Abdul Lewis

Early Entrant Decisions: Isby, Montana, Molson

Utah State guard DeAngelo Isby has decided to remain in the 2018 NBA draft and has signed with Darren White of Future Sports Management for representation, he tells ESPN’s Jeff Goodman (Twitter link). After spending his first two college seasons playing in the JUCO ranks, Isby joined the Aggies for his junior year, averaging 8.4 PPG and 2.9 RPG for the program. He’s not considered likely to be drafted.

Goodman has several more updates on early entrants making decisions on whether to stay in the draft or remove their names from consideration, so let’s round them up….

  • San Diego State junior forward Max Montana will be forgoing his final year of NCAA eligibility and keeping his name in the 2018 draft, tweets Goodman. Montana, who spent two seasons at San Diego State after one year with Indiana, has dual citizenship and intends to play overseas, Goodman notes.
  • Canisius guard Takal Molson will return to school for his sophomore year, he confirmed to Goodman (Twitter link). Molson declared for the draft along with backcourt mate Isaiah Reese, so we’ll see if both guards ultimately end up back at Canisius next season.
  • Florida Gulf Coast guard Zach Johnson is withdrawing from the 2018 draft, tweets Goodman. After averaging 16.1 PPG on .469/.392/.781 shooting in his junior year, Johnson will be transferring to Miami to finish his college career, Goodman adds.
  • NJIT junior forward Abdul Lewis will withdraw from the draft and return to school for his senior year, per Goodman (Twitter link). Lewis, who began his college career at South Alabama, averaged 12.0 PPG and 8.8 RPG last season.

Draft Updates: Maye, Lewis, Sexton, Green

North Carolina junior forward Luke Maye will enter the draft but won’t hire an agent in order to retain his college eligibility, according to the team’s website. The first-team All-ACC selection averaged 16.9 PPG and 10.1 RPG.

“This is what the system is designed to do, which is provide players with an opportunity to workout with NBA teams and get feedback from those teams,” Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said in a statement.

The 6’8” Maye is not listed among the top 100 prospects by ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.

In other draft-related news:

  • New Jersey Institute of Technology forward Abdul Lewis will test the draft waters, Jeff Goodman of ESPN tweets. Lewis averaged 12.0 PPG and 8.8 RPG as a junior. The 6’10” Lewis played for South Alabama during his freshman campaign.
  • Alabama point guard Collin Sexton could be next season’s Donovan Mitchell, a late lottery steal, according to Joel Brigham of Basketball Insiders. Sexton could slide to the 8-13 range in the lottery and has star potential, Brigham continues. Michigan State sophomore swingman Miles Bridges and Missouri freshman big man Jontay Porter, the brother of more heralded Michael Porter Jr., could also fit the category of a major first-round bargain, Brigham adds.
  • Kentucky freshman guard Quade Green will return for his sophomore season, his mother to the Lexington Herald-Leader (Twitter link). The 6’0” Green averaged 9.3 PPG and 2.7 APG in 25.6 MPG as a freshman.