Auburn made its first-ever Final Four run this year, and it was thanks in large part to outstanding play from F Chuma Okeke.
Sadly, Okeke tore his ACL in the Sweet 16 against North Carolina and had to watch the rest of the Tigers’ run from the sideline, or else who knows how far Auburn could have gone?
Now, as he continues rehabbing the injury, he’s decided to enter his name in the 2019 NBA Draft pool:
Auburn's Chuma Okeke, the #41 prospect in the ESPN 100, has entered the 2019 NBA Draft and is hiring an agent, a source told ESPN.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) April 20, 2019
By now, you probably know that this doesn’t mean he’s officially leaving Auburn. Instead, he’s simply exploring his options. With the way the NCAA rules work these days, it makes a lot of sense for him to do this.
With his talent, he could still end up being a first-round pick (potentially for a team like the Lakers or Warriors that won’t need their first rounder to contribute right away), so we’ll see what the next couple of months hold for Okeke.