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Jayvon Graves to enter name into 2020 NBA Draft

Junior guard led team in scoring, was named first-team All-MAC

Junior Jayvon Graves poses in Alumni Arena in December.
Junior Jayvon Graves poses in Alumni Arena in December.

Men’s basketball junior guard Jayvon Graves announced on Friday that he is planning to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft, with the ability to return to college next year if he withdraws his name no later than 10 days after the scouting combine.

Under the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee, players can earn feedback on their potential draft status and enter the NBA Draft without jeopardizing their future eligibility. Graves will test the waters and make a final decision sometime before the 2020 event, which is slated to take place in Chicago on June 25.

“Jayvon and I have spoken a lot about his future and I fully support his decision,” head coach Jim Whitesell said in a press release. “He is taking advantage of the rules that will allow him to test his game at the highest level. It is my hope that this process will be beneficial for Jayvon as he continues to grow as a person and a basketball player.”

Graves led the Bulls in scoring with 17.1 points per-game. He broke the school record for field goals attempted in a season, and became the 23rd player in school history to notch 1,000 career points. He was recently named first-team All-MAC for his efforts.

“First, I would like to thank God for blessing me with the ability to play the game that I love,” Graves said. “I would also like to thank my coaches and teammates for continuously pushing me day in and day out to be the best player I can be. Lastly, I would like to thank my family for always believing in me. It is a lifelong dream of mine to play in the NBA and I’m looking forward to what God has in store for me.”

Justin Weiss is the senior sports editor and can be reached at

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Justin Weiss is the The Spectrum's managing editor. In his free time, he can be found hiking, playing baseball or throwing things at his TV when his sports teams aren't winning. His words have appeared in Elite Sports New York and the Long Island Herald. He can be found on Twitter @Jwmlb1.



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