May 30 was the last day to declare for the NBA Draft, and one Indiana player is on the final list.
Northwestern transfer Miller Kopp is one of 353 early entrant candidates, an election that allows players to obtain feedback prior to making a final decision on whether to remain in the draft.
Kopp’s name was not on early aggregations of the list, probably because he did not publicly announce his decision to enter the draft. He appears on the list now as Northwestern player, meaning he likely quietly entered his name prior to his decision to transfer to Indiana. Kopp is most likely just utilizing the process to obtain feedback from NBA scouts and executives, something we have seen several Indiana players do in recent years prior to their return.
Kopp is widely expected to play a significant role for Indiana during the 2021-22 season.
Over three seasons at Northwestern, the 6-foot-7 Kopp averaged 26.4 minutes, 9.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest while shooting 36 percent from 3-point range on 339 attempts. Kopp started 74 times in 87 games for the Wildcats.
The Houston, Texas product arrives in Bloomington this week with two years of eligibility remaining.
Under NCAA rules, in order to retain college basketball eligibility, college players who have entered the 2021 NBA Draft must withdraw by Wednesday, July 7.
The 2021 NBA Draft will be held Thursday, July 29.
Also on the early entry list are the following 25 Big Ten players:
- Illinois: Giorgi Bezhanishvili, Kofi Cockburn, Ayo Dosunmu
- Iowa: Luka Garza, Joe Wieskamp
- Maryland: Eric Ayala, Aaron Wiggins
- Michigan: Chaundee Brown, Hunter Dickinson, Isaiah Livers, Mike Smith, Franz Wagner
- Michigan State: Aaron Henry
- Minnesota: Marcus Carr
- Nebraska: Dalano Blanton
- Ohio State: E.J. Liddell, Duane Washington
- Penn State: Izaiah Brockington
- Purdue: Trevion Williams
- Rutgers: Geo Baker, Jacob Young
- Wisconsin: Aleem Ford, Micah Potter, Nate Reuvers, D’Mitrik Trice
For a discussion of which NBA Draft decisions will shape the 2021-22 Big Ten race, GO HERE.
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