Despite a report that said Isaiah Austin has decided to enter the NBA draft, Baylor coach Scott Drew said the sophomore center hasn’t yet made an official decision.
Sources told Bleacher Report that Austin informed the Bears’ coaching staff on Tuesday night that he’s entering the NBA draft.
“I know Isaiah is still talking with his parents on this decision,” Drew said. “He hasn’t informed us when he’ll officially make a decision. He’ll let us know when he’s ready to make a public statement on that decision.”
Austin was unavailable for comment, but said on his Twitter account: “To whoever falsely said that I will enter the draft, I am still weighing my options and have not come to an official decision yet.”
College players have until April 27 to declare for the NBA draft in June. Austin has been projected as a second-round pick. Last season, Austin waited until the deadline to announce that he was returning to Baylor for his sophomore year.
The 7-1 Austin was one of the top high school recruits in 2012 out of Arlington’s Grace Prep High School. It was widely speculated that he would declare for the NBA draft after averaging 13 points and 8.3 rebounds as a Baylor freshman, but underwent surgery for a torn labrum during the offseason.
As a sophomore, Austin averaged 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots to help the Bears reach the Sweet 16.
“We have full confidence that when Isaiah is ready to make this decision, he’ll be 100 percent sure of what he’s doing,” Drew said. “I continue to be impressed each and every day with his maturity.”