Sidwell Friends alum and NBA prospect Saddiq Bey will remain in the NBA Draft and hire an agent, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday.
Bey announced that he would be entering the 2020 NBA Draft back in April, but the former Villanova player said that he would keep his options open when it came to potentially returning to school. By hiring an agent, Bey is now fully focused on pursuing a career in the league.
«This has been a pivotal time in our country and honestly not how I imagined the last few months playing out,» Bey told ESPN in a statement. «Between the pandemic and national outcry against racial injustice, it has given me a lot of time to think and gain perspective outside of basketball. I have thought a lot about my decision to enter the NBA draft and specifically how that would impact my teammates, coaching staff, and the pursuit of my degree.
«I am really excited to start the pursuit of my NBA career,» he added.
Bey is coming off a sophomore season at Villanova in which he averaged 16.1 points per game, nearly doubling his scoring output from his freshman season. A unanimous addition to the All-Big East team, Bey shot 45.1% from three during the 2019-20 season, third-best in the nation according to Basketball-Reference.
His three-point accuracy will help him at the next level, as will his defense. The 6’8″ forward projects mainly as a 3-and-D type player, something that many NBA teams look for in today’s game. Bey currently looks to be a mid-to-late first round pick that falls just short of the lottery. NBC Sports Washington has Bey going No. 19 overall in the early entry version of the mock draft.
With that projection, it is unlikely that Bey will head back to the DMV and play for the Wizards, a team that is most likely going to have a lottery pick. However, Bey would be a welcome addition to the team, as his skill set fits what Washington is looking for.
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