Thinking of Randolph makes me wish all the guys who went early to the NBA and should have stayed here longer.
Should have is relative.
He was the SEC POY in 05-06 and returned for his Jr. year. that saw LSU crash back down to the middle of the SEC pack and their HC get fired in midseason. Still, Davis was drafted. You could argue he left a year too late.
Was a first round pick. And with Simmons coming on board Martin may have had a reduced role (in the event Mickey stayed). Still, you can't blame a likely first round pick for leaving.
Would have been the missing piece on the 15-16 team. His loss was HUGE. It left Simmons to do all of the inside scoring, rebounding and defending, while also playing outside. Mickey covered up how shitty Jones' teams really were on defense. If he remains in the frontcourt with Simmons I fully believe that season turns out much differently. Even with Jones as the coach! He probably should have stayed, but he was picked just outside the first round AND signed a seven figure contract. Can't blame him for leaving.
He definitely should have stayed. The 3 guys above were all drafted in the top 35 picks. Blakeney doesn't look like he'll be drafted at all. I think a new coaching staff could have helped him and his pro stock tremendously. Unfortunately, we'll never know