Ryan Dunn, Nikola Djurisic Enter 2024 NBA Draft

Virginia forward Ryan Dunn has opted to enter the 2024 NBA draft following his sophomore season and suggested in a statement to Jonathan Givony of ESPN that he’s prepared to forgo his remaining college eligibility to go pro.

“I had an amazing two years at UVA,” Dunn said. “I’m focused on the next step in my life now. I got really good feedback from the NBA and am ready for the next level. I am all in.”

As Givony details, Dunn was considered one of the best defensive players in all of college basketball this past season, but his shot didn’t develop as NBA evaluators had hoped. The 6’8″ forward averaged just 8.1 points per game while making 7-of-35 three-pointers (20.0%) and 41-of-77 free throws (53.2%). He told ESPN that he plans to focus on improving his shooting during his workouts this spring.

Despite some shortcomings on offense, Dunn is still the No. 31 prospect on ESPN’s board and is viewed as a possible first-round pick after averaging 8.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, and 1.3 steals in 27.5 minutes per game as a full-time starter as a sophomore.

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Meanwhile, Serbian wing Nikola Djurisic has also declared for the 2024 NBA draft, per agent Misko Raznatovic (Twitter link).

The No. 78 prospect on ESPN’s board, Djurisic has been under contract with Mega Basket in Serbia since 2020. The 20-year-old, who was named the ABA League Top Prospect a year ago, has averaged 14.4 PPG, 3.4 APG, and 2.8 RPG in 26 games (30.7 MPG) this season, with a shooting line of .454/.330/.739.

The rules governing eligibility for NCAA players don’t apply to international prospects, so Djurisic will have the option of removing his name from the draft anytime up until the NBA’s June 16 withdrawal deadline. He also tested the draft waters a year ago before pulling out in June.

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