The Oregon men’s basketball roster could be looking very different next season.
Louis King, Payton Pritchard and Kenny Wooten will all declare for the NBA draft, as first reported by John Canzano. Who will actually take their talents to the pros and who will return? That will be decided in the next two months.
The three Ducks join freshman center Bol Bol, who has already hired an agent and made his decision official.
Making the decision to enter the NBA Draft and go through the draft process doesn’t mean all three won’t be wearing green and yellow next season. It’s called “testing the waters” for a reason, like dipping your toe to see if you might make millions or not. Totally relatable, right?
This news comes days after Oregon women's basketball star guard Sabrina Ionescu chose to pass on the opportunity to go pro.
Here is how it will go down for the Ducks before they have to decide on their future. Players invited to the NBA Combine can attend from May 14-19 and attend workouts hosted by NBA teams. The deadline for players to withdraw from the draft and return to school is June 10.
A new NCAA rule also allows prospects to hire an agent but terminate that agent relationship prior to May 29 and still be eligible to play in college. This will be very helpful when weighing whether to go back to Oregon or not.
Currently, King, who was a five-star recruit, is the most likely Duck to join Bol in the draft. His draft stock certainly climbed through Oregon’s run in the Pac-12 and NCAA tournaments after scoring in double-figures in each game and being named to the Pac-12 all-tournament team. The 6-foot-9 freshman forward has been listed as the No. 36 prospect in the draft by ESPN.
Pritchard also got attention from his postseason play. In seven postseason games, Pritchard took command of the team and averaged 16 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.4 rebounds.
Wooten swatted his way to 74 blocked shots and averaged 6.3 points and 4.8 rebounds last season
The 6-foot-9 sophomore also tore up the postseason; blocking 10 shots in Oregon’s two NCAA tournament games and four blocks in the Pac-12 Championship game.
Neither Pritchard or Wooten are currently listed as a potential draft pick on any mock draft I could find. Most likely, it'll be all eyes on King.
Next season could be destined for success after building on the 2018-19 season, which I view a success. After losing star Bol to a season ending injury, overcoming injuries to King and Wooten, Oregon finished the season with a 25-13 record and was the last Pac-12 team standing in the NCAA Tournament. No Oregon coach has more victories than coach Dana Altman (235 wins, 9 seasons), who also signed a contract extension through 2025-26. Oregon could return as many as seven scholarship players and add a top 10 recruiting class.
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