Johnathan Motley would be an excellent addition to an NBA team.
With size, speed and experience at the collegiate level, he is seemingly a no-brainer, and a potential lottery pick. However, due to a meniscus injury that required surgery only last week, the 6-foot-11 Baylor forward has decided to declare for the NBA draft, but will not hire an agent.
By doing so, he reserves the right to withdraw his name from consideration and return to college for his senior year.
Motley was critical to Baylor’s Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament this season. His injury was sustained in Baylor’s loss to the cinderella story of the tournament, the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Motley’s resume throughout his college career is impressive and warrants NBA consideration. Winner of the Karl Malone award, which honors the country’s top PF, he was also a unanimous All Big Twelve selection and Second Team All-American.
His decision to hire an agent and enter the draft or return to school will likely hinge on his body’s readiness.