It isn’t often that likely lottery picks in the NBA Draft withdraw their names from consideration, but today, there was a high-profile defection from the upcoming draft.
According to an ESPN.com report from Chad Ford, the agent for forward Dario Saric has signed a letter of withdrawal from the draft. At the time of the withdrawal, Saric was the #11 player on the ESPN “big board”, and there was a consensus around the league that Saric would be a near-lock for the lottery.
At 6-foot-10 and 220+ pounds, Saric is a mobile small forward with incredible size. However, it has reported by multiple outlets that he was frightened about his draft status, and pending fears about not making an NBA roster (i.e. a visit to the D-League) were widespread. It is certainly possible that the 19-year-old Saric could use some additional seasoning overseas, but it is also completely plausible that his stock will never be higher than it is at the current moment.
As the draft approaches, the lottery, and really, the entire 1st round, is very much in flux. The current draft class is one of the most underwhelming in recent memory in terms of “All-Star” talent, but there is a camp of thought that lends itself to this class producing multiple quality NBA players. Stay tuned to this space in the coming days for all of the information as it unfolds.