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Boise State G Alston to enter 2020 NBA Draft

Field Level Media
31 Mar 2020, 05:05 GMT+10

Boise State redshirt junior Derrick Alston Jr. will enter his name into the 2020 NBA Draft but hasn't ruled out returning to the Broncos.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to chase my dream, while retaining my NCAA eligibility and leaving the door open to return to Boise State," Alston said in a statement released by the school Monday. "This is the next step in my development. I am excited to give it everything I have and grow from it, not only as a basketball player but as a person as well."

Alston, a 6-foot-9 guard, will receive an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee, composed of NBA team executives. The evaluation includes a confidential projection of each early entrant's likely draft position. He can also be invited to participate in workouts and tryouts for NBA teams, as well as the NBA Draft Combine and G League Elite Camp.

"Derrick is going to explore his options and make an educated decision," said Boise State head coach Leon Rice. "Being in this position is a testament to how hard he has worked and the commitment to his development."

Alston averaged 17.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 2019-20, leading the Broncos in scoring and assists.

He averaged 13.4 points per game in 2018-19, after redshirting his first year on campus and playing just 26 minutes in 2017-18.

"I want to thank every coach, teammate, fan and supporter who has been alongside me on this journey so far," said Alston, who has until June 3 to withdraw from the draft. "I would not be where I am today without each and every one of them."

--Field Level Media

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