Junior guard Jeremy Green has declared his eligibility for June’s 2011 NBA Draft. He has decided not to hire an agent, which will allow him to withdraw from the draft and return to Stanford if he decides to do so by May 8. Considering the short amount of time between today’s decision and the withdrawal deadline, it appears that Green could be all in for heading for the pros.
Green was a First Team All-PAC-10 selection and led the Card with just under 17 points per game in 2010-11. But as we’ve noted before, Green’s junior season was largely a disappointment. Nearly all of his statistics in important fields either stayed the same or regressed compared with his numbers from 2009-10, when Landry Fields opened up open spots on the floor for players like Green. In his first season as the top scoring option and the leader of the team, Green also suffered what appeared to be several emotional collapses, in which he finished games with a towel over his head or shuffled off the floor with his head down, unwilling to high-five Stanford fans seated near the tunnel.
Green is currently away from Stanford due to a university-imposed academic suspension. Although head coach Johnny Dawkins anticipates that Green will be eligible to return to Stanford and play for the Card come fall, the suspension may have played a role in Green’s decision to test his prospects in the draft.
The major draft analysis services have Green slotted outside of the top 100 prospects for a draft with only 60 selections. If Green chooses to stay eligible and not return to school, he will need to impress teams in workouts over the next several weeks or seek opportunities to play professionally overseas.
Green’s departure would also damage the hopes of the Card for next season’s campaign. A rising sophomore, presumably Anthony Brown or Dwight Powell, would have to emerge as a nightly 17-20-point scoring threat in order for Stanford to get the offensive production necessary to win games in the PAC-10 and improve on last year’s 7-11 conference record.