Nevada's Jalen Harris is the like the rest of – social distancing at home while waiting for the spread of the coronavirus to relent so we can return to normalcy.
But he also has a decision unlike almost everybody else, that centering on whether he should turn pro this offseason or return to Nevada for his senior season.
Harris' father, Erion, told Nevada Sports Net on Friday that Jalen has not made any decisions on his future as the family awaits feedback on his pro stock. Harris put in a request from the NBA’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee for feedback on his draft stock. NBA vice president Kiki VanDeWeghe sent a memo to NCAA coaches earlier this month informing them the league is still accepting applications to the NBA’s advisory committee, per ESPN. The committee has not provided feedback to Harris yet.
The pre-draft process remains shrouded in uncertainty during the coronavirus outbreak. The draft's date and whether the league will be able to hold the NBA combine and/or pre-draft workouts with teams remain unknown. The NBA's early-entry and withdrawal deadlines are 60 and 10 days, respectively, before the draft, which would give Harris an April 25 deadline on whether to test the NBA waters if the draft date remains unchanged.
The draft could be moved, and the deadline dates are tied to the actual day of the draft, which could extend the time offered to make a decision. But there is a realistic chance players have to decided whether or not to enter this year's draft without knowing if they will get the opportunity of the combine or individual workouts. The pre-draft process could turn into a virtual process.
The pre-draft process seems especially vital for Harris, who would likely need the combine and individual workouts to separate himself from the pack of draft hopefuls. 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.
While Harris is on track to graduate this summer, per his father, the family has not discussed the option of grad transferring to another school, Erion said, as it sorts through the pre-draft process. That leaves the two most likely options moving forward being a return to Nevada for his senior season or testing the NBA draft waters. A timeline for the decision isn't firm as the Harris family seeks more clarity on the pre-draft process and awaits feedback from the NBA advisory committee.
In the interim, Harris is working out and finishing the academic semester, which is being held online by the university, which has allowed the Wolf Pack players to retreat to their hometowns.
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.
Here are some highlights of Harris' junior season.