Josh Oduro

Draft Notes: Murray, Cardwell, Harvey, Oduro, Battle

Long Beach State’s Joel Murray is taking his name out the draft and returning to college, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports tweets. The senior guard averaged 16.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG and 2.8 APG last season.

We have more draft decisions to pass along:

  • Dylan Cardwell has decided to return to Auburn, Rothstein tweets. Cardwell has been a reserve for the Tigers the past two seasons. He averaged 3.0 PPG and 3.0 RPG in 11.5 MPG last season.
  • Well-traveled D.J. Harvey is expected to remain in the draft, Jeff Goodman of Stadium tweets. He played at Detroit last season after two years at Notre Dame and another at Vanderbilt. He averaged 8.2 PPG and 5.6 RPG for the Titans.
  • Josh Oduro is withdrawing from the draft and heading back to George Mason, Goodman tweets. He averaged 17.7 PPG and 7.5 RPG for the Patriots last season.
  • Temple’s Khalif Battle will return to school next season, his father told Rothstein (Twitter link). Battle later posted a cryptic tweet that read, If it didn’t come out my mouth don’t believe it,” but given the lack of a clear denial, we’re assuming for now that Battle, who missed most of last season with a foot injury, will head back to college.

David Roddy, Jake LaRavia, Others Declaring For NBA Draft

Colorado State junior David Roddy will test the NBA draft waters this spring, retaining the option to return to school, he tells Jonathan Givony of ESPN.

Roddy, who is the No. 31 prospect on ESPN’s big board, was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year this season after averaging 19.2 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.9 APG, and 1.2 SPG with a .571/.438/.691 shooting line in 31 games (32.9 MPG). The 6’6″, 260-pound forward helped lead Colorado State to its first NCAA tournament appearance in nine years.

“I am looking forward to showing NBA teams that I can thrive in any situation,” Roddy told ESPN. “Whether the pace is slow or fast, free flowing or stagnant, there are so many facets and intricacies that I have learned over time that will help me be one of the best and most important players on the court. But mostly I am just excited to chase a childhood dream and make it a reality.”

Wake Forest forward Jake LaRavia is also entering the 2022 NBA draft while maintaining his college eligibility, he announced on Tuesday night (via Twitter).

After transferring from Indiana State to Wake Forest, LaRavia was a full-time starter for the Demon Deacons as a junior in 2021/22, averaging 14.6 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 3.7 APG, and 1.7 SPG on .559/.384/.777 shooting in 33 games (34.2 MPG).

According to Mike Schmitz of ESPN, LaRavia doesn’t project to be a “true defensive stopper,” but he players hard and has good instincts and should be able to defend multiple positions at the next level. He’s currently the No. 40 prospect on ESPN’s board.

Here are some of the other players who are putting their names in the 2022 draft pool:

Expected to forgo remaining NCAA eligibility and stay in the draft:

Testing the draft waters:

Our running list of early entrants for this year’s draft can be found right here.