N.C. State Wolfpack guard Anthony “Cat” Barber will declare for the upcoming NBA Draft, according to NBC Sports.
Though Barber is declaring for the draft, he has not signed with an agent. Rather, he will take advantage of the NBA’s reformed “testing the waters” process, which will allow prospects to go through the processes leading up to the draft like team workouts and the NBA Scouting Combine and get an idea of whether they would actually be drafted while also having an option to retain their eligibility.
Previously, the deadline to withdraw and return to school was in mid-April.
This year, the deadline isn’t until May 25th.
And Barber, who just finished his junior season, will surely take advantage of that depending on how his stock looks in the next couple of months. The former McDonald’s All-American from Hampton, Virginia had a breakout season in 2015-16, averaging 23.5 points and 4.6 assists per game while shooting 43 percent from the field and 36 percent from long range. In three years in Raleigh, he has averaged 14.5 points and 3.9 assists per contest while making 43 percent of his shots.
But Barber’s stock right now is in an interesting place. N.C. State missed out on the NCAA Tournament this year after reaching the Sweet Sixteen last season, so the argument can be made that Barber was just the best player on a mediocre team. As of now, NBADraft.net lists him as a second-round pick in its latest mock draft and 46th on its latest big board.
Considering how he’s only 6-foot-2, 190 pounds and is a slashing guard without much of a jump shot, that isn’t terrible.
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