Markis McDuffie enters NBA Draft

Markis McDuffie has until May 30 to withdraw his name and return to the Shockers for his senior season.


Matt Crow

Wichita State forward Markis McDuffie cheers his team from the bench Saturday against Baylor.

Wichita State junior forward Markis McDuffie has entered his name into the NBA Draft, first reported by NBC Sports.

According to reports, McDuffie has not signed an agent.

McDuffie worked out for NBA teams last season before returning for his junior season with the Shockers.

NCAA officials confirmed eligibility rules regarding players declaring for the NBA Draft. Players entering the NBA Draft can enter the Draft can enter as many times as they wish and not waiver their NCAA eligibility.

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Wichita State forward Markis McDuffie drives down the court Saturday at SMU.

McDuffie can return to the Shockers assuming he does not sign an agent, and withdraws his name within 10 days post-completion of the NBA Combine.

The NBA Combine is May 16 through May 20. McDuffie would have to withdraw his name and notify Wichita State before May 30 to return for his senior season.

McDuffie, a 6-8 forward, is not listed on mock draft boards currently. Rob Dauster, reporter for NBC Sports, said McDuffie is a late-second round draft pick, at best, if he decides to stay in the draft.

McDuffie reportedly told coaches he was “all in” to lead the Shockers after sophomore shooting guard Austin Reaves announced his release last week. Coaches told media members that McDuffie had been “very hands-on” with recruiting trips, was eager to embrace the changes, and wanted to be “the face” of the program going forward.

Without McDuffie, Wichita State will return just three scholarship players — Samajae Haynes-Jones, Rod Brown, Asbjørn Midtgaard — to the 2018-19 roster.

McDuffie averaged 8.5 points and 3.3 rebounds his junior season with the Shockers. He appeared in 22 games after an off-season stress fracture injury kept him sidelined for the first-half of the season. McDuffie was named the Missouri Valley Player of the Year his sophomore season with the Shockers.

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Wichita State forward Markis McDuffie makes a dunk against UCF Knights during the second half at Koch Arena.