Another day, another NBA draft declaration. Per ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Nebraska junior forward Terran Petteway will not return to Huskers next year and will instead turn pro.
nebraska's Terran Petteway is heading to the NBA, sources told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 16, 2015
Though Nebraska had a forgettable season, going 13-18 overall and 5-13 in Big Ten play, Petteway was the team’s diamond in the rough. He led the team with 18.2 points per game and was unquestionably the Huskers’ heart and soul on the court.
Just how well he’ll do in the NBA, however, remains to be seen.
Petteway is a bit small for his position at 6-foot-6, 215 pounds, and he barely shot 40 percent from the field last year while only making 31 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. Unless he improves in that department or learns not to rely so much on his jump shot, as seven of his 15 attempts per game were from long range, he’s going to have a hard time making an impact on the professional level.
Still, in spite of all of last year’s struggles, Petteway has the makings of someone who can leave his mark on the court.
Petteway made 42.6 percent of his shots as a freshman and only a little over a third of his attempts were from beyond the arc, so the judgment exists.
Some draft experts appear to feel the same way about Petteway, as Nbadraft.net projects him as an early second round pick in its most recent mock draft and currently has him ranked at No. 51 on its latest big board.
But there are going to be some detractors.
DraftExpress does not have Petteway on its big board, nor as a selection in its mock draft. Perhaps some saw his percentages drop this year and were thus scared off, which is understandable.
But that doesn’t take away from the fact that Petteway is still a man that can score and as draft day draws nearer, he’s now officially a name to watch.
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