We can officially say goodbye to Brandon Rush, Mario Chalmers and "Shady" Arthur, all drafted last night along with seniors Darnell Jackson and Sasha Kaun.
It was not necessarily a great night for the KU guys overall, with Brandon as the only lottery pick (going to Indiana); Shady falling all the way to 27 before getting traded 3 times (!), finally landing at Memphis (I think); and Mario falling all the way out of Round 1 (picked even below J.R. Giddens!) and ending up with the Miami Heat, where he may join DJ.
Looks as if Shady and Mario could have benefited from staying in college another year, no?
Any thoughts on the careers these guys may have? I think they can all contribute, even Sasha and DJ. The other three could be starters, maybe minor stars on the level of Hinrich -- but no superstars in the bunch, I think.
Still, Mario and DJ have a great opportunity to excel as role players in Miami alongside Beasley and D-Wade. Watch out for that team next season...
By the way, what happens to Kirk now that the Bulls picked Rose at #1? Stay tuned.