Will UConn freshman sensation Jeremy Lamb declare for the NBA Draft? (UPDATED)

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If you need some inspiration, look no further than UConn freshman sensation Jeremy Lamb, who will play in Monday night’s NCAA national championship basketball game.

There is speculation that Lamb may be a “one-and-done” college player and declare for the NBA Draft. Lamb did nothing to dispel the notion when asked it by reporters on Sunday. “I’m not paying any attention to that right now. I’m in college at the NCAA tournament about to play for a national title … I’ll think about that later.”

Only a year ago, Lamb was finishing up his senior year at Norcross High as a first-year starter. That’s right, from first-year starter in high school to possible “one-and-done” to the NBA. Personally, I don’t see it happening — as in Lamb making an early departure to the NBA, at least not this season. However, it remains extremely inspiring to see how far someone has risen in such a short amount of time. Anything is possible.

Ready for the NBA? (AP photo)

Ready for the NBA? (AP photo)

Here’s a recount of Lamb’s ascension by USA Today’s David Leon Moore:

The idea of Lamb, a willowy 6-5 swingman from Norcross, Ga., leaving for the pros after one year at UConn is one that is just recently being discussed.

Lamb wasn’t even averaging in double figures going into the Big East tournament, scoring 9.6 a game as UConn stood 21-9.

Since then, though, UConn is 10-0 and Lamb has become a fast-rising star. In the 10 games covering Big East tournament and NCAA tournament play, Lamb is averaging 15.6 points and shooting 55.2%.

In NCAA tournament play, it’s 17.0 points and 59.3%.

Suddenly, the notion of Lamb as a first-round pick doesn’t seem so crazy.

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26 comments Add your comment

superiorblogman

April 4th, 2011
3:20 am

He would get picked. If that’s the goal shoot for it.

Gene

April 4th, 2011
8:37 am

Why would this kid want to go to UCon? It seems like several tournament teams have starting players from Georgia.

black1

April 4th, 2011
9:22 am

He is not ready!!! Look at the past Norcross players and they were btter players. Please he need four years

Worm

April 4th, 2011
9:45 am

He would be foolish to enter the draft..I’d bet good money he’s not picked in first round.

ron

April 4th, 2011
10:22 am

stay in school lamb

ron

April 4th, 2011
10:23 am

don’t turn pro

the jackal

April 4th, 2011
10:36 am

stay in school and enjoy your college life. unless your family needed the money.my college days were the best days of my life.the nba will make you grow up real fast. plus its not a sure thing.you might be sent to the dleague.

JROLL1

April 4th, 2011
10:54 am

@GENE…PLAYING FOR A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IS ONE GUESS. STAY IN SCHOOL KID. NOT NEARLY READY!

jp

April 4th, 2011
10:58 am

With the NBA its about potential in drafting. He’d get drafted in the first round but is that all he wants? The question will be is he good enough to stick around. Thus far he hasn’t proven anything. He could def use another year of college and another year of maturing.

GTBob

April 4th, 2011
11:43 am

He is really talented but I think he should stick around at least one more year. Kemba will probably leave after this season and then Lamb turns into the top scoring option. Plus UConn has a good young team so he should benefit from the talent around him. He will get better and improve his draft stock by staying.

lamb-fan

April 4th, 2011
11:48 am

Super kid and playing very well in the tournament. He likely needs one more year and he could be a late 1st round pick next year. He comes from a solid family and I’m pretty sure that his parents (especially his dad) will advise him well after getting independent feedback from credible league sources. Hope both Lamb and Kemba get it done tonight !

GTBob

April 4th, 2011
11:51 am

Why would this kid want to go to UCon? It seems like several tournament teams have starting players from Georgia.

Because UConn is a much better program then any team in Georgia. Some kids want to play in the tournament every year and compete for national championships. Strange I know.

UNBIASED ONE

April 4th, 2011
2:06 pm

People, stop getting all excited about a players’ tournament games!! Its the whole body of work that matters. Now, if someone wnats to draft this kid in the first round then so be it, but clearly he needs development.

Jeff Walker

April 4th, 2011
2:14 pm

Tournament time is when players with real NBA talent show up (mostly). Lamb has hit some really big shots. If they put the offense in Lamb’s hand, he would average 25+. The dude hits big shots! He’s more than NBA ready. Especially looking at the players currently in the NBA (Marvin Williams). D Wade was a nobody until tournament time. Derron Williams, Brandon Roy, Blake Griffin, Al Horford. Just to name a few. This years standouts are : Lamb (Uconn), Jimmer Freddette (BYU), Kimba Walker (UConn), Derrick Williams (AZ), Jamie Skeen (VCU). These guys showed up tournament time. They can handle the big stage. I have Derrick Williams as the #1 pick. Dude can flat out play!

Desperation on the Ave

April 4th, 2011
2:20 pm

Gene,

Georgia Tech sucks.

UGA is on the rise, but still sucks.

If he were a football player he may have stayed to play with UGA in the SEC, but he is not.

The Big East is the biggest thing going right now in CBB. He is obviously in a better place.

What time do Tech or UGA play tonight??

Tell the truth

April 4th, 2011
4:44 pm

He may get drafted with the state of the NBA being what it is- but is he ready? Absolutely not!!

Jeff Walker

April 4th, 2011
10:50 pm

Are you watching the game! I told you Lamb is ready for the NBA!

Logical Point

April 5th, 2011
12:13 am

A good player doesn’t always mean they’re ready for The League.

jake k

April 5th, 2011
3:37 am

he could move up into the lottery depending on his workouts for this years draft..UNREAL potential. smooth scorer… lacks strength obviously but that can come and will have to speed his game up a little too if he wants to make the jump

uconnfan25

April 5th, 2011
2:56 pm

who are we kiddng? this kid is better than half of the recruits going out for the nba already… yeah he is slim and needs to bulk up but he has more talent than players like josh selbey. should he stay in school sure… will he be better off staying in school under calhoun rather than going to the nba defs but lets be real no way he would go to the d league like people are saying

kwoods

April 5th, 2011
8:36 pm

@Gene, If the state of Georgia gets Basketball courts outside of Middle & High schools or real parks with courts, kids could play against top competition. (I see no-one getting any better in their driveway or these pay $5.00 to play gyms GA have in some areas. Then maybe kids would go to UGA and make it better, and maybe UGA would compete for a national title someday…until then kids have to leave this lame state to go against real competition.

Jason

April 6th, 2011
2:18 am

I’m a uconn student, and I talked to Lamb tonight at the bar..I’m glad to report that he said “I’m here man, I ain’t going to no draft”

Noneya

April 6th, 2011
10:12 am

The NBA drafts potential. He has potential. Why not go and get paid to learn on the job. Who are the top prospects in this draft and are they that much better than Lamb? I doubt it….

westlakeclassof10

April 8th, 2011
1:23 am

@kwoods

see it all starts in highschool when highschool player transfer 30 miles from there house just to play for a better school. Im not saying any names but there is a player on milton team that lives in morrow high school area. my point is if you just make these kids stay at there home school and if they win there they will probably stay in uga in make it becomeing a winning program. But since they are used to going to winning schools they will not stay in state

Dave

April 11th, 2011
1:30 pm

Lamb does not have an NBA body. He would get run over at that level.

And you can’t learn in the NBA because they don’t practice, they play. And he won’t be playing. He should return and work on his body and let Calhoun get him ready to succeed in the NBA just like he has for over 30 players.

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