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Nevada's Jalen Harris enters NBA draft without hiring an agent

Jalen Harris
Jalen Harris has put his name in the NBA draft but not hired an agent. (Byrne Photo/Nevada athletics)

Nevada basketball star Jalen Harris has entered the NBA draft but has not hired an agent, his father Erion told Nevada Sports on Net on Saturday.

Harris is testing the NBA draft waters and could still return to school for his senior season. ESPN's Jonathan Givony was the first to report Harris was entering the draft, citing a source.

Harris put in a request from the NBA’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee for feedback on his draft stock and those were mailed out earlier this month.


In his first active season at Nevada, the 6-foot-5 Harris was a first-team All-Mountain West pick after averaging 21.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists steals per game. He made 44.6 percent of his shots, including 36.2 percent from three, and was one of the nation's most efficient scorers. Harris had six 30-point games last season, including a school-record four in a row.

Harris' combination of size, skill, basketball intelligence and athleticism seems like a good fit for the NBA, although he remains relatively low on recent mock drafts after sitting out the prior 1.5 seasons after transferring to Nevada from Louisiana Tech.

ESPN ranks Harris as the No. 95 prospect in this year's draft and does not have him on its 60-player mock draft. NBAdraft.net does not have Harris on its top-100 big board or 2020 mock draft. The high analyst on Harris is former NBA agent and current player evaluator Matt Babcock, who has Harris at No. 38 on his mock draft, going to the New York Knicks. Harris also made The Athletic's list of top-100 NBA draft prospects.

Testing the draft waters is not new for Wolf Pack standouts. Over the last several seasons, Nick Fazekas, Marcelus Kemp, Cameron Oliver, Jordan Caroline, Cody Martin and Caleb Martin have all done so before returning to school. Others like Kirk Snyder, Ramon Sessions, JaVale McGee, Luke Babbitt, Armon Johnson and Oliver have entered the draft with eligibility remaining.

This year's draft is different than any other because of the coronavirus spread. The draft is set for June 25, but ESPN reported Friday the league and teams are fighting to push it back to Aug. 1 at the soonest. The NBA has told teams they cannot bring prospects to town for individual workouts, medical testing or interviews. All interviews must be conducted online at this stage. It is unknown if the NBA will hold its annual combine this offseason, too.

The NBA's withdrawal deadlines is tied to the date of the draft. Prospects must remove their names from the draft at least 10 days prior to selections. If the draft is pushed back to August, Harris' decision on whether to stay in the draft or return to school could extend deep into the summer.

Harris' decision will have a huge impact on Nevada's 2020-21 season. ESPN recently ranked him as one of the top-25 returning players in the nation. If he were to turn pro, Nevada would lose four starters off its roster from last season after losing all five starters the year prior and potentially set up a rebuilding campaign.

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