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Three Cougars to test NBA draft waters

Conor Clifford, Ike Iroegbu and Josh Hawkinson have declared for the NBA draft. None of the three Cougars are hiring agents at this time.

Washington State head coach Ernie Kent said after the season that he would encourage any of his players to take advantage of new rules that make it easier for NCAA basketball players to go through the pre-draft process and withdraw without penalty. The trio of Cougars who have declared for the draft have until May 25th to withdraw and still be eligible to play for WSU next year.

While it is unlikely any of the players who declared will keep their names in the draft pool, the feedback they receive from NBA scouts could prove valuable to their development as they head into their senior seasons.

"In today's climate, with the opportunity for players to be evaluated and have the opportunity to be invited to the NBA Draft Combine without hiring an agent, I fully support the decision that Conor, Josh and Ike have made to declare for the NBA draft," Kent said in a release.


Jacob Thorpe
Jacob Thorpe joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the Sports Desk covering Washington State University athletics.

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