Dallas Colleges: Stargell Love
Dunn held a press conference late Thursday afternoon to inform Bears fans that he will return to school for his senior season. That's good news for a program that will graduate its point guard and team leader Tweety Carter and is losing junior power forward Ekpe Udoh to the NBA.
Dunn was really never much of a threat to declare for the NBA Draft after leading the Bears with a 19.6 scoring average. Despite a terrific season, the Monroe, La., native has not been rated highly by draft experts, although he did improve his stock with an excellent postseason and did emerge as a potential second-round pick in some mock drafts.
Only first-round picks garner guaranteed contracts, so had Dunn declared he would have taken a significant risk. Had he gone undrafted, he also would have surrendered his final year of eligibility. Dunn could have declared, but not hired an agent. In that case he would have had until May 8 to back out of the draft and return to school.
Dunn, who will be a top contender to lead the Big 12 in scoring next season and could be a preseason MVP candidate, will be counted on, as the lone senior, to lead a young and talented team.
Baylor had six freshmen on last season's team and a solid draft class is on the way. On Wednesday, the Bears signed Winston-Salem, N.C., point guard Stargell Love for the 2010-11 season. Love joins early signees Perry Jones (Duncanville, Texas), a 6-foot-10 forward ranked No. 3 overall in the ESPNU Top 100, and 6-3 guard Bakari Turner (Plano, Texas) to complete the three-player signing class that is ranked No. 17 by ESPN.
Dunn has not been rated highly by draft experts, but he did improve his stock with an excellent postseason that saw the Bears advance to the school's first Elite Eight in the modern era. The junior out of Monroe, La., led the Bears in scoring at 19.6 points a game and shot 41.9 percent from 3-point range. He also averaged 4.8 rebounds.
If he returns, Dunn, 22, will be a top candidate to lead the Big 12 in scoring. However, two days ago Dunn watched junior forward Ekpe Udoh declare for the NBA Draft and senior point guard Tweety Carter, one of the main reasons Dunn chose to come to Baylor, will graduate.
The best guess is that the 6-foot-4 Dunn declares for the draft, but does not hire an agent, allowing him to retain his eligibility. He would have until May 8 to pull out of the draft and return to Baylor for his senior season.
Dunn will not be a first-round pick and second-round picks are not granted guaranteed contracts.
Dunn will test the waters, but will likely be back in a Bears uniform next season. Another solid season while he refines his ball-handling skills and playing more under control could potentially catapult him into the first round.
And he'll be surrounded by talented players. Baylor had six freshmen on last season's team and a solid draft class is on the way. On Wednesday, the Bears signed Winston-Salem, N.C., point guard Stargell Love for the 2010-11 season. Love joins early signees Perry Jones (Duncanville, Texas), a 6-foot-10 forward ranked No. 3 overall in the ESPNU Top 100, and 6-3 guard Bakari Turner (Plano, Texas) to complete the three-player signing class that is ranked No. 17 by ESPN.
One freshman, Givon Crump, will not be back next season. Crump, a native of Washington D.C., will transfer. He played in 16 games and averaged 0.4 points and 0.3 rebounds.
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