Osun Osunniyi

Draft Decisions: Flagler, Murphy, Muszynski, Aimaq, More

Baylor junior guard Adam Flagler is withdrawing from the 2022 NBA draft, he tells Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports (Twitter link). Flagler tested the waters and received feedback on his draft stock before deciding to return to school.

“I heard exactly what I needed to be able to show more of what the NBA is looking for, so that this time next year, I will be preparing to get drafted,” Flagler said, per Jeff Borzello of ESPN (Twitter link).

Flagler technically has two years of NCAA eligibility remaining, but it sounds like he’s planning to rejoin the Bears for just one more season.

Here are several more updates on early entrants‘ draft decisions ahead of the NCAA’s June 1 withdrawal deadline:

  • A pair of Belmont seniors, Grayson Murphy and Nick Muszynski, intend to pursue professional careers and won’t be returning to school to use their last year of college eligibility next season, tweets Rothstein.
  • Big man Fardaws Aimaq, who is coming off his junior year at Utah Valley, is withdrawing from the draft and transferring to Texas Tech, tweets Jeremy Woo of SI.com. Aimaq ranked third in the country with 27 double-doubles in 2021/22, Woo notes.
  • The following players are also withdrawing from the draft, according to various reports:

Trayce Jackson-Davis Among Draft’s Latest Early Entrants

Indiana junior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis announced on Instagram that he has decided to enter the 2022 NBA draft while maintaining his remaining college eligibility.

Jackson-Davis, who has started all 94 games he has played for the Hoosiers since his freshman year, averaged an impressive 18.3 PPG, 8.1 RPG, and 2.3 BPG in 35 games (32.3 MPG) in 2021/22, establishing a new career high by shooting 58.9% from the field. He currently ranks 72nd overall on ESPN’s big board of 2022 prospects.

Here are a few more updates on early entrants declaring for the 2022 draft:

  • Slovenian point guard Ziga Samar is entering the 2022 draft, agent Gerard Raventos tells ESPN’s Jonathan Givony (Twitter link). The No. 78 prospect on ESPN’s board, Samar is considered a potential second-round pick, according to Givony, who adds that several metrics consider the Fuenlabrada guard to be the best passer in Spain’s top league.
  • Two more Mega Mozzart players are joining Nikola Jovic in the 2022 draft pool. Forward/center Karlo Matkovic and shooting guard Malcolm Cazalon are declaring for the draft, per agent Misko Raznatovic (Twitter link). Matkovic is the No. 96 prospect on ESPN’s top 100. Both players tested the draft waters in 2021 as well.
  • St. Bonaventure big man Osun Osunniyi has decided to test the draft waters, he announced on Instagram. Osunniyi would have one more year of NCAA eligibility if he decides to withdraw from the draft.