In a move that isn’t all that much of a surprise, junior forward Lamar Stevens announced his intention to enter the NBA, but said that he will remain enrolled in school and maintain eligibility for a return for his senior season. New rules allow Stevens to remain eligible even after hiring an agent.
Lamar Stevens announces he will declare for the NBA Draft, but he's going to maintain his full eligibility for next season.— Collegian Hoops (@TDC_MBasketball) April 9, 2019
Essentially, Stevens is just testing the waters, which coming off a 19.9/7.7/2.1 season makes total sense for a junior prospect. He’ll be able to go through the draft process, hear back from NBA scouts and management on where he’s at as a player and what his draft stock could be, and from there, he’ll be able to make a decision on whether to stay in the draft or return for his final year with the Nittany Lions.
My guess as to what happens: NBA folks will tell him to work on his three-point shooting. Stevens is a terrific college player, but smaller combo forwards who only shoot 22% on 91 three-point attempts generally don’t have a fruitful NBA career. And while his free throw percentage (77%) certainly points to more outside shooting potential, it’s something that NBA scouts will want to see from Stevens in the college game before declaring him draft worthy.