Boston College guards Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman officially declared for the 2018 NBA Draft Wednesday. Neither will be hiring an agent, maintaining their ability to return for their senior and junior years respectively.
Robinson (20.7 PPG), runner-up for ACC Player of the Year, is a serious threat to leave, and is projected by some as a late first or second-round draft pick. While BC fans everywhere would love to see their star player return for another season, Robinson is the more likely of the two to keep his name in the draft and forego his final year of eligibility. After all, he may never get a better chance to take his game to the next level.
Returning for another year may be too risky for the 6”5’ guard. Expect Robinson to keep his name in the draft and hear his name called on draft night.
Bowman, on the other hand, (17.6 PPP, 6.8 RPG) is projected to go undrafted after a sophomore year which pales in comparison to his breakout freshman season.
Bowman is believed to just be testing the waters of the draft process, most likely planning to return for his junior season. He's a terrific athlete, but his focus turned to basketball relatively recently, as he had originally committed to the University of North Carolina for football. He should return for his junior year and continue to develop his raw, yet extremely promising, skill set. Expect Bowman to be at the point for the Eagles when next season rolls around.
If the two both somehow decided to return, Boston College basketball would be an ACC team to be reckoned with in 2018-2019. With four starters returning and an incoming recruiting class that includes ESPN Top-100 recruit Jairus Hamilton, the Eagles would be a serious contender for the NCAA tournament for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
Already considered one of the best backcourts in the conference, Bowman and Robinson would be expected to lead a veteran Eagles team that could very well top the ACC come next March.
Although the prospect of the pair returning is incredibly exciting, it's naive to expect a return from Robinson. In all likelihood, Bowman will take over as top dog and lead a still promising BC team into next season.
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