On Friday morning, six college hoopers made it known they are going to try to take the next step in their basketball careers. Two days before the entry eligibility deadline, multiple prospects declared for the 2018 NBA Draft.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Maryland announced Kevin Huerter will declare, but will not sign with an agent – leaving the door open for a return.
Maryland’s Kevin Huerter will declare for NBA draft without agent, school announced.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 20, 2018
According to the Baltimore Sun, the sophomore guard is expected to be invited to the NBA combine next month in Chicago. Heurter finished second on the team in scoring and assists – averaging 14.8 points and 3.4 assists per game last season.
Syracuse tweeted out its support for sophomore guard Tyus Battle who will also enter his name into the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent. Battle averaged 19.2 points, 2.9 boards and dished 2.1 assists per game last season.
— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) April 20, 2018
Syracuse wing Tyus Battle, a projected first round pick on the latest ESPN mock draft, will declare for the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, sources say.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) April 20, 2018
UConn guard Christian Vital is also testing the NBA waters without an agent. Vital averaged 14.9 points, 5.4 boards and 1.7 assists per game in his sophomore season with the Huskies.
UConn's Christian Vital will declare for the 2018 NBA Draft, but won't hire an agent, per release.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 20, 2018
If you’ve been paying attention you’ve noticed a pattern here.
Jarred Vanderbilt also put his name in the hat – becoming the sixth Kentucky player to enter the draft. The freshman forward won’t hire an agent after averaging 5.9 points and 7.9 rebounds in the 14 games last season. Despite being limited by injuries, Vanderbilt was considered one of the best rebounders in college hoops.
Appreciate the support!✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/pGsYuvGEJD
— Jarred Vanderbilt (@JVando) April 20, 2018
A Kansas big man will also declare for the draft without the help of an agent. Udoka Azubuike said his goal is to gauge interest from NBA officials concerning his draft stock.
“I want to declare for this year’s [NBA] draft, but I am not going to hire an agent,” Azubuike said. “I’m going to wait and see where I stand among other bigs out there. I appreciate everyone’s support, but I’m not saying goodbye. I’m saying I want to find out. Like many other players, I’m curious.”
Azubuike was easily Kansas’ most efficient player last season – making 77.0% of his shots from the floor. He averaged 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 36 games.
Michigan’s Charles Matthews will also see if he has what it takes to go pro – without an agent of course. The Kentucky transfer averaged 13 points per game on 50 percent shooting in 2017-18. He’ll have two years of eligibility left if he comes back to play for the Wolverines.
— Charles Matthews (@1CMatthews) April 20, 2018
NBA hopefuls have until June 11th to withdraw their application and the 2018 NBA Draft will take place on June 21st.