TULSA, OK - MARCH 18: Cory Joseph #5 of the Texas Longhorns drives with the ball against Ilija Milutinovic #50 of the Oakland Golden Grizzlies during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 18, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Cory Joseph Will Join Tristan Thompson, Jordan Hamilton In NBA Draft

Longhorns sophomore Jordan Hamilton and freshman Tristan Thompson both say they will return to Texas for another season.

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2011 NBA Draft: Cory Joseph, Tristan Thompson Will Stay In Draft

Sunday was the deadline for underclassmen who hadn’t signed with an agent to reconsider and pull their names out of the 2011 NBA draft. While Jordan Hamilton was all in, Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph had not committed themselves fully until letting that deadline pass.

All expectations were that Thompson would stay in the draft. Most mock drafts project him as a lottery caliber prospect. Joseph, on the other hand, is less of a sure thing as a first round pick, as a combo guard leaving after his freshman year. He follows the path of Avery Bradley, a combo guard who left Texas after his freshman season in 2010. Bradley was drafted in the first round – No. 19 by the Celtics – but spent much of the year in the NBA Developmental league and averaged just 5:12 minutes in his 31 games with Boston.

Another mass departure leaves the Longhorns weakened. They do have a strong recruiting class, led by guard Myck Kobango, but they will sorely miss the talent and leadership lost in their three top underclassmen.


Report: Jordan Hamilton, Tristan Thompson To Declare For NBA Draft

Barking Carnival cites what sounds like a reliable source that Jordan Hamilton is as good as gone from the University of Texas and is set to join the 2011 NBA draft. Their source also says that it is almost certain that freshman forward Tristan Thompson will join him.

In talking with a few people close to the players that would know these kind of up-to-the-minute aspirations, it’s been confirmed that Texas swingman Jordan Hamilton will be declaring for the NBA draft in the next week and will be hiring an agent. The only decision left for Hamilton is which of three power agents under consideration he’s actually going to sign with.

“He’s gone. It’s done.”

The bad news for Texas fans is that Tristan Thompson is likely gone as well. “If Jordan is 100% gone then Tristan is 97% out the door as well. When you’re a top 15 prospect you have to go.”

Ouch. Unfortunately it’s true.

Thompson currently ranks No. 12 on Chad Ford’s NBA Draft prospects rankings. Hamilton is No. 19.

To discuss their decisions and the resulting state of Texas basketball, join in at Burnt Orange Nation.


Draft Website Claims Tristan Thompson Has Signed With Agent

NBA draft site NBADraft.net reported over the weekend that the Longhorns’ Tristan Thompson has signed with an agent and will therefore enter the draft this summer. Many thought that the site was confused, since the University of North Texas also has a Tristan Thompson, and their version did just sign with an agent.

Burnt Orange Nation’s Peter Bean said today that he contacted the site to ask about the possible confusion. He was told that there is no mistake.

I emailed the reporter and asked if he had possibly been confused and was told that no, he meant the Tristan Thompson with the Longhorns. I asked further if he would be willing to give me some information on his source(s), and he politely declined, but added that based on where he got the information, he was “99% sure” it was accurate.

No one will be too surprised if Thompson does enter the draft. He is considered by many as a lottery candidate, and many top players have changed their minds after declaring that they would stay in school. Whether this site scooped everyone by several days, we’ll just have to wait and see.


Longhorns Stars Jordan Hamilton, Tristan Thompson Say They Will Return Next Season

Texas Longhorns freshman forward Tristan Thompson told reporters Saturday that he will be back for his sophomore season in Austin. 

"I'm coming back another year," Thompson said repeatedly in the Texas locker room at the BOK Center, where the team was going to practice in preparation for its Sunday round of 32 game against Arizona. "I've already signed up for summer classes."

Second-team all-american Jordan Hamilton has been singing the same tune. While at least part of Thompson's motivation is the opportunity to play with high school teammate Myck Kobango, who is ranked as one of the top ten players in the country by some services, Hamilton made a promise to his mother.

Hamilton said he had promised his mom, Karen, that he would get his degree at Texas. And he's intrigued by the possibilities of contending for a national championship next season if everybody returns to the Longhorns.

The looming specter of a lockout in the NBA also could impact their decisions. Both players are considered first round talents and are ranked in the lottery range in various rankings. ESPN's Chad Ford ranks Thompson 11th and Hamilton 17th in his current rankings.

Many players - including several longhorns lottery picks, Kevin Durant included - have made similar declarations and changed their minds. Along with Kobango and freshman guard Cory Joseph, the duo would give the Longhorns one of the most talented foursomes in the country if they do stay in school for the 2011-12 season.

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