Indiana Hoosiers talent Robert Johnson is withdrawing from the 2017 NBA Draft, a source told FanRag Sports on Tuesday. The guard plans to return to IU to finish his senior year. As for other players in the process who have not yet signed with an agent, they have until the May 24 deadline to decide if they want to return to the collegiate ranks. For some context, the deadline to withdraw from the NBA Draft is 10 days after the combine.
“We were in the same freshman class in college. So I was always chasing KD’s numbers my freshman year. Anytime I had a good game he was always [right there] our points per game were really close. He kinda took off during the stretch of that freshman year, but I knew he was pretty much a one-and-done type situation.”
Indiana’s Thomas Bryant will sign with an agent, rather than return to school, a source told Scout. Bryant, a 6-foot-10 post player out of New York, declared for the NBA Draft on April 11th, but hadn’t made up his mind whether he would stay or go. Bryant informed Archie Miller of his decision late Saturday evening, per a source.
University of North Carolina juniors Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson and freshman Tony Bradley have filed paperwork with the NBA to enter the 2017 Draft process. None of the three have hired professional representation which allows them the opportunity to go through the evaluation process and either stay in the Draft or return for another season of college basketball. “We fully support our players taking this step of being evaluated by NBA teams to see where they stand in relation to the Draft,” says Carolina head coach Roy Williams. “All three players have options to do what is best for their careers and going through the evaluation process helps them make the best decision available to each of them.”
“I freaking love him,” said an executive of a team that should be fairly high in the Lottery. “This guy’s getting better as he goes, so I can’t see how he can’t be Iguodala — a guy who can defend and pass, and who’s becoming a better shooter. I know the Kansas people, and in terms of work and all that stuff … they were absolutely in love with him as a kid — not a little bit, a lot. He has Wiggins’ athleticism with character off the chain.”
“Physically, he’s got the strength and the power to play the four,” one Eastern Conference executive said. “There will be some matchups where he just doesn’t have the height, but he’s going to have enough versatility that (against) most backup fours, he’s going to be able to match up against them. The league is spacing and shooting; there’s not many power fours anymore. (But) I can’t see OG turning into Kawhi, personally. Kawhi was such a great rebounder in college, and that’s not what OG does.”
For Frank Jackson and his family, the process has been arduous, and the decision has been difficult. But in the end, Jackson decided to follow his dream. The Duke University freshman and former Lone Peak High superstar — the most recent Utahn to be a McDonald’s All-American — declared for the NBA draft on Saturday night. Jackson will not hire an agent and will go through the pre-draft process before making a final decision on his collegiate eligibility.