University of Miami guard Shane Larkin shoots against University of Illinois forward Tyler Griffey during their third round NCAA basketball game in Austin, Texas

NBA Draft Early Entry losers: Six soon-to-be pros whose loss will sting

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With the deadline to enter the NBA Draft having come and gone at midnight on Sunday night — and with the last-minute decisions made by Adreian Payne, Andre Roberson and Isaiah Austin — we now have a full list of all the meaningful college hoopers that made the decision to jump to the league early. 

Here are the early entry’s biggest winners

(CLICK HERE to follow along with who is turning pro and who is returning to school.):

Miami: It’s not exactly a surprise that Miami’s Shane Larkin entered the NBA Draft over the weekend. And it’s probably not the wrong decision, either. Larkin was likely going to be a first round pick before Marcus Smart decided to pull his name out of the draft. But here’s the thing: without Larkin, Miami is going to be in a lot of trouble next year. They lose their top six scorers. Rion Brown is the only rotation player to return. Jim Larranaga’s going to have his work cut out for him.

NC State: After an abysmally disappointing season where the Wolfpack were anything but a top ten team, Mark Gottfried watched as Lorenzo Brown and CJ Leslie both left the program for the NBA, with Rodney Purvis’ transfer coming not too long after. TJ Warren and Tyler Lewis are still around, and the Wolfpack do have a pretty good recruiting class, but it looks like 2013-2014 will be another long season in Raleigh.

Texas: I might as well put Rick Barnes here instead of Texas, because he might end up finding himself on the hot seat after this season. With Myck Kabongo entering the draft, the Longhorns look headed for just a dreadful 2013-2014 season, which is a travesty given the unbelievable amount of hoops talent that the Lone Star State has been producing of late.

Arkansas: The Razorbacks are going to be in some trouble in their back court next season after the departure of BJ Young to the NBA. Mike Anderson’s club, one that plays ’40 Minutes of Hell’ pressure on the defensive end, needs back court depth to be effective.

Georgia: The Mark Fox experiment has not exactly done wonders for Georgia’s basketball program. He’s produced some talent, but that talent hasn’t produced many wins. With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, by far the best player in his program, heading to the NBA, it looks to be another long season in Athens.

Marquette: With or without Vander Blue on the roster, Marquette was going to have a fairly deep and really talented back court rotation in 2013-2014. But Blue, who is projected to be a second round pick, at best, entered the draft and signed with an agent, meaning that Buzz Williams lost a veteran slasher that was also his best defender. Blue would have had an excellent season with the Golden Eagles as a senior had he returned. Marquette will be fine, but the loss will hurt.

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VIDEO: Marquette’s Henry Ellenson shows off his versatility

Marquette's Henry Ellenson is fouled by Providence's Ben Bentil as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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I’m on record saying that I would consider Marquette freshman Henry Ellenson if I had the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, and while, at this point, I think that Brandon Ingram is probably going to end up going No. 2 — (Maybe No. 1???) — I still believe that Ellenson is going to be one of the best players from this draft class.

Why?

Well, just take a look at these highlights from the 26-point, 16-rebound performance he had in a win over Providence last night.

Then remember that Ellenson is 6-foot-11:

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.