Stanford’s Tyrell Terry to stay in the draft

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Stanford freshman Tyrell Terry announced on Friday that he will be keeping his name in the 2020 NBA Draft, foregoing his final three seasons of eligibility.

“After much thought and careful consideration, I have decided to keep my name in the draft,” Terry said in a statement. His decision came days before the NCAA’s August 3rd deadline to withdraw.

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Terry, a top 50 prospect coming out of high school in Minnesota, averaged 14.6 points and 3.2 assists while shooting 41 percent from three for the Cardinal this past season. He is considered a borderline first round pick. He’s a terrific shooter at 6-foot-1, but he weighs 165 pounds soaking wet and has some room to grow as a playmaker before he’s performing at an NBA level. While his consensus projection will likely end up somewhere around the early-30s, Terry is the type of prospect that NBA organizations vary on. Some love his potential. Others are concerned about how much of a project he’ll be.

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That said, he only needs one team to fall in love to go in the 20s, and my guess is that he’ll end up somewhere in that range on draft night.

Terry’s departure is a crippling blow for Stanford. Widely considered a preseason All-American candidate, the Cardinal had a roster that was loaded. They returned everyone from a 20-win team, including potential all-Pac-12 forward Oscar Da Silva as well as Spender Jones, Bryce Wills and Daejon Davis. Stanford also landed a commitment from Ziaire Williams, a top ten prospect that would slide in perfectly alongside Terry and Da Silva. With Terry gone, Jerod Haase will head into next season with a talented roster that lacks any kind of proven experience at the point.

With Terry, the Cardinal were a potential preseason top ten team with a very real chance to win the Pac-12 title. Without him, Stanford falls out of the NBC Sports preseason top 25.