March 27, 2017
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall men’s basketball junior guard Jon Elmore (Charleston, W.Va.) has declared for the National Basketball Association’s 2017 draft, Elmore announced Monday.
“I am declaring for the NBA draft,” Elmore said. “I will not be hiring an agent, but I want to test the waters and see where I rank among the nation’s best. If it does not work, then I will be back at Marshall next season.”
The 6-foot-3 guard led Conference USA in points (19.7) and assists (5.9). He became the second Marshall player to earn a spot on the league’s first team (James Kelly in 2016), the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ first team and helped lead the Herd to a spot in the league tournament championship game.
“This is really a win-win for us,” head coach Dan D’Antoni said. “If he’s good enough he will get a contract and join the league. It shows that we can really develop NBA-level talent here in the one and a half years Jon has been with the team. This will give him a chance to see if he can get to the next level as a junior. If he doesn’t like where he is projected, he can come back to Marshall next season and play for us. There is no losing in this situation.”
Elmore earned C-USA Player of the Week honors for the week of Dec. 12, while his 691 points were sixth in school history for an individual season. He became the third player in Marshall history to reach 200 assists in a single season (Mike D’Antoni in 1971-72 and 1972-73 and Cornelius Jackson 1990-00).
Players have until May 24 to make a final decision based on the new rule between the NCAA and NBA so long as they don’t hire an agent.
The NBA Draft Combine will take place May 9-14. Players who have not hired agents will have 10 days following that opportunity to make a final decision as to whether to forgo their athletic eligibility or return to school.
The 2017 NBA Draft is scheduled for June 22 and its location has yet to be determined.
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