Baylor junior forward Johnathan Motley will enter the NBA draft but won’t hire an agent.
By not hiring an agent, Motley still has the option of returning for his senior season at Baylor. He has until May 24 to decide whether to stay in the June 22 draft or return to Baylor.
“Entering his name into the draft without hiring an agent gives him a chance to get feedback from NBA teams and make an informed decision for his future,” said Baylor coach Scott Drew. “We want what is best for him and his family, and Baylor Nation will fully support him along the way.”
Motley has been projected to be picked late in the first round or early in the second round in most NBA mock drafts.
The 6-10 Motley won the Karl Malone Award as the nation’s top power forward and was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press.
Motley averaged 17.3 points and a Big 12 leading 9.9 rebounds. He also collected 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks per game, and racked up 15 double-doubles in points and rebounds.
Motley shot 52.1 percent from the field and 69.9 percent from the free throw line as he led the Bears to a 27-8 record and a spot in the Sweet 16.
During Big 12 play, Motley put up even more impressive numbers as he ranked second in the league with an 18.4 scoring average and led with 10.8 rebounds per game.
“Johnathan had a tremendous junior season and he became one of the all-time Baylor greats,” Drew said.
Motley recently underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus, which is expected to take a four to six-week recovery period.