Morgan declares for draft, won’t hire agent

Juwan Morgan will use this spring to examine his NBA potential.

Morgan announced Thursday that he will declare for early entry to the 2018 NBA Draft with the goal of gauging where his professional stock stands. Morgan will not hire an agent, giving him the ability to return to IU for his senior season.

“I want to gather as much information as possible and see what opportunities may be out there,” Morgan said. “It has always been a goal of mine to play basketball at the highest level and this is the first step. It’s important to get an honest evaluation and that is what I am looking for.”

Morgan is taking advantage of a two-year-old rule that allows underclassmen the ability to enter the draft pool, while retaining their eligibility as long as they don’t hire an agent. Players are provided an opportunity to use the draft process as a learning experience as they work out for teams and interview with executives to see where they stand and how they can boost their stock for the next level.

Former Hoosier James Blackmon Jr. declared for the draft in 2016 before returning for his junior season. Robert Johnson went through the same process last spring before withdrawing from the draft.

“I think Juwan improved as much as any player in the country this past season,” IU coach Archie Miller said. “The rules are in place to allow an individual to get valuable feedback and we support Juwan in wanting to find out where he stands and learn what he needs to continue to work on in the eyes of key decision makers professionally.”

The invitation-only NBA Draft Combine will be held May 16-20 in Chicago. The deadline for early entrants to withdraw is May 30 — 10 days after the conclusion of the Combine.

Morgan was one of the most improved players in the Big Ten this past season, leading the Hoosiers with 16.5 points and 7.4 rebounds. Morgan improved his scoring by 8.8 points from his sophomore season, while shooting 57.9 percent from the field and posting 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals per game.


  1. He would have been negligent had he not done this. It’s becoming part of the normal process for talented juniors hoping for a professional career.

  2. If I’m not mistaken, haven’t all Hoosiers who have done this new “evaluation” process gone ahead to formally leave and enter the draft? Blackmon, Bryant, Williams, etc..?
    And aren’t most still playing in the G-League?
    I like Morgan a ton as a college player…but this seems like G-League calling.
    Interesting development…as it pertains to getting Romeo.
    Would any of this sway Romeo’s decision?

  3. This process is great for these kids. They get honest assessments from potential employers and can use that to make decisions about their futures. Not too many get that opportunity.

    1. Absolutely expected! Use every tool to get information and improve your pro prospects! Then come back to Bloomington to lead an IU resurgence to the top of the B1G and the Final Four! That is the path to the NBA!

  4. He’s one class kid, anyone connected with IU knows this. This is common place now. He will be back. It’s free feedback guys!

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