NC State’s Markell Johnson to test NBA Draft process

Announced on Friday afternoon, NC State junior point guard Markell Johnson plans to go through the 2019 NBA Draft process. During the 2018-19 season, Johnson averaged 12.6 points (42.2 3P%, 60.3 eFG%) and 4.2 assists.

(Note: Earlier this week, I went in depth on Johnson’s evolution and under-the-radar junior season.)

The 6-foot-1 Johnson just put the wraps on a big junior season as he continued to emerge as one of the top pick-and-roll guards in the country. In a statement put out by the basketball program, head coach Kevin Keatts announced his support for Johnson.

I fully support Markell going through this evaluation process and gathering additional information. Given the rules and options available to him, Markell is taking advantage of resources to ultimately make the most informed decision

Johnson has until May 29 to decide whether or not he will keep his name in the draft, or return to NC State for his senior season.

Back on Tuesday, NC State signee Jalen Lecque also filed paperwork to test his eligibility for the 2019 NBA Draft.


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