A not-so-surprising announcement came across the Twitterverse today:
I just wanted to thank God first for giving me this opportunity and with that I’m excited to announce I will be putting my name in the 2018 NBA Draft. I won’t hire an agent but look forward to this opportunity to do what’s best for me #Android13 pic.twitter.com/EG0mrq3Ivc— JMo (@juwanmorgan) April 12, 2018
Morgan was a revelation in his third year at IU, leading the Hoosiers in several significant categories and, more importantly, stepping into the leadership void that the team has suffered from since Yogi Ferrell’s departure.
Juwan Morgan will be allowed to talk to teams and workout without jeopardizing his eligibility, and must make a decision ten days after the conclusion of the NBA Combine, meaning he’ll have to either stay in or withdraw by May 30th.
Obviously, Indiana would take a significant hit to lose him to the pros a year sooner than anticipated, but getting a kid drafted would be a testament to this coaching staff as they oversaw his breakout campaign that led him to this point.
The only thing Morgan didn’t really do for Indiana was hit three-pointers, a practically essential skill in today’s NBA. I would imagine that his feedback is largely going to be centered around improving that part of his game, as he’s shot under 30% from deep in his career. The question is: does he think he’s better off returning to Indiana to work on that, or work on it in a professional capacity elsewhere?
Good luck to Juwan with his decision.