USF's Jahmal McMurray to explore NBA draft status
Seizing the NCAA's new draft-entry rule, USF freshman PG Jahmal McMurray will exercise his option to explore his NBA draft status, the school announced Monday morning.
A member of the American Athletic Conference's All-Rookie Team, McMurray evolved into the offensive catalyst on the Bulls' woefully shorthanded lineup this past season, finishing as the league's No. 6 scorer (15.2 ppg).
Under the new NCAA legislation, McMurray can attend the NBA Combine, set for May 11-15 in Chicago, and go through one workout with each NBA club before making a decision on his future. If he withdraws his name from draft consideration before May 25 and doesn't hire an agent, he can play for USF next season.
“I’m excited to be having this conversation regarding Jahmal or any of our players,” USF coach Orlando Antigua said in a school news release.
“It speaks to the caliber of players that we are attracting to USF and their development while they are here. Jahmal really developed and grew throughout the season and we are happy he has the ability to explore his options under the new NCAA rules.
"He won’t sign with an agent, but he will get the opportunity to have an NBA evaluation both on his current skill level and areas to develop in the future.”
Under the new legislation, McMurray conceivably could enter the draft multiple times without jeopardizing his eligibility, participating in future combines and having one tryout per NBA team per year.