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The NBA draft class of 2009 won't have anyone the caliber of Kevin Durant or Michael Beasley, once-in-a-generation talents who just happened to be members of the same generation. There probably won't be an O.J. Mayo or Eric Gordon type in the class either. But that doesn't mean the Class of 2008 high school seniors who could be draft eligible in 2009 don't have their sights on the NBA. Here is a list of players most likely to make their stays on campus a short one:

Tyreke Evans: Guard, American Christian School, Undecided

His recent official visit to Memphis has fueled speculation that his stay in college may be abbreviated. With current Tigers point guard Derrick Rose expected to make the leap to the NBA, several scouts believe that Evans will take over as the featured ballhandler next year, put up a big numbers and then follow Rose. Louisville had been thought to be the frontrunner to land Evans, but Memphis would seem to provide him with the quickest and easiest path to the NBA, and insiders believe that that will be the determining factor.

Prediction: One and done.

Brandon Jennings: Guard, Oak Hill Academy, Arizona

With Lute Olson's announcement that he will indeed be returning to the bench in Tucson, some of the uncertainty surrounding the Wildcats has been alleviated. Still to be determined is whether Jerryd Bayless or Chase Budinger will leave early. Even if both stay, Jennings is the most complete prep scorer in the country and isn't likely to be pushed so far into the background that he would not be able to make the leap.

Prediction: One and done.

Demar Derozan: Forward, Compton High School, USC.

Derozan's game and frame are better suited for the NBA than the college game. The Trojans are expecting star freshman O.J. Mayo to defect to the league this spring, freeing up minutes and opportunities for Derozan, whose athleticism is off the charts. Tim Floyd's squad should have talented players returning, but Derozan should still be able to make enough of an impact in his freshman year to make the leap to the NBA if he so desires. And many scouts think that is exactly what he wants to do.

Prediction: One and done.

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Samardo Samuels: Forward, St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.), Louisville

Samuels is an interesting candidate. He is a gifted scorer who gets great position on the block and can be a defensive force in the middle. Some scouts, however, have questioned his athleticism. Rick Pitino's tried and true coaching method of breaking players down before building them back up may lead to Samuels staying with the Cardinals for at least a couple of years. It all depends on whether he can make enough of an impact in his freshman year to allay the concerns about his athleticism. We're saying here that he won't.

Prediction: At least two years.

Jrue Holiday: Guard, Campbell Hall (North Hollywood, Calif.), UCLA

Holiday is a dynamic combo guard who has the vision and ballhandling ability to be a point guard, and the ability to get his own shot with ease. But the Bruins, as currently constructed, have a backlog in the backcourt. Darren Collison and Russell Westbrook lead college basketball's best backcourt this season, and both are underclassmen. Both also are considered to be top draft prospects, as is Pac-10 Player of the Year Kevin Love. All three could leave Westwood, making Holiday the de facto go-to-guy for the Bruins before he even steps on campus. Or all could stay, and Holiday becomes a role player. But Holiday is too talented to stay on the bench for long.

Prediction: If two of the big three leave, one and done.

Greg Monroe: Forward, Helen Cox (Harvey, La.), Georgetown

Monroe's decision to go to a school like Georgetown, whose Princeton offense generally spreads the wealth around, speaks to his desire to probably stay in school for a little while.

Devin Ebanks: Swingman, St. Thomas More (Oakdale, Conn.), Undecided

Ebanks is an opportunistic scorer who has made a lot of his points simply by being the fastest player on the court and beating opponents down the floor. He'll have to adjust his game at the college level. That will take at least a year. Plus, he's now looking for a new school after the Kelvin Sampson affair at Indiana.

B.J. Mullens, Center, Canal Winchendon High, Ohio State

Mullens is a seven-footer, but so is current Ohio State big man Kosta Koufos. Koufos was supposed to have a big enough year this season to go to the NBA and clear the middle for Mullens. Now it looks like Koufos will stay, and Mullens will have to wait at least a year to make an impact.