Nevada’s Jalen Harris Officially Remaining In NBA Draft
Harris is giving up his senior year.
Nevada loses a starter
Nevada’s Jalen Harris was testing the waters to enter the NBA Draft but now he made the announcement on Twitter thanking the Wolf Pack for his one year on campus.
During that one season, he had a great year after coming in from Louisiana Tech, he put up 21.7 points per game, including topping 30 points six times, averaged 6.5 rebounds, and 3.9 assists. He also was named MW Wire’s co-newcomer of the year and a first-team conference.
Looking through most mock drafts, Harris is not projected to be a first-rounder and very few have him even as a second-rounder so it is a bit peculiar to see him declare early.
Harris is 85th on ESPN’s top 100 big board. NBAdraft.com lists him as not likely getting drafted category, does not have Harris among its top-100 prospects. He is No. 79 on The Athletic’s prospect board and barely cracks a first-round grade from Sports Illustrated at No. 60.
It seems a bit risky and the Wolf Pack staff would like for him to be taken in the top 45 to feel comfortable going pro.
“Noodles and I feel like 45 is the cutoff now,” Nevada head coach Steve Alford said via Nevada Sports Net. “It used to be 30. You look at the last six years, there’s been guaranteed contracts going all the way down to draft pick 45 on average. I had Norman Powell.
“I think he went 42, 43, 44 (actually 46th) and now he’s making about $10 million a year with the Raptors. He stayed all four years and wasn’t on anybody’s board after his junior year. Everybody’s path is different. I’m just trying to help the Harris family, feed them as much information as I can and know I’m being honest.”
There are plenty of reasons to leave and stay and now it is up to Harris to work out as much as he can to impress scouts — however that looks with in-person workouts likely limited — leading up to the NBA Draft.