Purdue Star Jaden Ivey Declares for the NBA Draft
One of college basketball’s brightest stars is preparing to make the jump to the NBA.
On Thursday, the University of Purdue’s Jaden Ivey announced via Twitter that he would be forgoing his remaining college eligibility to declare for the NBA Draft.
“To Boiler Nation, you made every game special. Thank you for all of your support,” Ivey wrote. “With that being said, I will be entering my name in the 2022 NBA Draft. This has been a lifelong dream of mine, and I am beyond excited for this journey.”
Ivey is currently in his sophomore year at Purdue, where he had a tremendous season for the Boilermakers averaging 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. For his performance this season, Ivey was named a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten member.
Backed by their star guard, the Boilermakers finished the year 29-8 and made a run to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament before being eliminated by the St. Peter’s Peacocks.
Thanks to his elite athleticism, touch at the rim, and distance shooting, Ivey is a consensus top-10 pick with several experts, including ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and CBS Sports’ Kyle Boone, projecting him to go as high as fourth overall.
The NBA Draft is set to take place on Thursday, June 23, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.