Green plans to declare for NBA Draft to gain feedback

Indiana rising senior guard Devonte Green plans to declare for early entry into the NBA Draft, The Herald-Times has confirmed.

Although Green is unlikely to be drafted, entering the pool of eligible players allows him to gain feedback on his game from NBA decision-makers. The only way for players to work out for and receive direct reports from league representatives is to first declare for early entry.

The deadline for early entrants to withdraw from the draft pool and retain their NCAA eligibility is May 29.

Green emerged as one of IU’s best players down the stretch of the 2018-19 season, scoring in double figures in each of the final seven games. The New York native shot 51 percent (23-for-45) from 3-point range in that span.

For the season, Green led the team with a .410 3-point shooting percentage, and finished third on the team with 9.4 points per game. He said after Indiana’s season-ending loss to Wichita State in the NIT quarterfinals that he was looking forward to building off his strong finish to his junior season.

“I think just staying with my work, staying with my work ethic (and) being vocal to my guys like I have been recently is big for taking over this leadership role,” Green said.

A series of new NBA Draft rules have come into play for college basketball players in recent years, including the ability to declare, receive feedback and work out for teams, all while retaining NCAA eligibility. Former Hoosier Juwan Morgan went through the pre-draft process last spring before returning to IU for his senior season.

This year, the NCAA has adopted additional rules for the process, including the ability for players to retain the services of an NCAA-certified agent during the evaluation process. Agents can arrange for workouts with teams, and pay for travel and meals. As long as players terminate their agent relationship prior to the May 29 deadline, they will be allowed to retain their eligibility.

Under the new rules, undrafted players may also return to school as long as they previously participated in the NBA Draft Combine.

Indiana’s Romeo Langford told ESPN on April 4 that he also planned to declare for the NBA Draft. And given the player-friendly rules, Green and Langford may not be the only Hoosiers to go through the process.

The deadline for early entry eligibility is Sunday.

7 comments

  1. Houston can always use more sets of eyes to watch James Harden play basketball by himself.
    All you have to do is put on a Rockets uniform. No tryouts required You find a corner to stand and you get paid millions for what fan’s eyes will pay to see.

  2. I actually think this is a very good move on DG’s part. Maybe the feedback he receives will further underscore the things he is likely being told by the staff. It’s one thing to hear it from your coaches in college, but quite another to hear it from potential employers. If it works, IUBB might just see the “Good Devonte,” a whole lot more next year.

  3. Needless to say, Devonte might just be a bit green to think the greener pastures of making some serious NBA green is an awaiting Lady Greensleeves.

    Alas, my love you do me wrong
    To cast me off discourteously
    And I have loved you so long
    Delighting in your company

  4. You have to give Green credit for being ambitious and believing in himself. Clearly Green plays with a style that you often see in NBA games, or at least what I imagine those games include (I don’t watch NBA games, ever). But thinkaboutit’s comment above is right on the mark. The feedback Green gets might help him recognize his flaws that have been so obvious to those of us watching him. And you can’t correct a problem unless you first acknowledge you have one. Archie is probably delighted that Green is doing this.

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