The NBA Draft is still several months away, but the future stars who may be taken in the draft are emerging.
On Tuesday, the University of Iowa’s Keegan Murray announced via Twitter that he would leave college early and declare for the NBA Draft.
“I’m excited to announce I will be entering my name into the 2022 NBA Draft,” Murray wrote in his Twitter post. “Iowa will always be my home, and I’m forever grateful to be a part of Hawkeye Nation!”
Murray is currently in his sophomore year at the University of Iowa, where he just got done having one of the best individual seasons in the country. Murray was named a consensus first-team All-American after averaging 23.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game.
The Hawkeyes, thanks in large part to Murray, would go on to finish 26-10 and win the Big 10 conference tournament at the end of the season. Unfortunately, their NCAA Tournament run would end before it began after getting upset by the 12th seeded Richmond Spiders in the first round.
After a sensational season, Murray is projected by many, including ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, and The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie, to be a top-six player in the NBA Draft, and is a near consensus top-10 choice.
The NBA Draft will take place on Thursday, June 23, and will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.