Baylor forward Johnathan Motley has signed with agent Happy Walters and won’t return for his senior year.
Motley announced on April 10 that he would declare for the NBA draft but didn’t immediately hire an agent. He had until May 24 to hire an agent.
Motley was named second-team All-American as a junior after averaging 17.3 points and 9.9 rebounds for Baylor’s Sweet 16 team. He was in Baylor coach Scott Drew’s program for four years including a redshirt season in 2013-14, and graduated from Baylor this weekend.
“We will miss him and his mom cheering at games,” Drew said. “As for the NBA, we fully expect J-Mot to have a long and successful professional career. We look forward to cheering him on for many years to come.”
Though Motley wasn’t highly recruited out of Houston North Shore High School, he benefited from his redshirt season at Baylor and improved every season. As a sophomore in 2015-16, he averaged 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds before his superb junior year as he won the Karl Malone Award as the nation’s top power forward.
“J-Mot went from 205 pounds as a freshman to a 240-pound All-American during his time at Baylor,” Drew said. “All his hard work paid off as he helped lead our team to a record setting season.”
Motley went through the NBA draft combine in Chicago during the past week, and has been projected to be drafted late in the first round on June 22. Motley’s wingspan was measured at 7-4 during the combine, but he wants to put weight on his 6-9 frame.