Around the Big 12: A few early NBA Draft entrants and transfers
After each college basketball team ends its season, focus quickly turns ahead to next season’s roster situation.
It’s certainly the case with Kansas, which enters the offseason with a few question marks, including potential NBA decisions from Devonte’ Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk, and whether it can land a few extra recruits.
But Kansas is far from the only school that entered the offseason with some question marks. Most of the Big 12 schools started to deal with transfers and NBA decisions in the past week and here’s a quick recap of all of the moves around the conference:
Baylor: Guard Al Freeman opts to transfer
Fourth-year junior guard Al Freeman is set to graduate from Baylor this spring and will opt to use the grad transfer rule to play elsewhere.
Helping the Bears to the Sweet 16, the 6-foot-3 Freeman averaged 9.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in 31 games (22 starts). He scored 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting in a first-round win over New Mexico State, but combined for just four points in 33 minutes in NCAA Tournament games against USC and South Carolina.
"Al has been a tremendous student-athlete and made great contributions to our program over the last four years, and we're thrilled that he's going to complete his degree at Baylor," Baylor coach Scott Drew said in a statement. "He'll always be part of the Baylor family, and we'll be rooting for him as he continues his career."
Freeman’s stats were slightly down from his sophomore season when he averaged 11.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He was suspended for three games this season for a violation of team rules.
He redshirted during the 2013-14 season because of a broken wrist.
Texas: Jarrett Allen going through NBA Draft process, Tevin Mack transfers
Standout freshman forward Jarrett Allen announced he was testing the waters for the NBA Draft last week. He didn’t hire an agent, which will allow him to return to Texas if he chooses.
Named third-team All-Big 12, Allen averaged 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds on 56.6 percent shooting, adding a team-high 51 blocks. He recorded 12 double-doubles, including eight in conference play.
“I want everyone to know that I am testing the waters with this decision, but I will not be signing with an agent,” Allen said in a statement. “Going through this process will allow my family and I to make the best decision possible for my future.”
The 6-11 Allen averaged 16.2 points and 9.8 rebounds in Big 12 play, including 22-point, 19-rebound performance inside of Allen Fieldhouse.
Allen is projected as the 13th pick in the latest NBA mock draft from Draft Express.
Before the end of the season, 6-7 swingman Tevin Mack was given his release to transfer. He led the Longhorns with 14.8 points per game in 15 games, but was suspended in January for a violation of team rules and never returned.
In a recent interview with The State, Mack’s mother said he will likely attempt to transfer to an SEC or ACC school.
Oklahoma State: Named Mike Boynton head coach, Jawun Evans and Jeffrey Carroll declare for NBA Draft
In a move that sent shockwaves around the college basketball-sphere, Brad Underwood left Oklahoma State to coach at Illinois. Last week, 35-year-old Mike Boynton, an assistant to Underwood, was named as the head of the program.
Boynton played at South Carolina and spent 12 years as an assistant at five schools, including South Carolina and Stephen F. Austin before his time in Stillwater.
“Coach Boynton’s got a different demeanor than Coach Underwood,” former OSU guard Phil Forte told the Oklahoman, “not good or bad, but a good basketball mind and a calming demeanor that I think brings a confidence about him. He knows when to get on you, when not to.”
After Underwood left the program, star point guard Jawun Evans and Jeffrey Carroll announced their intention to test the waters for the NBA Draft. It’s believed that neither player has hired an agent, allowing them to potentially return.
Evans was a first-team all-Big 12 selection, averaging 19.2 points and 6.4 assists per game. Carroll, more likely of the two to return and a second-team all-Big 12 pick, averaged 17.5 points and 6.6 rebounds.
Draft Express has Evans projected to be picked 26th in its latest mock draft.
Oklahoma: Darrion Strong-Moore set to transfer
Junior guard Darrion Strong-Moore will reportedly transfer after averaging 3.8 points and 1.4 assists in 29 games this season.
Strong-Moore started the final seven games when Jordan Woodard suffered a season-ending knee injury.
The former Coffeyville Community College player scored seven points in 28 minutes in his final meeting against Kansas. He shot 3-of-7 from the floor with four rebounds and three turnovers.
Iowa State: Simeon Carter transferring
Little-used sophomore forward Simeon Carter announced his decision to transfer last week.
Carter played in six games, but never stepped on the court against Kansas.