During a conference call with media members Thursday, NC State head coach Kevin Keatts said that juniors Devon Daniels and DJ Funderburk will enter their names in the NBA Draft to get feedback, while leaving open the option to return. Both would seem like good bets to be back, since neither one is going to get drafted.
Since they are juniors, they can either take this opportunity to go through the process or lose it. We’ve seen plenty of Wolfpack players do just that and opt to return—Markell Johnson did it last spring.
Under normal circumstances, this would allow Daniels and Funderburk to participate in individual workouts with NBA teams as well as the league’s combine in late May. But this year, those opportunities may be nonexistent, which is an unfortunate break for all of the kids trying to make a decision about their future.
The Portsmouth Invitational, which is one of the most prominent annual events for prospects, already has been canceled. The lack of live scouting opportunities for NBA teams will impact evaluations, and at this point it’s not clear if the NBA Draft will happen as scheduled. One scout told CBS last week that he didn’t think the NBA combine or summer league would happen this year. Neither teams nor prospects are getting as much value out of this time of year as they would typically.
But certainly it’s still useful for guys to go ahead and declare and hear from scouts. Daniels and Funderburk have earned that much, and hopefully they’ll be back with a better sense for how they need to get better this offseason.