Wisconsin basketball saw its Big Ten Tournament run end after two games in a loss Friday to Michigan State. As the team turns toward the offseason, Ethan Happ’s future is one of the question marks.
The 6-foot-10 junior has been one of the most productive players in the Big Ten for the last three years. He hasn’t been a slam-dunk NBA prospect, but his outrageous college production will get him an audience with scouts. Happ isn’t ranked as a first- or second-round pick on NBADraft.net’s mock draft, but Basketball Insiders has him going No. 53 overall.
(Many mock drafts don’t project into the second round yet.)
New rules introduced last season allow any prospect with eligibility remaining to declare for the draft and return to school as long as the player does not hire an agent.
“I’m contemplating declaring just so I can go to the combine,” Happ told Land of 10’s Sean Keeler after Wisconsin’s loss to Michigan State. “I’m not really sure of anything past that.”
The NBA draft combine is the league’s equivalent of the NFL combine going on in Indianapolis this week. Players can practice against other draft hopefuls in front of team representatives with the goal of improving their draft stock. That’s where Happ would aim to change that second-round grade next to his name.
“Before the combine, I would say [scouts say] probably [I’m] a second-round pick,” Happ said. “That’s not where I want to be. So if the combine doesn’t change that, then I’d probably say I would come back.”
Prospects receive feedback from scouts continuously. Happ likely will get more information before making his final decision.