APRIL 20: Oliver tells News 4-Fox 11 in Nevada that he intends to hire an agent for the 2017 draft, forgoing his remaining two years of college eligibility.
MARCH 23: Nevada power forward Cameron Oliver has decided to enter the NBA draft, but won’t hire an agent right away, reports Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports. Oliver will have until May 24 to decide whether to withdraw his name from the 2017 draft pool and return to school.
Oliver, a 20-year-old sophomore, played well in Nevada’s loss to Iowa State in the NCAA tournament, scoring a team-high 22 points to go along with seven rebounds, four blocks, and four three-pointers. It capped a productive sophomore season for Oliver, in which he averaged 16.0 PPG, 8.7 RPG, and an impressive 2.6 BPG.
Still, the 6’8″ forward is probably not more than a bubble first-rounder at this point, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford, who has him at No. 43 overall on his big board. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com is a little less bullish on Oliver, placing him at No. 59 in his top 100.
Oliver joins an ever-growing list of NCAA underclassmen who intend to at least test the draft waters for 2017.