Not really a shocker on either side here, as both Bill Self and Steve Fisher probably expected this.
It was a tough blow for the Jayhawks to lose the Morris twins to the draft, and this is just another difficult player to replace for Self next season. But hey, at least Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson both made the decision to return.
Selby seems to be a consensus late first rounder to early second rounder on most draft boards, and that seems about right. He’s extremely athletic and has a nice shot to go along with some solid ballhandling skills.
As for what the Aztecs can expect now that Leonard is officially heading to the NBA, well let’s just say that next year, they certainly won’t be partying like it’s 2010-2011.
SDSU now loses their top four scorers off of their best team in school history, so they’ll definitely have their work cut out for them if they want to make the same type of splash that they did this season.
Leonard could sneak into the lottery depending on who else decides to come out, and whether or not he can impress scouts when he gets the chance. The biggest problem scouts have will probably be focused around his jumpshot, since his size will likely force him into a small forward role once he enters the league.
Of the two, Leonard will probably be the choice by most in terms of who will have the better future in the NBA.
But as I’ve said before, sometimes it’s about the situation. If Selby can slide into one of those last few picks in the first round, then perhaps he’ll be able to land a spot since he’ll already be a great situation. And Leonard will certainly have a chance to be the missing link for either a lower-seeded playoff team, or a team that just barely missed the playoffs.
Either way, both guys are talented enough to make it, and we’ll see where they land come June.