Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Wake's Teague enters draft, won't hire agent

Jeff Teague plans to test his NBA draft stock this summer.

Wake Forest announced Tuesday afternoon that the sophomore guard will enter the draft without retaining an agent. Underclassmen have until June 15 to withdraw their name and remain eligible to play in college.

The draft is June 25.

“Jeff has proven himself to be one of the top players in the nation,” Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio said in a statement. “The NBA allows a student-athlete to declare for the draft and withdraw one time during their career. This will be a chance for Jeff to be evaluated by the NBA scouts and general managers and to get feedback on his strengths and weaknesses. I am optimistic that Jeff will be back at Wake Forest next year and that he will have a good idea of the type of junior season he needs to have in order to ensure a solid professional career.”

Forward James Johnson, a teammate of Teague’s, already reportedly plans to enter the draft without leaving himself the option of returning. Last week he told his hometown newspaper, the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, that he was interviewing agents. If he hires an agent, he will be ineligible to return to school.

Teague led Wake Forest with 18.8 points per game and averaged 3.5 assists. He was a second-team All-ACC selection. – Ken Tysiac


Anonymous said...

Unlike Ellington and Green last year, Teague has the talent to be a lotto pick. I expect him to stay in the draft pool.

Mark said...

Teague is NOT ready! His team tanked. Why would the NBA care about a PG from a team that underperformed badly late in the season.

Anonymous said...

Dude Teague has the talent, but I don't think he is ready. ACC tournament and NCAA Tournament, the team performed bad. If you go by the first half of the season, then he should go to the draft. If you include the last half, no, he shouldn't

Anonymous said...

The weather was more predictable than Teague's performance during the tournament. He IS NOT ready. When it all counted, during the big curtain, he FAILED miserably!

Anonymous said...

Teague is a stellar player, but I hope he pulls out of the draft and gives Wake one more year. Hopefully this past season was a learning experience and all those young players will be ready to finish stronger

Josh said...

I agree. He pretty much disappeared in the second half of the season. Needs one more year! But it is a really weak draft this year so who knows.