After initially declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft but not signing agent, Baylor basketball star Jonathan Motley is ready to officially take the leap. Following an invite to the NBA combine, he is expected to sign an agent and end his college playing career.
The talented redshirt junior forward was a force to be reckoned with last season. Motley averaged 17.3 points and 9.9 boards for the Bears, and was one of the guiding forces that led them as high as first in the country in the AP Polls.
Baylor appeared poised for a deep tournament run, possibly into the Final Four, but were upended by this year’s Cinderella darling South Carolina.
Motley’s decision isn’t without risk, though. Despite his physical talents, he might be forced to perform at the combine at a diminished capacity, if he as able to participate at all. Motley suffered a tear of his meniscus that ended his season prematurely last year.
Already a borderline first-round selection, will concerns over his health cause him to fall off the board entirely?
Motley can be a consistent contributor at the NBA level if he is able to return at full capacity. The team that takes him, likely somewhere in the second round, might end up with the steal of the draft.
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