That's always what the fans say, "he can stay and make more money the following year" because the fans want him to stay. I know, I'm guilty of it every year as a KU fan. But the truth is very few players stay and improve their stock. Actually it usually works the other way. They stay and lose the "potential" label and show more flaws in their game that the scouts counted on them improving. Brackins is a year older, if he stays there is going to be a lot expected out of him. Right now he can leave and be a first round pick and the scouts love his potential. It really comes down to the player. If the player loves college and would like to experience it one more year he has a better chance of staying. If he always wanted to play in the NBA as soon as he can, he's gone.
So last night I started referring to Craig as NBA. This amused me greatly. It probably did not amuse the people I was with or the people around me. :)
Anyway, it was amusing to watch NBA try to get that elusive 3 last night. You could just see the wheels turning in his head about making sure that the scouts saw that aspect of the game. Normally, I have a rule that I wish NBA followed (and usually he does), he can take a 3 once he has established his inside game. He gets to take 2 3's for every one he makes. For some reason, his 3's haven't been falling the last couple of games.
If I had access to NBA, I would tell him to think long and hard about going pro. He has proved this year that he is a really hard worker and is committed to improving his game (see his improved rebounding numbers). I think he could be making a LOT of money in 2 years in the NBA. I think that next year he would probably be making 40,000 in the D-league. I would also ask NBA Brackins what he was thinking last Saturday when he launched a 26 footer with over 8 seconds left in the game. After that game I would have packed NBA's bags and helped him sign up for the D-league.
He was quoted in the register saying that he had no clue that their were scouts actually at the game
I don't think he's ready yet but that's not really the criteria for early entry these days for various reasons.
NBA-Draft Net currently projects him at first round #12.
How he finishes out the year may push him one way or the other.