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July 30: Former Texas guard Matt Coleman III has agreed to a free-agent deal with the Sacramento Kings, according to Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated. The deal includes an invitation to Kings training camp.
Coleman went undrafted Thursday night, while his former teammates, Kai Jones, Greg Brown and Jericho Sims, all found homes during the draft.
July 30: Former Baylor guard Mark Vital is now a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, after signing an undrafted free agent contract with the team.
Vital helped the Bears win their first national championship in April. While not a high-level offensive performer, he was one of the best defenders and rebounders in the Big 12 the past two seasons. He is the second Big 12 player to join the Trail Blazers. Texas forward Greg Brown was drafted No. 43 overall by Portland on Thursday night.
July 30: Former Baylor guard MaCio Teague has signed what the NBA calls a ‘Exhibit 10’ deal with the Utah Jazz, per HoopsHype.com
An Exhibit 10 contract actually gives Teague some options with the Jazz. It’s a one-year contract that includes a training camp invitation, so Teague will join his former Bears teammate, Jared Butler, at Jazz training camp. There’s a potential bonus for Teague, as well, should he fail to make the team. That bonus could be up to $50,000, if Teague signs with the Jazz’s G League affiliate and plays 60 days for the affiliate.
Butler was taken by the Jazz in the second round of the draft Thursday night.
July 30: After falling out of the NBA Draft on Thursday night, former Texas Tech guard Mac McClung ended up signing a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. He posted the news on Twitter.
McClung left Tech early for the NBA Draft and surrendered his remaining eligibility.
July 28: With the NBA Draft just a day away, The Athletic’s most recent ‘live’ mock draft has the Oklahoma City Thunder taking Texas forward Kai Jones at No. 16. The mock is ‘live,’ as writer Sam Vecenie will be updating the mock in the final day leading up to the draft.
Jones is widely considered a first-round pick, though it’s unclear where he’ll be drafted, as we noted in our projection piece at HeartlandCollegeSports.com.
As for other Big 12 players in this mock, Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham went No. 1 to the Detroit Pistons; Baylor guard Davion Mitchell went No. 13 overall to the Indiana Pacers; Baylor guard Jared Butler went No. 17 overall to the New Orleans Pelicans; and West Virginia guard Miles McBride went No. 28 overall to the Philadelphia 76ers to wrap up the Big 12 in the first round.
In the second round, Oklahoma guard Austin Reaves went No. 38 overall to Chicago, Texas forward Greg Brown went No. 48 to Atlanta, and Texas forward Jericho Sims went No. 57 overall to Charlotte.
July 26: Sports Illustrated’s latest mock draft had Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham going No. 1 overall to the Detroit Pistons, and noted that there’s little to indicate the Pistons won’t execute that pick on draft night, which is Thursday.
The mock, by Jeremy Woo, noted that Cunningham worked out with the Pistons last week, and is reportedly happy with the idea of being a Piston. Detroit boasts a young roster that returns two All-Rookie NBA players from last season, along with their leading scorer from last year, Jerami Grant. But, the Pistons haven’t been to the playoffs for more than a decade.
There were other Big 12 players included in the first round. Texas forward Kai Jones went No. 11 overall to the Charlotte Hornets, Baylor guard Davion Mitchell went No. 13 to the Indiana Pacers, Baylor guard Jared Butler went No. 22 to the Los Angeles Lakers and West Virginia guard Miles McBride went No. 27 overall to the Brooklyn Nets.
Big 12 players selected in the second round included Oklahoma guard Austin Reaves (No. 45, Boston), Texas forward Greg Brown (No. 52, Detroit) and Texas forward Jericho Sims (No. 54, Indiana).
July 25: Baylor guard Jared Butler, who was medically cleared for the NBA Draft just a couple of weeks ago, went to the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 22 in the latest mock draft put together by ESPN.com’s Jonathan Givony.
Butler has been a popular selection in the back half of the first round. By going to the Lakers, he would be joining a team led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis that is less than a year removed from winning an NBA title.
Three other Big 12 players went in the first round. Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham was No. 1 to the Detroit Pistons, Baylor guard Davion Mitchell was No. 13 to the Indiana Pacers, and Texas forward Kai Jones was No. 21 to the New York Knicks.
In the second round, West Virginia guard Miles McBride went No. 31 to the newly-crowned World Champion Milwaukee Bucks, Oklahoma guard Austin Reaves went No. 45 to the Boston Celtics, Texas forward Jericho Sims went No. 48 to the Atlanta Hawks and Texas forward Greg Brown went No. 51 overall to the Memphis Grizzlies
July 20: Baylor guard Davion Mitchell went No. 9 to the New Orleans Pelicans in the latest Sports Illustrated two-round NBA Mock Draft.
The author, Jeremy Woo, mocked out each pick, and eight Big 12 players were selected.
Mitchell was one of three Big 12 players taken in the ‘Lottery’ portion, which are the first 14 picks. Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham, widely regarded as the No. 1 pick, went No. 1 to Detroit. Texas forward Kai Jones, who has soared up draft boards this spring and summer, went at No. 10 to the Charlotte Hornets.
Baylor guard Jared Butler rounded out the first round for Big 12 players, as Woo slotted him at No. 26 to the Denver Nuggets.
In the second round, Woo had the New York Knicks selecting West Virginia guard Miles McBride at No. 32. From there, Oklahoma guard Austin Reaves went at No. 45 to the Boston Celtics, Texas center Jericho Sims went No. 52 to the Pistons and Texas forward Greg Brown went No. 54 to the Indiana Pacers
July 19: Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham remains the favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft in two weeks, but the rest of the first round appears stocked with Big 12 talent, if the latest mock draft at CBSSports.com is any indication.
Cunningham, per this mock by Colin-Ward Henninger, will go No. 1 to the Pistons by all indications. Henninger referenced one scout noting that they believe Cunningham is “most complete prospect I’ve seen in my lifetime.”
After that, Baylor’s Davion Mitchell goes to the San Antonio Spurs at No. 12 and he’s the last Big 12 player selected in the lottery portion of the draft. Further down, Texas forward Kai Jones goes at No. 21 to the New York Knicks. Jones has been listed as a lottery pick in other mocks. Right after that, Baylor’s Jared Butler goes No. 22 to the Los Angeles Lakers. Butler was just medically cleared for the draft due to a heart condition. West Virginia guard Miles McBride slips into the first round at No. 27 to Brooklyn, though there are other mocks that list McBride going as high as No. 17.
Notably absent from the first round of this mock is Texas forward Greg Brown, who has been in several first-round mocks in recent weeks.
The NBA Draft is set for July 29.
July 17: Baylor guard Jared Butler learned on Saturday that the NBA had medically cleared him for the 2021 NBA Draft.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the NBA’s Fitness-To-Play Panel had approved Butler’s eligibility for the Draft.
Butler tweeted his happiness shortly after Charania reported the news.
Butler wasn’t allowed to compete at the NBA Combine in June after his heart condition was referred to the Fitness-To-Play panel. Butler was first diagnosed with a heart condition when he enrolled at Alabama in 2018. Upon transferring to Baylor before the 2018-19 season, he had been medically cleared to play for each of his three seasons with the Bears.
The NBA Draft will be July 29. Many expect Butler to be a first-round pick.
July 7: Texas Tech guard/forward Terrence Shannon Jr. announced on Wednesday that he would withdraw his name from the NBA Draft and return to Lubbock for another season.
Shannon Jr. made the announcement via a video on Twitter and other social media.
Shannon Jr. was the last Big 12 player that had a decision to make about the NBA Draft. He returns to Lubbock with three years of eligibility remaining (including his COVID-19 season). Shannon Jr. stands to be the Red Raiders’ top scoring option next season and could play his way into being a first-round lock in the 2022 NBA Draft.
July 6: Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji announced he would remove his name from the 2021 NBA Draft and return to the Jayhawks this season.
Agbaji made his announcement on Twitter and other social media outlets.
Agbaji is coming off a 2020-21 in which led the Big 12 in three-point field goals made (2.6), was fourth in three-point field goal percentage (37.7) and 12th in scoring (14.1). His return gives the Jayhawks four returning starters, along with Jalen Wilson (who announced his return on July 3), David McCormack and Christian Braun.
July 3: Lost amid the business of Name, Image and Likeness news was that Kansas forward Jalen Wilson announced on Friday that he would be returning to Kansas next season.
The forward, who declared for the NBA Draft after the season and submitted his name to the NBA Draft, announced his return on Twitter.
Wilson tested the waters and got his report card, and he’ll return to the Jayhawks for his sophomore season.
Ochai Agbaji is the only remaining Jayhawks that could return for next season. He will need to announce his decision by July 7 in order to retain his college eligibility.
July 3: West Virginia guard Miles McBride became the latest Big 12 guard to make a decision about his future on Saturday, as he tweeted out that he would remain in the 2021 NBA Draft.
McBride’s decision follows his teammate Sean McNeil, who tweeted that he was coming back to West Virginia, and Texas guard Courtney Ramey, who announced he would be returning to the Longhorns.
McBride spent two seasons with West Virginia. He participated in the NBA Scouting Combine and saw his stock go up significantly after workouts at both the Combine and with individual NBA teams. Priority Sports also announced that it would be representing McBride.
July 3: West Virginia guard Sean McNeil announced on Twitter on Saturday that he would be withdrawing his name from the NBA Draft and returning to the West Virginia Mountaineers next season.
McNeil is the second West Virginia guard to remove his name from the NBA Draft. Taz Sherman did so earlier this year. The only remaining Mountaineer with a decision to make is Miles McBride, who participated in the NBA Scouting Combine.
July 3: Texas guard Courtney Ramey will remove his name from the NBA Draft and return to Texas for another season, reports CBSSports.com’s Jon Rothstein.
Ramey was a starter for the Longhorns last season, who won the Big 12 Tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament. He scored 12.2 points per game, while averaging 3.2 rebounds and 3.9 steals per game. It is anticipated he will be a starter alongside the other holdover guard from last season, Andrew Jones.
June 22 — The NBA Combine is going on in Chicago this week, and the Big 12 players that are participating did their measurements today, in preparation for drills and scrimmage play later this week.
One of the most interesting games is to see if a player’s height matches up with his college height. Let’s examine each Big 12 player, shall we?
Kansas G Ochai Agbaji — 6-foot-5 on KU roster, 6-foot-5 1/2 in shoes at combine, 6-foot-4 1/2 without shoes at combine;
Texas F Greg Brown — 6-foot-9 on UT roster, 6-foot-8 1/2 in shoes at combine, 6-foot-7 1/2 without shoes at combine;
Baylor G Jared Butler — 6-foot-3 on UT roster, 6-foot-3 3/4 in shoes at combine, 6-foot-7 1/4 without shoes at combine;
Texas F Kai Jones — 6-foot-11 on UT roster, 6-foot-11 1/2 in shoes at combine, 6-foot-10 without shoes at combine;
West Virginia G Miles McBride — 6-foot-2 on WVU roster, 6-foot-2 1/2 in shoes at combine, 6-foot-1 without shoes at combine;
Baylor G Davion Mitchell — 6-foot-2 on BU roster, 6-foot-1 1/4 in shoes at combine, 6-foot without shoes at combine;
Oklahoma G Austin Reaves — 6-foot-5 on OU roster, 6-foot-5 3/4 in shoes at combine, 6-foot-4 1/2 without shoes at combine;
Texas Tech F Terrence Shannon Jr. — 6-foot-6 on TTU roster, 6-foot-6 1/2 in shoes at combine, 6-foot-5 1/2 without shoes at combine;
Texas F Jericho Sims — 6-foot-10 on UT roster, 6-foot-10 in shoes at combine, 6-foot-9 without shoes at combine.
June 15: The NBA released the list of the 69 player that have been invited to the NBA Scouting Combine next week, and 10 Big 12 players made the list.
Those Big 12 players are Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji, Texas forward Greg Brown III, Baylor guard Jared Butler, Texas forward Kai Jones, Baylor forward Matthew Mayer, West Virginia guard Miles McBride, Baylor guard Davion Mitchell, Oklahoma guard Austin Reaves, Texas Tech guard/forward Terrence Shannon Jr. and Texas forward Jericho Sims.
The NBA Draft Combine will be held June 21-27 at Wintrust Arena and the Marriott Marquis in Chicago.
Players will conduct interviews with NBA teams and participate in five-on-five games, shooting and strength and agility drills June 22-25. ESPN2 (June 24) and ESPNU (June 25) will provide coverage of the five-on-five games from 3-7 p.m. ET each day.
A select number of standout players from the 2021 NBA G League Elite Camp, which takes place June 19-21 at Wintrust Arena, will be invited to participate in the Microsoft Surface NBA Draft Combine 2021. Five Big 12 players will participate in that camp, including Baylor’s MaCio Teague, Texas Tech’s Mac McClung, TCU’s RJ Nembhard, Kansas’ Marcus Garrett and Kansas’ Jalen Wilson.
June 14: Baylor guard MaCio Teague is among 40 players invited to the 2021 NBA G League Elite Camp, which will take place June 19-21 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.
The camp is another opportunity for these players to set themselves up for the 2021 NBA Draft, which is next month.
Teague is one of several Big 12 players invited to the camp, along with Texas Tech’s Mac McClung, TCU’s RJ Nembhard, Kansas guard Marcus Garrett and Kansas forward Jalen Wilson.
A select number of players from the NBA G League Elite Camp will be invited to participate in the 2021 NBA Draft Combine based on their performance. The NBA Draft Combine will be held June 21-27 at Wintrust Arena and the Marriott Marquis in Chicago.
June 8: West Virginia guard Miles McBride has received an invite to the NBA Scouting combine in two weeks, per a tweet from Jon Chepkevich.
McBride, who has spent two seasons with West Virginia, is in the pool of players for the NBA Draft, though he has, to this point, retained his eligibility. He doesn’t have to make a decision about that until July, but a week at the scouting combine improves his chances of making an informed decision about his future.
Last season, McBride averaged 15.9 points in 29 games, along with 3.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists. He was named a Second Team All-Big 12 selection.
June 7: TCU guard R.J. Nembhard told CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein that he has hired and agent and will remain in the 2021 NBA Draft.
This decision ends Nembhard’s career in college. He leaves TCU after three seasons. Last season he averaged 15.7 points, which was the sixth-best total in the Big 12. He also averaged 4.0 assists, which was sixth-best in the Big 12. NBADraftRoom.com noted that Nembhard is emerging as a player with mid-second round grade.
June 1: Two days after the deadline passed for early entry into the 2021 NBA Draft, West Virginia guard Taz Sherman announced that he would be withdrawing from the draft and returning to West Virginia.
Sherman did so via Twitter.
Sherman is a senior, but he had an extra year of eligibility in college due to COVID-19. He kept his college eligibility while he tested the waters for the NBA Draft. Now that he’s withdrawn, he’ll return to the Mountaineers for one final season.
Sherman averaged 13.4 points per game last year for West Virginia.
Guards Sean McNeil and Miles McBride, and forward Derek Culver, remain in the draft pool. Culver has waived his remaining eligibility. McNeil and McBride are leaving their eligibility open for now. They must decide by July 19.
May 31: With the deadline passed to declare for the 2021 NBA Draft, 25 Big 12 players have submitted their names, but not all submissions are equal.
Stadium.com’s Jeff Goodman has kept a running list of all NBA Draft entires and has divided them into four categories. The first, underclassmen who are foregoing their college eligibility, features seven players, with Jared Butler’s announcement on Sunday, which was hours before the deadline:
Greg Brown, 6-9, 205, PF, Fr., Texas (9.3 ppg)
Jared Butler, 6-3, 195, G, Jr., Baylor (16.7 ppg, 4.8 apg)
Derek Culver, 6-10, 255, PF, Jr., West Virginia (14.3 ppg, 9.4 rpg)
Cade Cunningham, 6-8, 220, G, Fr., Oklahoma State (20.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg)
Kai Jones, 6-11, 220, PF/C, Soph., Texas (8.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
Mac McClung, 6-2, 185, G, Jr., Texas Tech (15.5 ppg)
Davion Mitchell, 6-2, 205, PG, RS Jr., Baylor (14.0 ppg, 5.5 apg)
After that, Goodman has three other categories: Underclassmen declaring but maintaining eligibility, seniors who have declared and are done with college, and seniors who have declared but are keeping their options open.
The seniors who have declared and are done with college — a special category this year because the NBA is requiring seniors to declare due to the extra year of COVID-19 eligibility — includes five Big 12 players:
Matt Coleman III, 6-2, 180, PG, Sr., Texas (13.2 ppg, 4.0 apg)
Marcus Garrett, 6-5, 195, G, Sr., Kansas (11.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg)
Austin Reaves, 6-5, 205, SG, RS Sr., Oklahoma (18.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.6 apg)
MaCio Teague, 6-4, 195, SG, RS Sr., Baylor (15.9 ppg)
Mark Vital, 6-5, 250, SF, RS Sr., Baylor (5.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg)
After that, there are 10 Big 12 underclassmen that are in the NBA Draft but are retaining their eligibility, so they could return to school:
Ochai Agbaji, 6-5, 210, SG, Jr., Kansas (14.1 ppg)
Sardaar Calhoun, 6-6, 220, SG, Jr., Texas Tech (5.3 ppg) – transferred to TTU in spring
Matthew Mayer, 6-9, 225, SF, Jr., Baylor (8.1 ppg)
Miles McBride, 6-2, 200, PG, Soph., West Virginia (15.8 ppg, 4.9 apg)
Sean McNeil, 6-3, 210, SG, RS Jr., West Virginia (12.2 ppg)
RJ Nembhard, 6-5, 200, PG, RS Jr., TCU (15.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.0 apg)
Courtney Ramey, 6-3, 185, G, Jr., Texas (12.2 ppg, 3.9 apg)
Kevin Samuel, 6-11, 255, C, RS Jr., TCU (8.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg)
Terrence Shannon Jr., 6-6, 210, SG, Soph., Texas Tech (12.9 ppg)
Jalen Wilson, 6-8, 215, SF, RS Fr., Kansas (11.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg)
Finally, there are three seniors that are in the NBA Draft pool but can return to school:
Remy Martin, 6-0, 175, G, Sr., Kansas (19.1 ppg) – transferred to KU this spring
Taz Sherman, 6-4, 190, SG, Sr., West Virginia (13.4 ppg)
Jericho Sims, 6-10, 245, PF, Sr., Texas (9.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg)
What’s next? The NBA should release a final list in the next day or two. From there, the NBA Draft Lottery is June 22, and the NBA Scouting Combine from June 21-27. After that, those players that are eligible to return to school must announce their decision by Monday, July 19, at 5 p.m. EST.
May 25: Could rival Big 12 guards Cade Cunningham and Jared Butler end up teammates in the NBA? That’s what the latest ESPN.com NBA Mock Draft believes could happen.
ESPN.com’s latest mock came out on May 25, with Oklahoma State’s Cunningham, naturally, going No. 1 to the Houston Rockets. Cunningham is the presumed No. 1 overall pick, with Houston one of the teams most likely to get the No. 1 overall selection in the NBA Draft Lottery next month.
So how did the Rockets end up with Butler, too? Well, the Rockets have the Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round pick, which ESPN.com projects to No. 24 at the moment. That allowed the Rockets to double up on backcourt help by taking Butler.
Butler is the most intriguing name in this draft because he hasn’t officially declared for the NBA Draft, and he has until May 30 to do so.
What about the rest of the Big 12?
Baylor guard Davion Mitchell went No. 7 overall to the Toronto Raptors, a slot that has been pretty popular in regard to Mitchell the last month.
Two Texas forwards completed the first round for the Big 12. Kai Jones went to Memphis at No. 17, while Greg Brown went to Utah at No. 30.
Several more Big 12 players went in the second round:
West Virginia guard Miles McBride to Detroit at No. 37;
Texas Tech guard/forward Terrence Shannon Jr. to Chicago at No. 38;
Oklahoma guard Austin Reaves to San Antonio at No. 41;
And Baylor forward Matthew Mayer to Indiana at No. 54.
Brown is foregoing the rest of his college eligibility to enter the draft. He’s one of four other underclassmen that have declared and are not coming back — Baylor’s Davion Mitchell, Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham, Texas’ Kai Jones, and West Virginia’s Derek Culver.
Five other seniors — who had an additional year of eligibility due to COVID-19 — are also headed to the NBA. That includes Baylor guards MaCio Teague and Mark Vital, Kansas guard Marcus Garrett, Oklahoma guard Austin Reaves, and Texas guard Matt Coleman III.
The remaining players are underclassmen who are testing the waters or seniors that have left open the opportunity to return. That list includes Baylor’s Matthew Mayer, Kansas’ Ochai Agbaji and Jalen Wilson, TCU’s RJ Nebmhard and Kevin Samuel, Texas’s Courtney Ramey, Texas Tech’s Mac McClung and Terrence Shannon Jr., West Virginia’s Sean McNeil, Miles McBride, and Taz Sherman.
Missing from that list is Baylor guard Jared Butler, a player that many believe will declare for the NBA Draft and not return.
The NBA Draft is July 29. The deadline for early entry into the NBA Draft is May 30. The deadline to withdraw from the NBA Draft is July 19.
May 6: In The Athletic’s latest NBA Mock Draft, Baylor guard Davion Mitchell went No. 9 overall to the Toronto Raptors, further leading draft observers to believe that there could be two Big 12 players selected in the Top 10, along with presumed No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham.
Mitchell’s selection at No. 9 would make him a potential long-term replacement for impending free agent Kyle Lowry.
Cunningham, of course, went No. 1 overall in this mock, as author Sam Vecenie had the Houston Rockets selecting the Big 12 Player of the Year and Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.
One other Big 12 player made it into the NBA Lottery selections (Nos. 1-14 overall), as Texas forward Kai Jones went No. 12 overall to Washington. Jones left two years of eligibility to enter the draft after vast improvement from his freshman to sophomore seasons.
Baylor guard Jared Butler also made it into the first round, as the Philadelphia 76ers took him at No. 25 overall. The 76ers are currently fighting for one of the top seeds in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Other Big 12 players went in the second round, including West Virginia guard Miles McBride at No. 36 overall (New Orleans), Texas Tech guard/forward Terrence Shannon Jr., at No. 39 overall (Detroit), Texas forward Greg Brown at No. 41 overall (Brooklyn), Oklahoma guard Austin Reaves at No. 51 overall (Philadelphia), and Kansas guard Marcus Garrett at No. 55 overall (New York).
April 29: Baylor senior guard MaCio Teague is leaving the Bears for the NBA, he announced on his Twitter page on Thursday afternoon.
Teague is hiring an agent, which means he won’t be returning to the Bears next season.
Teague, classified as a senior, could have returned for the 2021-22 season because the NCAA gave all players an additional year of eligibility to ‘winter sport student-athletes who compete during 2020-21 in Division I.’
Instead, he decided to end his career with the Bears on a high, after the Bears won the 2021 National Championship game over Gonzaga. He also helped the Baylor Bears win their first big 12 regular-season title in program history last season.
Teague averaged 15.9 points per game last season. He, Davion Mitchell, and Mark Vital have all declared for the NBA Draft, along with junior Matthew Mayer. Junior guard Jared Butler is the only other significant Baylor player that hasn’t announced if he’ll head to the NBA or return for another season.
April 29 – Longhorns G Coleman to NBA: Texas senior guard Matt Coleman III announced on Thursday through a Texas press release that he will turn pro and hire an agent, ending his career with the Longhorns.
Coleman could have returned for the 2021-22 season because the NCAA gave all players an additional year of eligibility to ‘winter sport student-athletes who compete during 2020-21 in Division I.’
Coleman was part of a Longhorns team that won the Big 12 Tournament in 2020-21. He is the first Longhorn to lead the program in assists in four straight seasons.
Coleman completed his UT career ranked third in school history in career games started (128), fourth in career assists (477), seventh in career assist-to-turnover ratio (1.73, 477-275) and 16th in career scoring (1,448 points).
April 28 – Texas G Ramey testing NBA Draft waters: In an Instagram post, Texas guard Courtney Ramey revealed that he would be submitting his name for the 2021 NBA Draft, but intended to leave his eligibility open. In the announcement, he also noted that he was committed to playing for the Texas Longhorns next season, should he take his name out of the NBA Draft pool.
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This answers one of the lingering questions about the Longhorns’ roster, as Ramey had been silent about the NBA Draft and remaining in Texas with the change in coaching staffs from Shaka Smart to Chris Beard.
With this announcement, it’s clear that Ramey has a path, or, rather, two paths for next season.
Last season Ramey averaged 12.2 points and 3.2 rebounds last season.
April 21: Kansas senior guard Marcus Garrett will enter the 2021 NBA Draft, as he made the announcement in a lengthy thank-you letter released by Kansas athletics on Wednesday night.
The letter included his thank you’s to Jayhawk Nation, Kansas head coach Bill Self, his family, and teammates.
Garrett ended the long letter with this:
‘I hope I just gave you a glimpse into how amazing these last four years have been for me. Now…it’s time for the next chapter in my life.
‘But don’t ever get it twisted, it’s Rock Chalk forever.’
Garrett could have returned for the 2021-22 season because the NCAA gave all players an additional year of eligibility to ‘winter sport student-athletes who compete during 2020-21 in Division I.’
He played four seasons at Kanas and had his best season, statistically, last season, where he averaged 11 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. He was the 2020 Naismith National Defensive Player of the Year, and he was on the watch list for the 2021 award, won by Baylor’s Davion Mitchell.
While every Division I player has the option of the additional year of eligibility, Garrett faced a pressing decision because, as a senior, he faced the completion of his college eligibility.
April 21 – Kai Jones hires agent: Former Texas Longhorns forward Kai Jones announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he had signed with the Klutch Sports Group.
Klutch Sports Group was founded by Rich Paul and has represented a cavalcade of NBA players, the most prominent of which is LeBron James.
Jones declared early for the NBA Draft last month and is expected to go in the first round. A recent NBCSports.com mock draft had Jones going No. 9 to the Orlando Magic.
April 20 – OU’s Kur Kuath keeps his options open: Oklahoma forward Kur Kuath is keeping his options open, as in the past day he’s declared for the NBA Draft, kept his college eligibility and submitted his name to the transfer portal.
Kuath, who has a year of eligibility left, posted his declaration to the NBA Draft to his Twitter account late Monday evening.
Then, Kuath reportedly submitted his name to the transfer portal, and Kuath’s coach told 247sports.com that schools like Hawaii, Boston College, BYU, Marquette, Texas, and LSU had already reached out to Kuath about transferring, assuming that he decides to come back to school.
Kuath can retain his eligibility while he explores the NBA Draft, as long as he takes his name out of the draft pool before July’s NBA Draft. The early entry deadline is May 31.
April 16: Baylor’s Mayer submit names to NBA: Baylor forward Matthew Mayer is the third Baylor player to declare for the 2021 NBA Draft, though the junior is leaving the door open to return to the Bears for the 2021-22 season.
Mayer made his announcement on Instagram shortly after Baylor’s victory parade.
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Davion Mitchell and Mark Vital have both declared for the NBA Draft. Mitchell made it clear he was hiring an agent, a signal that he doesn’t intend to return. Vital has started a ‘glue guy’ clothing line and has started interacting with fans on the social media platform Cameo, and with that it would seem impossible that he would return.
Mayer, however, by leaving his eligibility open, can come back if he withdraws his name later this spring. Mayer averaged nearly 9 points per game last season and turned heads during the NCAA Tournament with his ability to put the ball down on the floor and shoot the 3. The 6-foot-9 forward has popped up in the second round of at least one mock draft, which was right after the NCAA Tournament.
Two other Bears — Jared Butler and MaCio Teague — are expected, at some point, to make a decision about their future. Butler is a junior and is considered a first-round pick. Teague is a senior, but due to the blanket waiver for COVID-19 can return to Baylor for one more season.
April 15 – Mark Vital heading to pro ball: Baylor guard Mark Vital became the second Baylor player in three days to declare for the NBA Draft, posting his decision on Twitter.
Vital wasn’t one of the Bears’ top offensive stars. But he did everything else for the Bears, including rebounding, defense, and grit. It led to him becoming the team’s ‘glue guy,’ a persona that led him to start selling T-shirts and hoodies with a homemade ‘glue guy’ logo on it. Plus, Vital joined social media site Cameo to send shout outs to Baylor fans, for a small fee.
Vital was a three-time All-Big 12 defensive team selection.
April 13 – Baylor’s Mitchell headed for NBA Draft: Davion Mitchell announced on Wednesday that he was leaving Baylor and entering his name into the 2021 NBA Draft.
Mitchell’s announcement came just a couple of hours after Baylor’s victory parade ended, in celebration of the team’s recent national championship. Mitchell told his Twitter followers last week that he would make his announcement after the festivities ended, and he wasted no time, posting the announcement to his Instagram feed. He noted that he would be hiring an agent, an indication that Mitchell does not plan to return.
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Mitchell is projected as a lottery pick in recent mock drafts, as his stock has risen dramatically the past couple of months.
Other Bears could be announcing their intentions in the coming days, namely Jared Butler and MaCio Teague.
April 10 – Cunningham finds an agent: Former Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham, the presumed No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, has signed with Excel Sports.
Excel Sports Management supports professional athletes in marketing and management services, among others things. Excel represents NBA players like Andre Drummond, Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade and former Oklahoma Sooners forward Blake Griffin.
April 9: Mitchell Gets a Big Boost: Baylor guard Davion Mitchell moved into the Top 10 of ESPN.com’s 2021 NBA Mock Draft, released just a few days after the Bears wrapped up their first NCAA Tournament title.
Mitchell was one of three Bears, and one of several Big 12 players, that appeared in the mock draft. Some of them have already declared for the NBA Draft. Some have not. Mitchell has not officially declared for the NBA Draft, but a report filed by The Athletic’s Shams Charania noted that Mitchell will ultimately enter the draft.
This mock featured the following Big 12 players:
Oklahoma State G Cade Cunningham, No. 1 overall, Minnesota Timberwolves
Baylor G Davion Mitchell, No. 7 overall, Washington Wizards;
Texas F Kai Jones, No. 16 overall, Memphis Grizzlies;
Baylor G Jared Butler, No. 23 overall, Los Angeles Lakers;
Texas F Greg Brown, No. 30 overall, Utah Jazz;
Texas Tech G/F Terrence Shannon Jr., No. 33 overall, New York Knicks;
West Virginia G Miles McBride, No. 34 overall, Orlando Magic;
Oklahoma G Austin Reaves, No. 40 overall, Philadelphia 76ers;
Baylor F Matthew Mayer, No. 50 overall, Philadelphia 76ers.
The NBA is set for July 29, with the NBA Draft Lottery drawing set for June 22.
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