Tracy Smith submits name for NBA Draft (His Mom says he’ll be back)

Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports listed the official underclassman entrants into the NBA Draft this morning, and much to many Wolfpack fan’s surprise, rising senior Tracy Smith’s name was among the players planning to see what their worth is in the upcoming league draft.  He’ll have until next Saturday, May 8th, to finalize his decision as to whether he’ll keep his name in the hat or come back to school for his final year.

Don’t Press The Panic Button Quite Yet

That does not mean that Smith is necessarily leaving the program, and it’s not that uncommon for talented players to “declare” for the draft so that they assess where they are.  That’s probably what Smith is doing. According to many folks, Smith will likely return to play for the Wolfpack in 2010-11 — ranging from those close to the program to those close to the NBA Draft.

NBAdraft.net:  2010 Mock Draft

Looking here, you won’t find Tracy Smith listed.

In fact, the site doesn’t even list Smith in their positional rankings.  That’s not to say that NBA scouts aren’t viewing Smith positively, and it may be that NBADraft.net hasn’t added Smith into their mix of players yet.  Or perhaps not, because he is not even in their junior rankings. Smith is also not listed in the 2010 Mock Draft at DraftExpress.com, and that site has not even been tracking him – they have no profile of his skills or statistics.

The Top Picks for 2010

The top 3 power forwards coming into this year’s draft are probably Demarcus Cousins of Kentucky, the oft-injured Ed Davis of UNC and Patrick Patterson, also of Kentucky.  Those three will likely be lottery picks, and Dnatas Motiejunas, Jan Vesely and Greg Monroe will follow, though in what order is anyone’s guess.  With a pretty solid top 4-5 players ranked ahead of him, it’s hard to say where – or if – Smith might be picked.

Keep in mind too that Smith has been adamant in recent interviews about returning to school.  With the likes of CJ Leslie and Ryan Harrow coming aboard, he has good reason to return – first of all, State will have a solid squad, and may well be a solid showcase for a strong forward like himself, and secondly, with a great point guard dishing him the ball, his averages are sure to climb higher than ever.  For a player who’s not a sure-fire first rounder, a final year of college hoops surrounded by a higher level of talent can only improve his position in the 2011 draft.

It never hurts to look, however, and anyone who’s ever looked a Monster.com when they already have a good job should be able to relate to Smith’s curiosity.

9:30 p.m. Update

N&O: Smith’s mom says he’s coming back

Tracy Smith will play basketball for N.C. State next season, his mother said Thursday.

The Wolfpack junior is among the 103 underclassmen on the NBA’s list of early entrants but he’s not going anywhere, LaShawn Lester said.

“There’s nothing to worry about,” Lester said Thursday. “He’s going to be at N.C. State next year.”

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23 Responses to Tracy Smith submits name for NBA Draft (His Mom says he’ll be back)

  1. NCSU84 04/29/2010 at 1:31 PM #

    We really need Tracy back – now more than ever. The senior leadership he can provide cannot be discounted given the young talented group set to hit Raleigh.

  2. NCStatePride 04/29/2010 at 1:36 PM #

    No need to panic. He’s just testing the waters. I think after the good news of CJ Leslie coming to NC State, the Wolfpack Cynic Nation just needs something else to complain about so they are taking Tracy’s name on the draft list as their new “doomsday topic”. Even more likely then that: the N&O, CO, et al can’t stand to see positive headlines about State (Leslie) so they are blowing this story out of proportion.

  3. Derek Medlin 04/29/2010 at 1:39 PM #

    He’ll be back…that’s all.

  4. Broccoman 04/29/2010 at 1:47 PM #

    Tracy Smith is not a first round lock right now.

    The only reason I can see him going at all, is fear of a 2011 NBA strike. That said, a strike year is a weaker draft= better position- I’d wait one year if I was him unless I was a lock.

  5. tjfoose2 04/29/2010 at 2:02 PM #

    Makes sense to me… with a year to improve, get an objective assessment of your strengths and weaknesses from what you hope to be your future employer, benchmarking you against your competition.

    I would think that it would be a mistake not to do this.

  6. packbackr04 04/29/2010 at 2:04 PM #

    i would think at 6’8″… he needs to shoot FT’s a heck of alot better than he does now

  7. Clarksa 04/29/2010 at 2:16 PM #

    It has been talked about for a few weeks so it is not a surprise…but then again, not all Wolfpack fans check all the good sites multiple times a day like me… :)

  8. sockerne1 04/29/2010 at 2:17 PM #

    quick heads up Alpha…..I believe you have Cousins and Favors (UK / GT) mixed up in the writeup. We all know what you mean.

  9. GApack04 04/29/2010 at 3:09 PM #

    ^ yeah most of the scouts I have read about think Favors could be a better pro than Cousins. Some feel Cousins will not be able to simply bully players around in the NBA. And there are some concerns with his makeup.

  10. Thinkpack17 04/29/2010 at 3:31 PM #

    ^There are some places I have seen Cousins ahead of Favors.

    http://www.draftexpress.com/nba-mock-draft/2010/

    http://www.mynbadraft.com/2010-NBA-Mock-Draft

    It really is going to be based on team need. Cousins has a bigger PF’s skill set and Favors has a smaller PF’s skill set. They are both monsters on the offensive glass. Both are good upside picks.

  11. ChemE79a 04/29/2010 at 3:32 PM #

    I have always felt that, if you are reasonably certain you will be entering the draft the next year and have some non-zero chance of then playing in the NBA, that it was stupid to not enter the draft the year before for the evaluations and recommendations on what to work on. That aspect is diminished because of the shortened time to pull out, but it is not eliminated.

  12. jaybird80 04/29/2010 at 4:15 PM #

    Since the rules say that you can only declare and then “un-declare” once, there is no harm in talking to a few people; especially after one’s junior year. If I recall, Hodge did the same thing between his junior and senior year.

  13. 61Packer 04/29/2010 at 4:16 PM #

    The timing of Smith’s announcement makes me think at least a little bit that he may be afraid of sitting down more, now that we have 3 “saviors” coming here next season.

  14. Thinkpack17 04/29/2010 at 4:30 PM #

    ^None of those saviors play his position, none of them are proven in the college game and none of them were on any All-ACC team last year. Tracy has nothing to worry about. A little rest will probably help his numbers. A big man playing 33+ minutes a game as the center of an offense was a bit much. Outside of maybe Scott Wood no one else had to play minutes like that. And unlike a guard Tracy had to run the ENTIRE floor. Getting his head under each basket every single trip down the floor. He’s earned his place as leader on this team, and he will play as much as he wants.

  15. Zen Wolf 04/29/2010 at 5:01 PM #

    I don’t see what the big deal is. I declare myself eligible for the draft every year and so far I have never been drafted. He’ll be back.

  16. wolfie91 04/29/2010 at 7:47 PM #

    61packer, he had to have declared by Sunday, according to the rules, so the timing of the announcement doesn’t reflect the timing of his actions and doesn’t seem to relate to CJL declaring. I understand this is basically a fact finding mission.

  17. 97 pack alum 04/29/2010 at 7:47 PM #

    I admit this is an assumption on my part about Tracy Smith’s academic progress but, all things being equal, I’d add to Alpha’s list of reasons for Tracy to stay for his senior year that a college degree should (hopefully) add some value to the decision as well.

  18. Wulfpack 04/29/2010 at 8:15 PM #

    I guess this is just another sign of the times. Make no mistake, Tracy was outstanding for us this year. But NBA material? Not even close. Maybe with another year of improvement he can make his way onto a team next year. But he’s undersized for the post, doesn’t have range, and his defense leaves a lot to be desired as it stands today.

  19. cWOhLFrPAiCKs 04/29/2010 at 9:33 PM #

    “Zen Wolf: I don’t see what the big deal is. I declare myself eligible for the draft every year and so far I have never been drafted. He’ll be back.”

    Well said. Here’s hoping we hey a Hodge-like announcement from Tracy sometime in the near future!

  20. CGault11 04/29/2010 at 11:18 PM #

    via facebook

    Tracy Smith – Dear people, I am 100% coming back to play my senior with Lorenzo Brown. Ryan Harrow, and Cj Leslie at NC STATE…

    Updated 7 hours ago. Anyone in the NC State network should be about to see this.

  21. packalum07 04/30/2010 at 1:16 AM #

    Don’t get me wrong by this comment, because I am extremely excited about C.J. Leslie, but I can honestly say that I am as equally excited about Ryan Harrow and Lorenzo Brown!!! You add all of this in with Tracy Smith, Scott Wood, Javier Gonzales and Richard Howell…..we finally have something to be excited about!!

  22. tvopack 04/30/2010 at 12:06 PM #

    At ESPN, they put CJL commitment in a blog and Tracy Smith enters the draft as news.

  23. katymelrose 05/07/2010 at 10:09 PM #

    Has he withdrawn his name yet?

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