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Report: Colorado’s KJ Simpson Staying in NBA Draft

Mar 24, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Tad Boyle reacts during the second half against the Marquette Golden Eagles at Gainbridge FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

After a strong junior season, Colorado guard KJ Simpson has decided to keep his name in the 2024 NBA Draft.

Last season, the 6-foot-2 guard averaged 19.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.9 assists, while shooting 47.5% from the field and 43.4% from three.

He helped CU finish with an overall record of 26-11, before losing in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Marquette.

 

The All Pac 12 First Team Guard is projected to get drafted No. 45 overall to the Sacramento Kings in ESPN’s latest 2024 NBA Mock Draft.

Simpson impressed NBA scouts throughout the Draft Combine, as he reached a max vertical leap of 40.5,” which ranked second amongst guards, tied with USC’s Bronny James.

Despite being an undersized guard, Simpson’s ability to score in a variety of ways is what garnered attention of several NBA teams. The junior guard shot 43.1% in catch-and-shoot situations and knocked down 42.7% of his pull-up jumpers, according to The Coloradoan.

He is one of the best rebounding point guards in this year’s draft class, after having three games with 10 or more rebounds last season.

The NBA Draft takes place starting on Wednesday, June 26 at 8 p.m. EST, with the second round taking place on June 27.

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