Draft Notes: Mannion, McDaniels, Burke, Olaniyi

The NBA has yet to make any official announcements on its draft date, but there’s a wide belief that the current June 25 date will be pushed back. According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, league sources “are hearing about” a potential draft date in late August or early September. Some agents have been told there could be a scaled-down draft combine in August, with live interviews, Berman adds.

Of course, at this point, the NBA isn’t making any concrete plans, so those are scenarios that have been discussed rather than decided upon. The draft date will depend in large part on when the 2019/20 NBA season ends — if the league devises a plan that would see its Finals run into September, a late-August draft may not be viable.

As we wait for further word from the NBA, here are some more draft-related updates:

  • Projected first-round pick Nico Mannion has signed with BDA Sports for representation, the agency announced on Instagram (hat tip to Sportando). BDA doesn’t have any NCAA-certified agents, so the move is a signal that Mannion will go pro and remain in the draft.
  • Another projected first-rounder, Jaden McDaniels, has signed with Nima Namakian of BDA Sports for representation and will remain in the draft, tweets Evan Daniels of 247Sports.com.
  • Rather than transferring to South Alabama, Nebraska junior guard Dachon Burke has decided to go pro and will remain in the draft, he tells Jeff Goodman of Stadium (Twitter link). Burke has signed with agent Corey Marcum of EZ Sports.
  • Stony Brook is expected to lose junior swingman Elijah Olaniyi, who is testing the draft waters, tweets Goodman. Olaniyi hasn’t finalized any decisions yet, but is expected to either transfer to another program or remain in the draft, according to Goodman.
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3 thoughts on “Draft Notes: Mannion, McDaniels, Burke, Olaniyi

  1. Simmons>Russ

    Seen a lot of mocks have Nico Mannion really falling down lately.
    I think his production last year was abit low and he could’ve done more on that team but I still see potential and think at minimum he’s going to be a solid back PG.
    He put up 14/5/2.5, his shooting numbers were low, less than 40% FG, 32% from deep but his FT% of 80% tells me he has good mechanics and his percentages should rise. At 6’3 he has good size for PG I think he would be nice for Portland at 14, Minnesota at 16 and Milwaukee at 18. If he falls past this I could see him falling quite a way back due to teams not needing a point guard and maybe he goes to the Knicks at 25.

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    I’ll never say never. Steve Nash was thought of as a backup. All see him is as backup. He will need to get his shot down. Doesn’t have the quickness for NBA. When you get your shot. Then you can play off that. I see him going at end of 1st rd. Wouldn’t want with Knicks. Unless it’s second rd. McDaniels I like. He has size, handle gd mechanics. Plays D. He seems to take plays off. He is young. So don’t know if this is an issue. But watching him play. I see a nice future SF with size. There has to be something to why he’s dropped. Coming into season he was a top 5 pick. Now it’s looking like he’s out of lottery. I really want to know, see how this ends in 3-4 yrs. Unless something is wrong with character, work ethic, head case. I would trade up for him. If he falls out of lottery. Our second pick is at #26.

    • Simmons>Russ

      I definitely don’t think it a work ethic, head case, character type thing. From what I’ve heard he’s always been really humble and a good kid.
      I think it much just be because people thought he would do better at Arizona with Josh Green next to him in the backcourt. Both players have gone backwards in value this yeah.
      I still really rate Nico and I just hope he doesn’t end up on a team that he doesn’t fit.
      For example Magic don’t need another young PG that isn’t a great shooter, Spurs don’t need another young PG that isn’t a great shooter and so on

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