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Vitale: My All-Stayed-In-School Team

Updated: May 12, 2010, 12:30 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

The deadline to pull out of the NBA draft and return to college has passed, and I simply don't understand why so many kids stayed in the draft and rolled the dice. There were a number of players who explored their options and decided to return to a college campus, and honestly, I think they made the right choice.

My friends, there are guys who can make a difference next season and improve their draft stock for the future. They can enjoy being the BMOC (big man on campus) for another year!

Here is my All-Stayed-In-School Team, featuring six super players who pulled out of the NBA draft.

Let's start with Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney. He will be right up there with Duke's Nolan Smith among the premier backcourt performers in the ACC next season. I know Seth Greenberg had to be happy with Delaney's decision and the Hokies should make the Big Dance after last season's disappointment.

Purdue coach Matt Painter had to be thrilled with the news of JaJuan Johnson's and E'Twaun Moore's returns to West Lafayette. Along with a healthy Robbie Hummel, the Boilermakers should be a top-5 team.

Jimmer Fredette had several stellar scoring performances for BYU last season. The sharpshooter's decision to come back to Provo should make the Cougars a contender in the Mountain West, right up there with San Diego State.

Illinois got a boost when guard Demetri McCamey opted out of the draft. Teammate Mike Davis also decided to come back to Champaign, giving coach Bruce Weber a team capable of making the Top 25.

New Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard had to be thrilled with the return of Jeremy Hazell. His scoring punch should be a positive for the Pirates during the 2010-11 campaign.

There you have it: Delaney, Johnson, Moore, Fredette, McCamey and Hazell … my super six back on their college campuses and out of the draft, baby!

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.