West Virginia guard Sean McNeil announced via Twitter that he intends to submit his name to the NBA Draft, but left open the possibility of returning to Morgantown next season.
McNeil, a junior who is coming off his best season with the Mountaineers since he arrived in 2019, posted the announcement Tuesday morning.
McNeil’s decision does not rule him out coming back to West Virginia next season. Declaring for the NBA Draft allows him to go through the scouting process, and as long as he chooses to return by a certain date, he can play for the Mountaineers again next season.
Baylor guard Jared Butler did so last season. In some circles it’s called ‘Getting your report card,’ an opportunity for NBA scouts to tell players what they need to improve on to improve their draft standing the following year.
Butler took that feedback and turned it into an All-America season that is likely to make him a first-round pick in this year’s NBA Draft, should the junior decide to leave Baylor early.
McNeil was a vital part of the Mountaineers’ push to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, which ended on Sunday with a loss to Syracuse. In that game, McNeil had a team-high 23 points, along with seven 3-pointers.
He was one of the best sharp shooters in the Big 12, averaging 12.2 points per game and shooting 38.8 percent from the 3-point line. He also averaged 2.2 rebounds and shot 40 percent overall from the floor.
McNeil made his announcement the same day that his teammate, Jordan McCabe, announced that he would be submitting his name to the transfer portal.
You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.
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