Juwan Morgan has declared that he will test the NBA waters without an agent. Because he will not hire an agent, Morgan will have the option to return to Indiana for his senior year. The 6-8 junior from Waynesville, Missouri made the announcement via Twitter:
I just wanted to thank God first for giving me this opportunity and with that I’m excited to announce I will be putting my name in the 2018 NBA Draft. I won’t hire an agent but look forward to this opportunity to do what’s best for me #Android13 pic.twitter.com/EG0mrq3Ivc
— JMo (@juwanmorgan) April 12, 2018
Morgan improved significantly in his junior year and first season under head coach Archie Miller. He led the team in several statistical categories including scoring and rebounding.
As a result of his strong season Morgan received post season recognition including 2nd Team All-Big Ten honors. Now Hoosier fans will have to await the NBA draft process to know if he will be back for his senior season.
THE NBA DRAFT TIMELINE
There will several key dates to watch as we await Morgan’s decision.
May 16 is the NBA combine. Like the better known NFL combine, this is where the players get evaluated, tested and questioned. Perhaps more important, this is a place where they can get valuable feedback from NBA executives, scouts and coaches. For a player like Morgan, it is a great opportunity to hear first-hand opinions on whether he is ready and what needs to improve.
The combine is on an invite-only basis, and there is no guarantee that Morgan would have this opportunity. Even if he doesn’t, there would be other opportunities to get feedback.
June 11 is the early entry withdrawal deadline. Basically, Morgan would have until this date to decide whether to officially declare for the NBA draft and forego his senior year at IU.
June 21 is the actual NBA draft. If Morgan declares for the draft but isn’t selected, at this point he would become a free agent and could sign on with a team to pursue the NBA G-League or go overseas.
NBA DRAFT PROJECTIONS
Morgan has not appeared in most mock drafts to date. This mock draft, which tends to be pretty accurate, goes through 2 rounds and Morgan is not included.
Morgan also doesn’t appear on ESPN’s top 100 (Premium ESPN Insider link) ranking of the 2018 NBA draft prospects. This recent ESPN 2-round mock draft (Premium ESPN Insider link) doesn’t have Morgan getting drafted either.
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