Dickerson decides to enter NBA draft, but doesn't plan to hire an agent.
Washington junior Noah Dickerson is entering the NBA draft, but doesn’t plan to hire an agent – a move that allows him to potentially return to the Huskies.
The 6-foot-8 forward can begin working out with NBA teams as early as April 24 and is eligible to be invited to the NBA Draft combine in Chicago May 16-20.
The deadline to withdraw from the NBA draft while maintaining NCAA eligibility is May 30.
“After talking it over with my family and coaches, I have decided to enter the NBA draft without hiring an agent,” Dickerson wrote on his Instagram account. “I am looking at this as a time where I can receive feedback and get better while keeping my college eligibility.”
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During a breakout season in which he was voted first-team All-Pac-12, Dickerson averaged 15.3 points – a 3-point increase from last season – while shooting 56.3 percent from the field and 78.7 on free throws. He also averaged 8.4 rebounds, which ranked third in the Pac-12. Dickerson has 1,165 career points which ranks 29th at UW.
It’s not the first time Dickerson has considered leaving the Huskies.
After Washington fired Lorenzo Romar last year and replaced him with Mike Hopkins, Dickerson took a recruiting trip to Louisiana State and planned to visit Florida before deciding to return to UW.
With Dickerson as the focal point of the offense, Washington finished 21-13 and tied for sixth in the Pac-12 at 10-8. The Huskies were hoping to return their starting lineup and top 10 scorers, but Dickerson could be one of a handful of UW players that attempts to turn pro.
Freshman guard Jaylen Nowell, who led Washington with a 16.0 scoring average, and junior guard Matisse Thybulle, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year winner, may also decide to test the NBA draft waters.
However, no UW player is projected in the top NBA mock drafts this year. Meanwhile, Thybulle is considered a second-round pick in 2019, according to NBAdraft.net.
“My philosophy is always, educate, educate, educate – and educate more,” Hopkins said last week. “I don’t like making decisions for anybody, but I like teaching them how to make decisions and you make good decisions by having the right information.
“I know we’ll be able to give them the best information. If their dream is (NBA), I’m going to do everything I can to support and help them make their dream come true. That’s what’s so much fun about this job.”
2018 NBA draft timeline
April 2: Underclassmen can request feedback from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.
April 22: Early entry declaration deadline (11:59 p.m. ET).
April 27: Combine invitations are sent to players. Typically, 70 players attend.
May 16-20: NBA combine (Chicago).
May 30: Withdrawal deadline to maintain NCAA eligibility.
June 11: Early entry withdrawal deadline to maintain eligibility for future NBA drafts (5 p.m. ET).
June 21: NBA draft.