The Nevada Wolf Pack are hoping to go 2-for-2 in retaining top talent in Reno. They recently kept head coach Eric Musselman from taking the Cal job, but now the focus is on keeping star player Cameron Oliver.
Oliver tested the NBA waters last year and there is a report from Jon Rothstein that he will do the same for the 2017 draft and not hire an agent. By not hiring an agent Oliver can retain his eligibility and return for a third season with the Wolf Pack.
Nevada's Cameron Oliver will enter the 2017 NBA Draft but has yet to hire an agent, per a source.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 23, 2017
However, Oliver made a carefully worded statement about his future.
I have not yet made a statement of what I'm doing with my future endeavors..— Cam Oliver (@SpaceCamm) March 23, 2017
Oliver does not deny the report but said he has not yet announced what his basketball future holds, but if he tested the draft process last year odds are he likely will this year as well.
Oliver improved his game by improving his scoring from 13.4 points per game to 16 and he was solid in other areas by securing 8.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game this season. He also was named to the all-Mountain West second-team and the all-defensive team.
The early mock drafts and draft rankings have Oliver as a second-round pick, and only first-round picks get a guaranteed deal.
The highest of the draftniks is ESPN’s Chad Ford who could see Oliver crack the first-round.
"Oliver had a strong game against Iowa State, scoring 22 points, hitting four 3s, grabbing seven rebounds and blocking four shots," ESPN's Chad Ford wrote. "But it didn't move the needle much for his draft stock. He's on the first round bubble in the Nos. 25-40 range if he declares."
First-found picks are given guaranteed money for the contract they sign, but second rounders are not given that luxury and may not even to make it through training camp and be on the opening day roster.
Last year, Oliver got very little interest and only had a workout with the Boston Celtics, but expect more teams to be interested this time around but the big question will it be enough to entice Oliver to leave the Nevada program.