French league forward Damien Inglis is entering this year’s draft, reports Pedja Materic of BeoBasket (Twitter link). Inglis, who turns 19 next month, is the 38th-best prospect in Jonathan Givony’s DraftExpress rankings, but Chad Ford of ESPN.com has him unranked.
Inglis has an intriguing build, with 6’9″ height and a 7’3″ wingspan, and several NBA scouts have told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports that they’re high on his defensive ability. The native of French Guiana didn’t put up impressive offensive numbers for Chorale Roanne in France this season, scoring just 4.7 points in 15 minutes per game. Still, he shot 38.7% from three-point territory.
Inglis tells Spears that he might withdraw from the draft before the June 16th deadline to do so. He wouldn’t be automatically draft-eligible until 2017.
“I want to develop my game with a good team who is very interested and focused on me,” Inglis said. “I want to play in the league next year but it depends. I don’t really want [to] take my name out.”