University of Connecticut star goalie James Bouknight has announced he will forfeit his last two years of college eligibility and compete in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Bouknight averaged 18.7 PPG, 5.7 RPG and 1.8 APG for the Huskies last season.
“Coming to UConn when I first signed up, Coach Hurley had a vision for me in helping to transform the program and bring it back as a winning program,” Bouknight said, via ESPN.
“We have achieved this goal. We succeeded, although we didn’t do the race we wanted to do in the tournament.
UConn lost in the first round of the 2021 NCAA tournament to Maryland – but Bouknight was integral to the Huskies’ return to the tournament for the first time since 2016.
Bouknight is expected to go out of the lottery late in the middle of the first round, but it’s quite possible that we could see his stock rise as we get closer to the draft due to his high intangibles.
NBA Draft Analyst Mike Schmitz of ESPN called Bouknight “arguably the easiest scorer in the draft.”
The 2021 NBA Draft is scheduled to take place on July 29.