Draft Updates: Shannon, Smart, Watford, More

Texas Tech sophomore wing Terrence Shannon Jr. will test the draft waters, declaring for the 2021 NBA draft while retaining his college eligibility, he announced today (via Twitter).

Shannon, who started 13 of his 28 games for the Red Raiders in 2020/21, averaged 12.9 PPG and 4.0 RPG on .448/.357/.756 shooting in 26.7 minutes per contest.

While those numbers don’t jump off the page, Shannon is a highly-regarded prospect who is a strong candidate to be drafted. He ranks 33rd overall on ESPN’s list of this year’s top 100 prospects and comes in at No. 37 on Jonathan Wasserman’s big board at Bleacher Report.

Here are a few more updates on the 2021 draft:

  • After testing the draft waters in both 2019 and 2020, LSU guard Javonte Smart will once again declare in 2021 and will go pro this time, he announced on Instagram. As a junior this season, Smart averaged 16.0 PPG and 4.0 APG on .460/.402/.857 shooting in 28 games (35.6 MPG).
  • Smart’s LSU teammate, sophomore forward Trendon Watford, is also entering the draft and intends to hire an agent, he announced on Twitter. Watford, who averaged 16.3 PPG and 7.4 RPG in 28 games (34.6 MPG) for the Tigers, is the No. 55 prospect on ESPN’s big board.
  • Florida State junior guard Sardaar Calhoun is testing the draft waters, he announced on Twitter. He saw limited action in 2020/21, averaging 5.3 PPG in 14.2 minutes per game (25 games), though he did hit 39.7% of his three-point attempts.
  • Keve Aluma, a redshirt junior forward at Virginia Tech, will enter the draft while retaining his college eligibility, he stated on Twitter. Aluma put up 15.2 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, and 1.3 BPG in 22 games (30.6 MPG) in ’20/21.
  • Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz of ESPN (Insider link) share their latest 2021 mock draft, which features Baylor’s Davion Mitchell moving all the way up to No. 7. Mitchell and Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs were among the players whose stocks increased the most as a result of the NCAA tournament.
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4 thoughts on “Draft Updates: Shannon, Smart, Watford, More

  1. Gary

    Lovin Mitchell. Looks like a real nice combo guard.. kind of like the guy from The Jazz who also wears 45.., oh never mind.

    Was I the only guy that said Baylor over Gonzaga? Do I get a brownie or something or a pat on the back or maybe a little ribbon even if it’s yellow or something?

    I’ll even take a, “what are you talkin about schmuck, you weren’t the only one who pucked Baylor, everyone else knew it too LOL.” Yeah right that’s why I won $628 in my pool.

    Of course I’m playing around. Wasn’t that an incredible game ? Even though Baylor was up 10 points much of the game, there was no way I was comfortable with that lead. In a split-second Gonzaga could reel off a couple or three runs and tie the game and Baylor would be on their heels. It was exciting the whole way. That’s all we can ask for is a great game. They delivered.

    • x%sure

      link to hoopsrumors.com

      There was not that much NCAA talk on HR for some reason… maybe that that the turny was not to the level of past tournaments… Houston vs Baylor in one final 4 game, cheatn bowl… meanwhile UCLA HC Mick Cronin did a great job in a pressure job where he was doubted. Is Zuzang that good? He represented well for sure.

      I led with Mitchell (“Mitchell carries momentum in his back pocket”) and K.Al also lionized all three top guards before the finals but likes Suggs. Longterm maybe Suggs has more headroom but not now.

      The guards were a turny strength in a #1-#2 final. But as happens, nobody on Zaga got the ball to center Timme near enough. I knew Baylor would roll fast before Gonzaga reacted… another post

      Wherever Mitchell was before, was not high enough… HC Drew, a believe-guy, got lucky.
      Suggs was already rising with Vencenie.

  2. Gary

    Jalen Suggs looks like he will be an incredible Pro. He’s a wonderful ball handler and a great scorer. Always in control never settles for a crappy shot. He shoots the three, he’s very comfortable with the mid-range, and is quick enough to get to the hole.

    Definitely a top 5 pick and whoever is lucky enough to get him will be extremely happy with the results he will provide in 2022

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    It was a good game. Baylor guards were too much. Gonzaga came in still high from last gm imo. They got back in it. But Baylor was just better. Played good team D. And their guards were just better. Butler and Mitchell both outplayed Suggs. Suggs hung in there though. He’s still a top pick only 19. Baylor guards older and more discipline in this gm. Suggs definitely going top 5. I had Baylor too. Didn’t win anything

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