Avery Anderson III tries out the NBA draft process again, but the door is open for him to return to Oklahoma State’s men’s basketball team.
The NBA on Wednesday released its list of 283 players who are early entry candidates for the 2022 draft, and Anderson is one of them. Anderson, a 6-foot-3 guard from Justin, Texas, also entered the draft last year but opted to join the Cowboys for his junior season, starting every game.
Anderson led OSU with 12.1 points per game and a total of 53 steals. He also averaged 2.3 assists per game and 3.1 rebounds per game.
Although Anderson contemplates a professional career, he maintains his college eligibility. With the extra year given to student-athletes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Anderson could spend two more seasons at OSU. To remain eligible for college basketball, Anderson would have to drop out of the draft by June 1, according to NCAA regulations.
Coach Mike Boynton took to Twitter on Wednesday to share his approval of Anderson’s decision.
“I know @averyanderson3_ has entered his name into the NBA draft process,” Boynton said in the tweet. “We are delighted that he will be assessed and then make a decision on what is best for his future. This is a great opportunity for him to take a step towards a lifelong goal and we support him. totally.
Last year, Anderson’s undergraduate advisory board assessment, which predicts how the draft process would go for players, listed him as undrafted, Pistols Firing Blog’s Marshall Scott reported after speaking. with Anderson. As a sophomore, Anderson averaged 12.2 points per game and four rebounds per game, numbers slightly higher than his junior stats.
With the departure of Isaac Likekele, Anderson is the main point guard on the OSU roster. Rondel Walker’s 247Sports recruiting profile listed him as a point guard, but he generally functioned as a shooting guard for two seasons with the Cowboys.
Likekele announced on Tuesday that he entered the transfer portal as a graduate transfer. Several days before the news broke, Boynton spoke about his focus on recruiting point guards and shooters. Even if Anderson returns to Stillwater, a backup point guard would strengthen the Cowboys.
“It’s very unusual,” Boynton said. “We don’t really need any more grown-ups. They’re hard to find, so I’m glad I’m not in that position. It gives me the opportunity to be really deliberate and intentional about what kind of perimeter players we need.