French forward Amine Noua is declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft, reports Jonathan Givony of ESPN. Noua, 21, stands 6’8” tall and has been a staple of the French national teams since he was 16 years old, averaging 19 PPG during the 2014 FIBA Under-17 World Cup. He currently plays for ASVEL Basket of LNB Pro A, which is owned by French basketball legend and current Spurs point guard Tony Parker.
Noua is currently ranked as the No. 78 prospect by Givony, but has been heavily scouted all season by NBA teams with draft picks in the second round, with many international talent evaluators considering Noua to be one of the better draft-and-stash options in this year’s draft. Noua was born in 1997, meaning he will have one more opportunity to go through the NBA draft process in 2019 should he elect to withdraw his name at the early-entry deadline on June 11.
In other draft-related news:
- Wake Forest junior big man Doral Moore has declared for the draft and will hire an agent, thereby forgoing his senior year, he tweeted this afternoon. The 7’1” Moore averaged 11.1 PPG and 9.4 RPG this past season, while also setting a single-season school record by shooting 68.9 percent from the field.
- Villanova freshman forward Omari Spellman will enter the 2018 NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent, per an official release from the university. Spellman was named the Big East Freshman of the Year this season after averaging 10.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for the national champion Wildcats.
- South Carolina junior forward Chris Silva announced today that he plans to submit his name for the 2018 NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent, per an official release from USC. Silva led the Gamecocks in points (14.3 per game) and rebounds (8.0 per game) this season, and was named First Team All-SEC.