Nevada guard Jalen Harris has declared for the NBA draft, according to ESPN NBA draft analyst and reporter Jonathan Givony.
Source: Nevada guard Jalen Harris has declared for the 2020 NBA draft. Averaged 22 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists per game this season.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) April 11, 2020
Harris did not hire an agent, so he could still return to Nevada. He ranked No. 24 on ESPN’s Top-25 best players for the 2020-21 season.
Per Chris Murray of Nevada Sportsnet, Harris requested to get feedback about his draft stock from the NBA’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee, giving him an idea on his draft stock.
Harris currently ranks No. 93 on ESPN’s best available board and No. 79 on The Athletic’s draft board. He is not ranked on nbadraft.net’s Top-100 draft board, CBS Sports’ Top-75 board, the Sporting News’ Top-60 board or Bleacher Report’s Top-50 board.
The draft was scheduled to be held on June 25, but multiple NBA teams are pushing for the draft to be pushed back until no sooner than Aug. 1.
Reporting with @DraftExpress: As information gathering on draft-eligible prospects remains limited in a pandemic, many NBA teams are united in hopes of encouraging the league office to push the date of the June 25 draft until no sooner than August 1. Story soon on ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 10, 2020
Harris has until ten days to withdraw his name from the draft. If the draft is pushed back, Harris would have more time to gather feedback and decide whether or not he wants to return.
The 6-foot-5 guard led the conference in scoring at 21.6 points per game this season. Harris was second on the team with 6.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. The 6-foot-5 guard was one of three players nationally — the only Mountain West player — to average at least 20 points, six rebounds and three assists per game.
The junior guard tallied double-digit scoring in his last 27 games, with 28 total on the year. He had 19 20-point games and six 30-point games. His best game came against Air Force, where he had career-high 38-points on 12-of-21 shooting, including 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. His 38-point performance was the highest a Mountain West player scored all season.
Harris racked up numerous honors in his only season of eligibility with the Wolf Pack. He was selected to the All-Mountain West first team by the coaches and media and the coaches also selected him as their Mountain West Newcomer of the Year. Harris was also named to the NABC and USBWA all-district teams.
The Dallas, Texas native totaled a conference-best at 25.3 points per game in 18 conference games. His 456 total points in conference play is the second-most in Mountain West history, trailing only Jimmer Fredette’s 502 points in 2010-11, the year he won the Naismith College Player of the Year Award.
Harris’ 456 points and 25.3 points per game were Wolf Pack records in MW play. He also set records with his 163 made field goals, 9.1 made field goals made per game, 331 attempted field goals and 18.4 attempted field goals per game. His 500 attempted field goals in 30 games ranks 10th in school history.
In conference play in 2019-20 alone, Harris finished 15th in rebounding (5.9 rpg), seventh in assists (3.8 apg), fourth in field goal percentage (.492), third in 3-point percentage (.414), second in 3-pointers made per game (2.9), 10th in steals (1.3 spg) and eighth in assists/turnover ratio (1.39).
Hypothetically, what will Nevada’s roster look like next season without Harris?
If Harris does not return, this is what Nevada’s 2020-21 roster will look like.
It may seem the Wolf Pack are guard-heavy, but multiple of my forwards and centers listed should play multiple positions.