Today Roy Hibbert decided he'd go back to G-Town for his senior year. This is an incredibly smart move by Hibbert. It seems like that G-Town education has certainly done him a lot of good.
Hibbert was projected to be somewhere in the range of the 8th to the 12th pick in the upcoming NBA draft. That means he'd be earning somewhere in the range of $1.4 to $1.8 million a year (with slight increases each year) for three years.
Hibbert probably paid attention to the fact that there are two big men who will be going ahead of him if he had stayed in this year's draft - Greg Oden and Yi Jianlian from China.
So why not spend another year in college? He can continue honing his conditioning and skills for another year and then be a top 3 pick in next year's draft. Reasonably competent big men always go high in the draft.
It's also makes sense economically speaking. If Hibbert is a top three pick next year, he would earn an extra $4 million plus from his rookie contract than if he had come out this year.
Although some people are worried that Hibbert might pull a Joakim Noah, I don't buy that. Hibbert has improved every year he's been at G-Town, and unlike Noah, Hibbert is a true center. It's much tougher to find a true center than a tweener forward.
Smart move Roy. Now get in the gym and start running.
Other takes on it:
Hibbert investing brilliantly