Chuma Okeke the Auburn Tigers forward has declared for the draft and would be hiring an agent to test the NBA waters.
Okeke is recovering from a surgery for his torn anterior cruciate ligament. He suffered the injury in the Sweet 16 against North Carolina. He will have the option to test the NBA waters and then return to Auburn at the end of May.
His mother said in March that he would potentially explore the NBA, even while he recovers from the knee surgery.
Okeke posted on Saturday afternoon on Instagram that after talking with his family, coach Pearl and the entire staff at Auburn he has decided to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft. He thanked God, his family, coaches and teammates, and the entire Auburn family for their support over these past two seasons.
Though Okeke plans to hire an agent, he is leaving open the option to return to Auburn for his junior season.
Sunday is the deadline for early entry into the NBA Draft. The NBA Draft Combine is scheduled for May 14 through 19 in Chicago, which Okeke will be unable to participate because of his injury. The early entrants into the NBA Draft will have time until May 29 to remove their name from the draft without having to lose their eligibility in college.
The versatile forward will have a very difficult decision to make over the next month. He is rated as the No. 41 overall prospect in the NBA Draft, and is slotted as the 37th overall pick in the latest NBA mock draft published by the NBADraft.net website.