On Saturday morning, Georgia big man Rayshaun Hammonds announced that he’d remain in the 2020 NBA Draft class, forgoing his final season with the Bulldogs.

That decision will be an interesting one to follow, as nothing is certain about the draft this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

When reached by Rivals, Georgia coach Tom Crean said he has spoken with Hammonds about the decision and said Hammonds is confident in turning pro:

“The other night we talked about it. He felt very confident in his decision and we talked about logistics and process,” Crean said in a text to UGASports. “My recommendation was to get an agent/advisor that was highly experienced and well connected with clients and contacts. It’s a very different atmosphere now in this process due to the COVID-19.”


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Hammonds could be a Round 2 pick in the draft, or could rise to the end of Round 1 if he has a big NBA Combine performance (if and when we get a Combine).

We’ll see if Hammonds’ decision to stay in the class pays off and what it means for Georgia during the 2020-21 campaign.