Michigan State basketball’s Nick Ward is entering the 2018 NBA Draft process, but he is not hiring an agent. The program made the announcement Thursday afternoon.
Michigan State’s Nick Ward to enter 2018 NBA Draft process
Nick Ward to declare for NBA draft, but will not hire an agent, meaning he can still return to school before deadline. pic.twitter.com/BhVkDZ8d6f
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) March 29, 2018
“I fully support Nick’s decision to take the opportunity to explore his draft stock,” Tom Izzo said in a statement. “He has continued to improve and worked very hard over the last two years to put himself in this position. The process will allow him to receive direct feedback and an assessment as to where he stands in his dream to play at the highest level.”
Ward, a 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward, averaged 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in the 2017-18 season. A sophomore, Ward has two more years of college eligibility remaining.
Ward could earn himself an invite to the 2018 NBA Combine from May 16-20 in Chicago. He’ll have until May 30 to decide if he wants to remain in the draft or return to Michigan State.
Spartans star and Ward’s teammate Miles Bridges declared for the NBA draft Wednesday.