Only 16 teams remain alive in the NCAA Tournament, which means star players around the country are nearing NBA Draft decisions. While some will return for another season of college hoops, Louisville's Jordan Nwora will test the waters.
Nwora took a massive leap in production this season with the Cardinals. The sophomore averaged 17.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, following his freshman season where he only received 12 minutes per contest.
His game translates well at the next level because he is a versatile swingman that can hit perimeter shots. Combine his scoring ability with his knack for grabbing boards, and it's not hard to see why he would leave for the professional ranks.
Although Nwora will declare for the 2019 NBA Draft, he won't sign with an agent yet. This leaves the door open for a potential return to the Cardinals next season.
The Louisville star spoke to ESPN about the reasoning behind this move, saying "It seems like the perfect opportunity for me to try out with NBA teams and get feedback from them directly regarding my strengths and weaknesses."
Nwora was named the ACC Most Improved Player and made third-team all-conference.
If the Buffalo native receives positive feedback on his potential, then he'll most likely stay in the draft. On the flip side, negative reviews could influence him to return to Louisville.
Regardless of which route he eventually chooses, Nwora is wise for keeping both options on the table.