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Avery Anderson Enters Name in NBA Draft, Retains College Eligibility

Anderson went through the same process last year.

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For the second year in a row, Avery Anderson will test the draft waters while maintaining his college eligibility.

The NBA released it’s draft pool late Tuesday night, and Anderson’s name was listed alongside 282 other players. In order to maintain college eligibility, Anderson has until June 1 to remove his name from the draft pool. Anderson did this last year as well to get a feel for the process and a feel for what the NBA thought of his skillset.

As a junior this past season, Anderson led the Cowboys in scoring, averaging 12.1 points a game. His 2.3 assists per game were a career high, but so were his 2.9 turnovers. He scored 20 or more points five times this past season, including the career-high 34 he scored against Iowa State in January.

“I’m aware [Anderson] has entered his name into the NBA draft process,” OSU coach Mike Boynton tweeted Wednesday. “We’re excited for him to get evaluated & then make a decision about what’s best for his future. It’s a great opportunity for him to take a step towards a lifelong goal and we totally support it.”

In the draft process, Anderson will get an NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee (UAC) evaluation, where the NBA compiles evaluations from NBA teams and projects when applicants will be drafted, if at all. Anderson told PFB last year that his evaluation came back as undrafted last summer.

The UAC evaluations are accurate when projecting first round picks and undrafted grades. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, 91% of players with a first round evaluation went in the first round. All 30 players who stayed in the draft pool with an undrafted grade during that span went undrafted. Predicting second round picks is less reliable.

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