Basketball: OSU’s Cunningham facing NBA decision; which other Pac-12 players may go?

Former San Leandro HS star Jared Cunningham may have played his final college basketball game Wednesday night.

But after a 72-55 loss to Washington State in the semifinals of the CBI tournament, the junior guard from Oregon State was not ready to tip his hand.

“I’m just going to stick with my team until that day I decide whether to come back or leave,” Cunningham said. “It’s really up in the air right now. … If I’m going to be here next year, that would be great. If I leave, that would be great. As of right now, I’m just playing it by ear.

“I like this place, I like the team. … The ultimate goal is to make the NCAA tournament. I feel we have a great group of guys that can make a push for it.”

The website draftexpress.com ranks Cunningham as the nation’s No. 16 junior, but does not project him to be taken in the two-round NBA draft.

Which other non-seniors from the Pac-12 will face an offseason decision?

Few expect Washington sophomore Terrence Ross or freshman Tony Wroten to be back. They have a date in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden before possibly turning the page, but both are projected as first-round draft picks.

Any other candidates?

   — Colorado sophomore forward Andre Roberson: No definitive word, but he’s believed to be at least thinking about it. Best guess: He returns.

   — Cal sophomore guard Allen Crabbe: Talented, but definitely not ready. And he’s smart enough to know it.

   — UCLA sophomore center Joshua Smith: Please.

Jeff Faraudo

  • JimBob

    Would that be Joshua “Tree” Smith?

  • Takeoffthatredshirt

    I think cunningham will stay, there is lots of talent in this draft.

    Ross and Wroten are not going to be lottery picks, maybe one of them will be back. They both look like first round picks though so that’s probably enough.

    I still expect Crabbe will add other elements to his game and have a good shot at the NBA after his senior year. Possibly as Cal’s all time leading scorer.