A key members of Oregon’s Pac-12 champion team have decided to enter their names into the 2016 NBA Draft.
Forward Dillon Brooks will both begin the process, however with his decision to not hire an agent Brooks will be eligible to return to Eugene should he decide to do so. The NCAA deadline for withdrawing from the NBA Draft is May 25, ten days after the completion of the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.
It had been reported earlier in the day that Chris Boucher would also go through the process, but that is not the case.
Brooks was one of the Pac-12’s best players as he helped lead the Ducks to their first-ever one seed and the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. The sophomore emerged as a candidate for Pac-12 Player of the Year (won by Utah’s Jakob Poeltl) and earned first team all-conference honors after averaging 16.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
With Elgin Cook and Dwayne Benjamin out of eligibility, Dana Altman could be in a position where he’d have to replace three of his top five scorers should Brooks remain in the draft. Oregon welcomes a four-member recruiting class, including one of the top big men at the junior college level in Kavell Bigby-Williams. And if everyone who can return to campus does so, the Ducks will enter next season as the early favorites to win the Pac-12.
News of Boucher and Brooks entering the draft was first reported by ESPN.com.