Friday, June 13, 2008

Green Likely Returning, Walker Likely Gone

According to Jeff Goodman of, North Carolina junior swingman Danny Green is likely to withdraw his name from the NBA Draft and return to the Tar Heels for his senior season. On the other hand, Kansas State redshirt freshman forward Bill Walker is expected to keep his name in the Draft and not return to the Wildcats.

Green told Goodman that he is leaning towards coming back to Chapel Hill. "I'm going to talk to Coach (Roy Williams) about it, but that's what it's looking like right now," Green said. "I feel like I got what I needed out of this process." He suffered a multitude of injuries over the past couple of months, which hampered him at team workouts. Green has previously said that he would stay in the Draft if he was going to be selected in the first-round, which does not seem likely. Teammates Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington have yet to decide their respective NBA Draft futures. The deadline to withdraw is June 16.

On the flipside, Kansas State head coach Frank Martin is not expecting Walker to be a Wildcat next season. "I’d be surprised if he came back,” Martin said. “I think he’s a first-round pick. There’s not 30 better players than him out there and I think he’s starting to solidify himself as a first-round pick.” Walker's stock dropped after he suffered a knee injury during his freshman season, but it has risen lately due to his performance at various workouts. He is projected as a late first-round pick.

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