As one could expect Texas forward Tristan Thompson has decided not to return to school but to keep his name in the NBA draft. What might comes as a surprise to some people though is his now former teammate, PG Cory Joseph, has decided to remain in the draft as well.
Thompson is regarded as a sure-fire first round selection so his staying in the draft should not raise any eyebrows. In the case of Joseph he is anything but a certainty for the first round. In fact, ESPN's draft analyst Chad Ford currently only projects Joseph as his 46th best draft prospect which would place him in the second round which as everyone knows is the land of no guaranteed contracts.
The decisions by both Thompson & Joseph combined with the loss of Jordan Hamilton to the draft will no doubt have a ripple effect on the projections of how good the Longhorns will be this upcoming season.
No one though will feel bad for Rick Barnes as there will still be plenty of talent on the Texas roster next year. Replacing Joseph will be incoming 5 star PG recruit Myck Kabongo from Findlay Prep in Nevada, the same prep school as Joseph & Thompson came from. In addition to Kabongo the Longhorns have three other 4 star recruits committed for next season.