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Cassius Stanley’s NBA Decision Is More Complicated Than It Might Appear

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This year is so different

North Carolina v Duke
 DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 07: Cassius Stanley #2 of the Duke Blue Devils moves the ball against the North Carolina Tar Heelsduring the second half of their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 07, 2020 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 89-76.
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We’re not sure what Cassius Stanley is up to with his social media posts lately but clearly he’s having fun.

He’s been posting things that are vague and open to interpretation about his plans for next year and it’s certainly caught the attention of Duke fans.

At 6-6 and highly athletic and a solid outside shot, Stanley definitely has NBA promise. Yet he’s not seen universally as a first-round pick which might lead him to consider another year at Duke.

On the other hand though he’s 21 and that’s getting old by NBA rookie standards and you can understand why he might decide to leave.

But it’s complicated this year.

In a normal year he’d have a reasonable chance, at a minimum, to go to Portsmouth and make a big impression.

This year? Scouting is messed up. Player analysis is messed up. All anyone has to go on is video and good faith. You can’t measure anything in person if you’re a team and you can’t sell anything if you’re a scout. Best you can do is a video interview.

In other words, it’s a crap shoot. You just have no way to know, at least not for sure.

So whatever Stanley is thinking, outside of a few players, no one this year has any guarantee or any idea what to expect. It’s not the ideal situation to say the least.