UConn sophomore Jeremy Lamb is expected to release a statement Tuesday regarding his decision, a source close to Lamb told Hearst Connecticut Media Group.
The source did not know whether Lamb would go pro or return for his junior season, but let’s suffice to say it would be extremely surprising if he announced the latter. All season, it’s been widely assumed that Lamb would forgo his final two years of eligibility. He figures to be a mid-to-late lottery pick.
If Lamb and Andre Drummond both declare and go in the top 10, they’ll join an elite group. Since 2000, nine college teams — and I’m including this year’s Kentucky squad — have had multiple players selected in the top 10 of the same draft. Four of those teams won the national championship, and two others made the Final Four.
Check the chart below:
College Teammates Drafted in Top 10 (since 2000)
Cincinnati* (2000): Kenyon Martin (1), DerMarr Johnson (6); No. 1 seed; Second Round
Duke (2002): Jay Williams (2), Mike Dunleavy (3); No. 1 seed; Sweet 16
UConn (2004): Emeka Okafor (2), Ben Gordon (3); No. 2 seed; National Champion
North Carolina (2005): Marvin Williams (2), Ray Felton (5); No. 1 seed; National Champion
Florida (2007): Al Horford (3), Corey Brewer (7), Joakim Noah (9); No. 1 seed; National Champion
Ohio State (2007): Greg Oden (1), Mike Conley (4); No. 1 seed; National Runner-up
UCLA (2008): Russell Westbrook (4), Kevin Love (5); No. 1 seed; Final Four
Kentucky (2010): John Wall (1), DeMarcus Cousins (4); No. 1 seed; Elite Eight
Kentucky (2012): Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist; No. 1 seed; National Champion
UConn (2012): Andre Drummond, Jeremy Lamb; No. 9 seed, One and done
*Kenyon Martin suffered a broken leg at the end of the season and did not play in the NCAA tournament.