Xavier sophomore forward Trevon Bluiett will enter his name in this year's NBA draft without hiring an agent.
Bluiett hasn't appeared on any 2016 mock drafts, but is currently projected as a bottom half of the second round selection in 2017. Sources inside the program said that the plan is for Bluiett to get a valuable experience and plenty of feedback from going through the draft combine before ultimately returning for his junior season at Xavier.
Bluiett was named an All-Big East First Team selection after averaging 15.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 30.6 minutes per game this year. He posted a career-high 24 points twice - once against DePaul at the Cintas Center, and again in the Big East tournament against Marquette. However, he struggled on the game's biggest stage, averaging 8.5 points while shooting 33.3 percent from the field in two NCAA tournament games.
This year the NCAA Division I Council made a decision to push back the date by which student-athletes must remove their name from the NBA Draft to 10 days after conclusion of the combine. Last season, the NCAA required players to make their decision by April 16 in order to maintain their college ability, which was well before the combine.
This year, the NBA draft combine runs from May 10 to 15 in Chicago. Bluiett will have to pull his name out of the draft by May 25 to return to Xavier.