According to a report from Jon Rothstein of FRS Sports, Wyoming guard Justin James has officially withdrawn from the 2018 NBA Draft and will be returning to the Cowboys program next season.
James now joins Fresno State’s Deshon Taylor and Nevada’s Jordan Caroline as recent conference stand-outs that have decided to withdraw from the draft.
The news of James’ decision comes as no surprise to most, as he was likely projected as an undrafted prospect, despite his impressive size at 6’ 7” and natural scoring ability. Last season, James led the Cowboys in both scoring (18.9) and assists (3.1) per contest, while also finishing as the team’s second-best rebounder (6.0) on a nightly basis.
However, James return now puts him firmly alongside players like Taylor and Caroline, as frontrunners for the 2018-2019 Mountain West Player of the Year award.
James’ preseason expectations for the accolade could be altered later tonight by the impending announcements of Nevada swingmen Caleb and Cody Martin, who seem to be leaving their own 2018 NBA Draft decision to the final minutes. The latest a player can officially withdraw from the selection process and retain their collegiate eligibility is anytime before midnight tonight (Wednesday, May 30th).
The 2018 NBA Draft will take place on June 21st at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.