in the frontcourt this season. Harrell will join freshmen Mangok Mathiang and Akoy Agau in a trio that will make up for the loss of Hancock and Stephan Van Treese.