Nick CalathesA year or two playing in Greece makes a lot of sense for Calathes. His heritage is Greek-American, he has dual citizenship, and he played for the Greek 20-and-under team in a FIBA tournament last year. His brother Pat -- who starred for St. Joseph's -- plays in the Euroleague already.
But he's considered a borderline first-round NBA draft pick. If he slipped into the second round, he could opt for Europe instead... why sign in Greece before finding out what his options are in this side of the Atlantic?
Calathes may have actually improved his draft stock by making himself unavailable for the 2009-10 NBA season. For a team picking late in the first round that's not eager to pay a rookie's salary this season, he could be a very attractive commodity.
Epiphanny PrincePlaying in Europe isn't a fall-back option for top female players -- it's the ideal option. Stars like Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird reportedly pull salaries of over half a million dollars playing in Russian pro leagues, then play in the WNBA (top salary: $99,500 before bonuses) in the Russian league's offseason.
On a strictly economic basis, the decision is a no-brainer.
Rutgers will be a very young and inexperienced team this season, which may have influenced Prince's decision to go pro a year early.