Elmore seeking more NBA feedback
HUNTINGTON — Jon Elmore’s declaration for the NBA Draft was an investment in his future.
Marshall University’s junior point guard said Monday he is entering the June 21 draft, but will not hire an agent. Underclassmen who put their names in the draft and don’t hire an agent have until June 11 to withdraw without affecting their college eligibility.
Elmore is testing the NBA pool to get feedback. He went through the same process last year.
“I think it was a no-brainer to me,” Elmore said Monday afternoon. “That’s my goal and that’s where I see myself playing one day. With the rules, they give you the option to hire an agent or not hire an agent and have the ability to come back to school.
“I definitely want to get out there, get my name out, see what teams are saying and then we will evaluate what the deal is at the end of the day.”
Elmore said going through the early entry process last year gave him valuable information on how to improve his game. He heard from some NBA teams, had some good talks and received some good feedback.
His goal has always been making it to the NBA and he worked harder than ever in the last year to realize his dream, Elmore said.
The 22-year-old from Charleston set Marshall records with 816 points and 244 assists this season while leading the Thundering Herd to a Conference USA championship as the tournament Most Valuable Player, and then a berth in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1987. He averaged 22.7 points and 6.8 rebounds (both C-USA highs) along with 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals.
Marshall (25-11) was seeded 13th in the NCAA East Region at San Diego and knocked off fourth-seeded Wichita State University in the first round, 81-75. Fifth-seeded West Virginia University ended the Herd run in the second round, 94-71. Elmore averaged 21 points and four rebounds in the NCAA tournament.
“I think I put myself in pretty good shape and improved a lot from the last time they (NBA) saw me,” Elmore said. “We had a good run this year and won the championship, so hopefully the team and myself turned some heads along the way.”
Marshall head coach Dan D’Antoni has been encouraging throughout the process because he thinks his star guard can play at the NBA level, Elmore said. On his Monday night radio show D’Antoni said he anticipates Herd junior guard C.J. Burks and junior forward Ajdin Penava also putting their names in the NBA Draft before the April 22 early entry deadline.
Reporter Grant Traylor contributed to this report.
THE ELMORE FILE
NAME :Jon Elmore
POSITION: Point guard
SIZE: 6-foot-3, 185 pounds