Boise State men’s basketball junior forward James Webb III will put his name in the NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent, allowing him to potentially return to school, he confirmed through a Boise State spokesman.
The news was first reported by Yahoo’s Shams Charania on Sunday night.
Webb (6-foot-9, 202 pounds) was named First-Team All-Mountain West earlier this month after he averaged 15.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game for the Broncos. He is a prime candidate to test the NBA waters thanks to a new NCAA ruling handed down in January that lets pro prospects who don’t sign with an agent put their name in the draft pool, take part in the NBA combine if invited and have a team workout without jeopardizing eligibility.
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“I talked to family, friends and the people who have been close to me through this whole process and decided this was the best step for me,” Webb said in a statement. “This new rule is meant for people like me to test the waters. I feel good about myself, where I stand and how much I can still progress.”
“If my workouts go well and I get the feedback I want, I will consider hiring an agent at that point,” Webb said. “That’s still a ways down the road though and I'm just focused on continuing to get better and put myself in the best position possible.”
No player in school history is believed to have declared early for the NBA Draft.
Workouts and team meetings will go a long way in determining Webb’s future. He is seen as a tweener between the second round and going undrafted. His athleticism is certainly NBA-caliber, and his rebounding has been solid. He improved his inside game as a junior, but his 3-point shooting dropped from 40.9 percent as a sophomore to 24.8 percent last season.
The NBA Draft Combine is May 11-15, and the early entrant withdrawal deadline is May 25. The draft will be held June 23.