Syracuse freshman Malachi Richardson will put his name into the NBA Draft but will not sign with an agent, the official Syracuse basketball Twitter account announced via Jim Boeheim. Richardson confirmed the news via social media moments later.
"With the new rules, it's an opportunity for Malachi to get a better understanding of where he would be in the draft," Jim Boeheim said via the Syracuse basketball Twitter account.
The news is not a huge surprise, and not signing with an agent gives Richardson the chance to withdraw within 10 days after the NBA Draft Combine. The withdrawal date is May 25th. It gives Richardson an opportunity to receive feedback on his game and draft stock while still returning to college should he choose to do so.
Richardson had an up and down freshman campaign, but had some stellar moments. Most notably, his 21 second-half points against Virginia in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, leading Syracuse to a Final Four berth.
Overall, Malachi averaged 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 37% from the floor and 35% from beyond the three-point arc.