Just a few days after Edmond Sumner declared for the NBA draft, Xavier star Trevon Bluiett has decided to do the same.
Unlike Sumner, Bluiett will not hire an agent, which means he's keeping open the possibility of playing his senior year at Xavier. The deadline to pull his name out of the draft and return to school is May 24.
Scout.com's Evan Daniels reported the news on Twitter Friday afternoon.
He's currently projected to go 56th (fifth last in the second round) in the latest 2017 mock draft published by NBADraft.net yesterday.
Bluiett averaged 18.5 points per game this year while shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from 3-point range. He also grabbed 5.7 rebounds and dished out 2.1 assists. He averaged 21.3 points per game in Xavier's four NCAA tournament matchups.
The argument for Bluiett to leave is that his stock is high right now because he played really well during the postseason and there's no guarantee Xavier makes another run like that next year where he's able to garner that same type of national attention. Plus, he may have a limited ceiling on his NBA draft stock regardless. The other side of the argument is that if he returns for another year and plays like he did in this year's Big East and NCAA tournaments for an entire season he could not only maximize his draft position even more but also cement his legacy as a Xavier legend.
Bluiett currently has 1,586 career points which placed him 15th all-time in Xavier history in between Stan Kimbrough (1,596) and Darnell Williams (1,572). If Bluiett returns and averages better than 17.6 points per game, he'll pass up David West (2,132) for second all-time in school history by the end of the regular season.