University of Miami basketball center Reggie Johnson, a 6-10, 300-pound sophomore, has submitted his name for the NBA Draft.
But he will not hire an agent, according to UM, and thus can still opt to return to the Hurricanes as long as he removes his name by May 8 and maintains his college eligibility. The NBA Draft is June 23.
“The chance to play in the NBA is something that has been in my mind for a long time – since I was really young,” Johnson said in a UM report. “Now the chance has presented itself so I can see where I stand. If it doesn’t feel right, I know I still have the opportunity to return to play college basketball.”
Johnson was the team’s leading rebounder and third-leading scorer, averaging 11.9 points and 9.6 rebounds a game. He converted 59.1 percent of his field goals, while adding a team-high 1.3 blocks per game as a redshirt sophomore in 2010-11, and finished the season ranked second in the ACC in offensive rebounds (3.5), fourth in defensive rebounds (6.1) and overall rebounds and 20th in scoring.
Johnson was an All-ACC honorable mention this season. He posted 13 double-doubles – including a 14-point, 20-rebound performance in the NIT first-round win over FAU. His 347 rebounds this season are the most for a Hurricane since Rick Barry posted a school-record 475 in 1964-65, while he scored in double figures 23 times, including four 20-point outings.
Do you think Reggie will come back to UM, and decide not to enter the draft?
Or do you think Reggie will be drafted by the NBA? There are 2 rounds, and 30 teams.
What do you think of his decision (Or do you even care)?
--SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN