DeJon Jarreau

Four Early Entrants Withdrawing From NBA Draft

Florida guard Tre Mann, UCF big man Collin Smith, Houston guard DeJon Jarreau, and UT Martin guard Parker Stewart are withdrawing from the 2020 NBA draft, according to a series of reports from Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports (all four Twitter links).

Mann tested the draft waters this spring after averaging a modest 5.3 PPG and 1.9 RPG in 29 games (17.8 MPG) for the Gators. A report in May indicated he was pulling out of the draft, but he disputed that claim, tweeting that he was still testing the waters. So far, there has been no indication that today’s report is premature.

Smith, who began his college career at George Washington, averaged 12.6 PPG and 6.3 RPG in 30 games (26.3 MPG) as a junior in 2019/20. He told Rothstein that he’s returning to school for his senior year.

Jarreau, the AAC Sixth Man of the Year in 2019, started 17 of 30 games for the Cougars in ’19/20 and saw his shooting percentage slip from a .471 FG% to just .374. He averaged 9.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, and 3.7 APG, and will return to Houston for his senior year.

Stewart, who transferred to UT Martin from Pitt, was the club’s second-leading scorer in 2019/20 with 19.2 PPG in 25 games (36.2 MPG) as a sophomore. He also chipped in 4.6 RPG and 3.8 APG.

Our full list of early entrants for the 2020 NBA draft, which has been rescheduled for October 16, can be found right here.

Draft Decisions: Jarreau, Elleby, Blazevic, Krejci

Houston guard DeJon Jarreau will enter the NBA draft without hiring an agent, tweets Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston. He averaged 9.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists during his junior season with the Cougars.

“I’m gonna test the waters, go through the process and get a draft grade. I want to get evaluated. If I don’t like what I hear I plan on coming back,” Jarreau said (Twitter link). “Basketball is my world. I’ve played all my life to get to this point. Coach (Kelvin) Sampson has helped me a lot, from being a basketball coach to a major role model (Twitter link). I’m very nervous because you never know what can happen. This is a big step. It’s always been my dream. So of course nervous, but confident.” (Twitter link)

There are more draft decisions to pass along:

  • CJ Elleby, a sophomore forward from Washington State, has entered the draft but plans to preserve his eligibility, a sources tells Jonathan Givony of ESPN (Twitter link). Elleby averaged 18.4 PPG and 7.8 RPG this season and was a first-team All-Pac 12 selection.
  • Lithuanian center Marek Blazevic has also declared for the draft, agent Tadas Bulotas tells Givony (Twitter link). The 18-year-old stands 6’11” and played professionally with Rytas this year.
  • Czech guard Vit Krejci, who saw regular minutes with Zaragoza this season, has announced he will enter the draft, Givony tweets. Bulotas also confirmed the decision for Krejci, who is 6’7″ and 19 years old.