In a surprising development, 7-footer Kristaps Porzingis has withdrawn from this month’s draft, agent Andy Miller told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Porzingis was looking like a first round prospect with a reported promise from the Thunder at No. 21. International players have until Monday to withdraw from the draft.
Porzingis, 18, had a chance to be a top-20 pick in the draft, but he apparently believes he can go even higher in the 2015 draft. He’s a versatile and offensively gifted forward and DraftExpress had him pegged at No. 15 in their latest mock draft. Instead of making the jump to the NBA, Porzingis will return to Sevilla in the elite Spanish ACB League.