James Webb III has declared for the 2016 NBA Draft, announced through multiple sources on Sunday evening.
The 6-9 junior forward was expected to test the NBA waters after his junior season, although he will not hire an agent, meaning he will likely return for his senior season at Boise.
Due to the NCAA's new rule for 2016 and beyond, players can declare for the NBA Draft but return to school if the player doesn't feel ready to take their game to the pro level. This is a wise career move by Webb, who has the physical tools to be a small forward or power forward in the NBA, but still has mechanics or techniques to master before being drafted.
Webb is an Augusta, GA native, who spent his freshman year at North Idaho College before transferring to Boise State. In his sophomore season, Webb averaged 11.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as his role expanded in Leon Rice's system.
Webb's junior year was a success as well, as his numbers increased to 15.8 PPG, 9.1 RPG and he also had a combined 2.0 steals+blocks per game. However, Webb struggled mightily from beyond the arc, as his 3-point shooting dipped from 40.9% his sophomore season to 24.8% this year. Webb will be a weapon in the pros if he can flourish from the perimeter because he already has the tools to be an effective post player, as displayed by his 62.8% career 2-point field goal percentage.
The NBA Draft Combine will run through May 15th. Webb has until June 13th to withdraw from the NBA Draft.