Texas Tech guard/forward Terrence Shannon Jr. declared for the 2021 NBA Draft on Thursday, but left the door open to return to the Red Raiders.
Shannon, 6-foot-6, averaged 12.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game for Texas Tech last season. He was selected to the All-Big 12 Third Team.
Shannon posted his decision to Twitter on Thursday.
Shannon noted that he intends to retain his eligibility while he explores the NBA Draft, and the rules related to the NBA Draft process allow him to do that, provided he makes a decision about it later this year.
That keeps the door open for Shannon to return to the Red Raiders, where he has three years of eligibility remaining. Shannon was one of the first players to congratulate new Red Raiders head coach Mark Adams once he was elevated to replace Chris Beard.
Several mock drafts have Shannon going in the latter stages of the first round or in the second round. A recent mock draft at ESPN.com had Shannon going early in the second round.
Shannon grew into one of the bench options in the Big 12 this season, after starting half of the season his freshman year. In his second season in Lubbock, he helped lead the Red Raiders reach as high as a No. 7 national ranking in early February.
The Red Raiders reached the NCAA Tournament and fell in the second round. Shortly after, Beard left Lubbock to take over the program at Texas.
Shannon, as a freshman, also earned All-Big 12 Freshman Team honors in 2019-20.
If Shannon chooses to remain in the NBA Draft pool, it would mark the fourth straight year the Red Raiders have lost a player early to the NBA Draft, as Shannon follows Zhaire Smith (2018), Jarrett Culver (2019) and Jahmi’us Ramsey (2020). All were drafted, and Culver was a lottery pick.
The NBA Draft is expected to take place in July.
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