In the past three months I've been asked dozens of times whether Colorado guard Spencer Dinwiddie would stay in school for his senior season or leave early for the NBA Draft.

Each time I've said Dinwiddie will opt to turn pro. I still believe that's what is going to happen whenever Dinwiddie decides to make a decision. He has a little more than a week before the deadline.

But enough with what I think Dinwiddie will do. Let's talk about what he should do.

Everything Dinwiddie dreamed of accomplishing in his junior season before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in January is still there for the taking in the 2014-15 season. Plus, there are a few bonuses here. He can remove any doubt about his health and ability to still play the game at a high level, for one.

He can still make a run at Pac-12 Conference championship. He can still make a run in the NCAA Tournament. He can still make a run at an All-American season.

Bonus No. 2: He will be surrounded by a more experienced group of teammates rather than the few veterans and a gaggle of freshmen he played with for two months this past season.

That fact will make achieving all those goals that much more realistic. Just a guess here, those teammates are probably going to be hungry to redeem themselves from the ugly way they finished this season.

If Dinwiddie comes back and leads the Buffs to even one of those goals, he will become one of the most accomplished players in the history of the program and help keep CU building on the unprecedented success it has had since he has been in Boulder.


And there is one final bonus. If he comes back for his senior season, he's probably going to leave CU next spring with the degree his parents would like to see hanging on his wall. If not, he will be awfully close to earning it.

Now, I get that talk of degrees and conference titles and program building all ring sort of hollow when compared to the possibility of earning millions in a league known for its glitz and glamour not to mention the opportunity to play alongside some of the players you grew up idolizing.

Obviously, coming back would be a big risk. Suffering a second consecutive major injury is unlikely but still a possibility and it must be acknowledged. Let's face it, Dinwiddie's draft prospects a year from now as a two-time injury risk would be far worse than they are now with just one significant injury in the bio. They could be far better a year from now after a full season leading a contending team in the Pac-12 and maybe hitting a few big shots in March.

We haven't really talked about the elephant in the room, which is whether Dinwiddie will even be a first-round pick this year. When healthy, he certainly has the talent to be selected in the first round where contracts are guaranteed, providing those selected with comfort and financial security for years to come, assuming they are smart with the money.

What I've heard from scouts and second hand from scouts my colleagues have talked to mostly indicates they would be hesitant about drafting Dinwiddie considering he still had room for development before his injury. But there are 44 underclassmen who have already declared for the draft this year and each of them still has room for development whether the name is Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker or Sim Bhullar.

The thing is most of those 44 players don't have a history of significant injury, especially not major injuries that are still preventing them from doing everything they would need to do in individual workouts before the draft.

So the choice comes down to coming back to CU for a chance at making history, another year of college life, a recovery that won't be rushed and an opportunity to truly answer every question the NBA has about you at this time a year from now.

Or a roll of the dice.

Come back to school Spencer. There is a huge opportunity waiting for you.

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