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Nevada basketball star point guard Grant Sherfield will put name in NBA draft

Grant Sherfield
Grant Sherfield will put his name in the NBA draft. (NCAA photos)

In what could be another blow to the Nevada basketball team's 2022-23 roster, Wolf Pack star point guard Grant Sherfield announced Thursday he was entering the NBA draft, although he will hold the option of returning to school.

"Following prayer and discussion with my family, I have decided to enter my name into the 2022 NBA Draft," Sherfield wrote on his social media accounts. "I want to thank God, who is a constant presence in my life. Also, I want to thank Coach (Steve) Alford, the entire Nevada coaching staff, my teammates and WOLF PACK NATION."

Reached by Nevada Sports Net later Thursday, Sherfield said he will not hire a full-time agent at this time, which would end his college eligibility.

"I am maintaining my college eligibility but my main focus is preparing for the draft," Sherfield wrote in a text to NSN.

Players who test the NBA draft waters have until June 13 to decide whether to withdraw their name from the draft and return to college. Sherfield has two seasons of college eligibility remaining.

Sherfield began his career at Wichita State before transferring to Nevada, where he's played the last two seasons, earning first-team All-Mountain West honors as a sophomore and third-team All-MW accolades as a junior. Last season, Sherfield averaged 19.1 points, 6.4 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game, all career highs. He shot 43.5 percent from the field, including 33.3 percent from three. The preseason MW player of the year was the only college player to average at least 19 points and six assists per game.

A 6-foot-2, 189-point guard originally from Wichita, Kan., Sherfield is not listed on ESPN's top-100 big board for the 2022 draft, which will include 58 picks. Testing the draft waters is not new for Wolf Pack standouts. Over the last couple decades, 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, Jalen Harris and Oliver have entered the draft with eligibility remaining. If Sherfield does stay in the draft, he would be the eighth Wolf Pack player to turn pro before exhausting his eligibility. Of the first seven to do that, only Oliver was not selected.

If Sherfield opted to stay in the draft, he would be the third Wolf Pack starter with remaining eligibility to not return to Nevada as shooting guard Desmond Cambridge Jr. and center Warren Washington both entered the transfer portal. Cambridge has committed to Arizona State. Sherfield is the 10th MW player to enter the draft this offseason, either by testing the waters or hiring an agent. Others to do so include Colorado State's David Roddy, Wyoming's Hunter Maldonado, New Mexico's Jaelen House, Utah State's Justin Bean, UNLV's Bryce Hamilton and Donovan Williams, Boise State's Emmanuel Akot and Marcus Shaver and San Jose State's Omari Moore.

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