By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – The future is still on hold for Ole Miss guards Chris Warren and Terrico White.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said Thursday he expects his top two scorers to try and get a read on where they stand with NBA teams.
In the case of the 6-foot-5 White, that could mean declaring for the draft with the option of returning to school.
“Neither have done it to my knowledge, but I anticipate both of them (will). I have talked to both of them, visited with their people. They will make a decision in the next week or so on what they want to do,” Kennedy said.
Players who don’t sign with an agent can put their name on the draft list and can work out for NBA clubs. A rule change, however, requires players “testing the waters” to make their final decisions much more quickly. Where there used to be a window of about five weeks to ponder the future, now underclassmen must declare for the draft by April 25 and must remove their names by May 8 or follow through.
The draft will be held June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Warren was the SEC’s third-leading scorer at 17.2 points per game this season, White the ninth-leading scorer at 15.1
Some NBA clubs could have reservations about Warren’s 5-10 frame, although he was a big-shot maker for Ole Miss, ranking third in the SEC in 3-point baskets per game (3.17) and 3-point percentage (40.4).
“The NBA has an advisory committee, where you do not enter the draft. That’s what Terrico did last year,” Kennedy said. “I’m sure they will both do that. There’s no down side to that. Maybe from that information they will determine whether they want to go to the next step.”
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