<
>

These stars are glad they stayed in school

Maryland guard Melo Trimble has led the Terrapins in scoring in each of the last two seasons. Patrick Semansky/AP Photo

As we approach the new college basketball season, there are several players who are thrilled to be returning to college campuses.

My friends, so many player considered going to the NBA. Several opted out and decided to go back to school. They made the right decision.

I think back to last season and Buddy Hield of Oklahoma. Had he gone to the pros early, he was projected as a second-round draft choice. By returning to the Sooners and working hard on his game, he developed into a high draft pick and truly enjoyed last season as Oklahoma made it to the Final Four.

Will some of these guys make leaps and bounds up the draft board? We will have to see. One thing is for sure; they will have another season of college basketball experience in their favor.

Here are six guys who passed on the pros, players to keep an eye on this season.

Melo Trimble, Maryland

The Terps have a lot of new players surrounding Trimble, so this will be a challenge. I still feel he made the right move returning to school.

Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin

He needed another year of seasoning, and the Badgers are expected to have a big season. He should enjoy the ride.

Josh Hart, Villanova

After winning a national championship last season, some thought his stock would be higher. He went through the scouting process and opted to come back to school. The Wildcats should dominate the Big East, and Hart is one key reason why.

Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson

He returns to play in a revamped arena. Going through the competition of the rugged ACC has to help day in and day out. It beats being on a bench in the NBA, barely getting enough practice time.

Trevon Bluiett, Xavier

I expect big things from the Musketeers under Chris Mack, and Blueitt will be a vital part.

Justin Jackson, North Carolina

Roy Williams is happy to have his versatile performer back in the lineup.