"Three Florida sophomores projected to be first-round draft picks in June have chosen college life and a chance to repeat as national champions. But there is time for each to make another decision.
If Joakim Noah, Al Horford or Corey Brewer change their minds and declare for the draft before the April 29 deadline, it might shock Gators fans. It wouldn’t surprise people close to the NBA.
"I’ll believe it when I see it," said one longtime NBA official, who requested anonymity. "Nothing surprises me anymore.
"There’s a difference between what guys say five minutes after their season has ended and what they do later. They’re still pretty much in the aura of the championship."
If any or all of the three sophomores renege on last week’s highly publicized announcement, it won’t be unprecedented. History shows some player, somewhere, will have a change of heart.
Last year Sean May, the Final Four’s most outstanding player, told a crowd of North Carolina fans he planned to come back to defend the national title. Two months later, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats drafted May with the No. 13 pick.
"I know he said he was coming back, but he had a chance to digest things and he looked at the big picture," said Florida Atlantic coach Matt Doherty, who recruited May when he was North Carolina’s coach. "I think when he saw Raymond (Felton), Rashard (McCants) and Marvin Williams weren’t coming back… Sean didn’t want to be out there by himself with an inexperienced group.""