On Saturday, Nevada head coach Eric Musselman received a welcome piece of information in his quest for a second-straight Mountain West Conference title. Just as he has hoped, 6’ 7” junior Jordan Caroline announced his decision to withdraw from the 2018 NBA Draft and return to Reno for another go-round with the Wolf Pack.
As you can see below from the program’s official Twitter account, there’s some “excitement” growing about the star player’s decision to return.
Caroline, a projected un-drafted prospect, is one of three pieces (including swingmen Cody and Caleb Martin), whose draft decisions were looming large for Nevada. As the first player of the trio to announce his return, the Champaign, Illinois-native now places himself along with Fresno State’s Deshon Taylor, another recent returnee from the NBA Draft process, as an early favorite in the conference Player of the Year race for the 2018-2019 campaign.
While Caroline’s decision will help Nevada immensely in the short-term, it’ll also likely increase his NBA Draft stock for next year’s selection process, as he may build on his 17.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game average (especially if the Martin brothers don’t return to campus).
The deadline for college prospects to withdraw from the NBA Draft and retain their collegiate eligibility is Wednesday, May 30th.
The 2018 NBA Draft will take place on June 21st at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.