Nebraska basketball players James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland will both enter the 2018 NBA Draft process, the program announced Tuesday. Neither player has hired an agent and can return to Nebraska next season.
James Palmer Jr., Isaac Copeland declare for 2018 NBA Draft
No surprise here, but James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland will declare for the NBA Draft and will not hire agents, meaning they can keep their college eligibility, #Nebrasketball says in a news release. #Huskers
— Chris Basnett (@HuskerExtraCB) March 27, 2018
“I’m excited for James and Isaac to go through this process,” Tim Miles said in a press release. “It will be great for them to test themselves against some of the best basketball players in the world. They are going into this process with the right mindset, and I think the next few months will be a positive experience for them.”
Palmer and Copeland both have one year of eligibility remaining. They could be invited to the 2018 NBA Combine from May 16-20 in Chicago, and they’ll have until May 30 to make up their minds about staying in the draft or returning to the Huskers for another season.
Palmer and Copeland were Nebraska’s top two scorers in the 2017-18 season and would be vital to the Huskers’ NCAA Tournament hopes next year. Palmer, a first-team All-Big Ten selection, averaged a team-best 17.2 points per game last season. Copeland recorded 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1 block per game.
Nebraska also announced that junior forward Jack McVeigh was leaving the program to pursue a professional career. McVeigh, an Australia native, averaged 1.9 points per game in the 2017-18 season.