The 2013 NBA Draft is exactly a month away, and entering it there will be three Syracuse Orange basketball players hoping to hear their names called.
Two players, forward James Southerland and guard Brandon Triche, are expected to be second-round selections, while guard Michael Carter-Williams is predicted to go in the top 10.
Now, MCW is almost a shoo-in to be a top 10 pick, but you just never know what will happened come draft day. However, if you asked him where he's going, which is what Syracuse.com's Donna Ditota did Wednesday night, it is in the top 10.
"I sat down and talked to my family and my coach to decide what the best thing was for me," Carter-Williams said. "It's a great opportunity to get picked top 10 in the draft. It's just a dream that I've always had. Everything was presented right in front of me and that's why I took it."
Since announcing his decision to go Pro and gear up for the NBA Draft, MCW says he has come to realize that he misses Syracuse. (I am assuming he doesn't mean the Lord & Taylors' security people.)
"I really miss Syracuse and the guys on the team," he said. "I would have loved to come back, but I think it was my time to move on."
As for Syracuse basketball players and the pros, CBS' Matt Norlander did a nice breakdown of the college basketball programs that have sent the most players to the pros in the last 15 years. Lo and behold, Syracuse cracked the top 10 with 13 players.
Who knows, by the end of this year's draft that number could be up to 16.