Now this shocked me. I was not aware of the fact that you could declare yourself eligible for the NBA draft and then undeclare yourself, as long as you did not hire an agent.
That’s exactly what Nick Ward has done. Now even though we all know that the University of Michigan is the world’s best basketball program- come on Sparty’s 🙂 this is certainly good news for everyone who enjoys the Big 10 beating up on everyone else.
As long as Nick continues to hone his game and continue to develop as a leader on the court, I dont see any reason why he shouldnt increase his draft positioning in the next draft. Hey, starter or bench player- does it really matter if you make it to the NBA you are living the dream! Yes, yes I know we all want to be the star and all that. But do you know how much bench players in the NBA make? League minimum is $582,180!
That’s certainly enough for Nick Ward to cop some sweet looking Michigan State Pride Apparel!
Read some of the article below-
“It was a great opportunity for me to go through the process and I’m grateful for the feedback I received from NBA teams,” Ward said in the statement. “It is my dream to play in the NBA and I’ve learned a lot through my workouts and interviews that will help me when I am ready to make that next step. I know what I need to work on and I’m committed to coming to the gym every day and striving to be the best player I can be. I’m really excited to return to Michigan State, to be in front of our fans at the Breslin Center and to be back with my teammates and coaches as we work to reach our team goals.”
Ward declared for the NBA draft in March but did not hire an agent. That gave the 6-foot-8, 245-pound bruiser an opportunity to test the draft waters and still withdraw his name from draft consideration, as long as he did so by May 30. Ward and those around him came to the conclusion that another season with the Spartans would be more beneficial than pursuing professional opportunities.
Ultimately, this seems to be the right decision.