Finnish power forward Joonas Caven will enter this year’s draft, agent K.C. Callero tells Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress (Twitter link). The 6’11” 21-year-old shoots well, though neither Givony nor Chad Ford of ESPN.com have him among their top 100 prospects for this year’s draft. Givony ranks Caven the fifth-best prospect among those born in 1993.
Caven plays for FIATC Mutua Joventut, a team in Spain’s top-flight league. He joined the team midseason after having played for CB Prat Juventud, a Spanish minor league team. Caven has averaged just 2.0 points in 5.4 minutes per contest for his current team, nailing 36.4% of his 1.8 three-point attempts in a small six-game sample size.
International early entrants can withdraw any time before the June 16th deadline, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Caven pull out. He’ll be automatically draft-eligible next year, but declaring this year gives him a chance to go through predraft workouts an extra time, if nothing else.