Georgia forward Nic Claxton is following through on his decision to enter the NBA Draft, announcing his decision via social media.
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My first two years at UGA were absolutely special. I became a better man on and off the court. I want to thank the UGA fans for their continuous support. This past season, Coach Crean and the staff pushed my game to another level. After going through the process and getting positive feedback, I have decided to forgo my final two years of college eligibility to remain in the 2019 NBA Draft. #ClaxOut #DGD
Claxton elected to enter the draft in April and earned one of 76 invites to the draft combine. There he raised his stock by showcasing excellent athleticism for a big man and strong defensive skills. While some mock drafts have him going late or even undrafted, NBC Sports projects the South Carolina native as a late first round pick.
Claxton’s versatility will be intriguing for teams, but he needs to get bigger and stronger before he’s ready to compete against the assortment of grown men peopling NBA rosters. Personally, I think Claxton would have benefitted from another year of development in Tom Crean’s system, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him head to the G League for some finishing. But Claxton’s been a solid contributor during a rough two year stretch for Bulldog basketball. Long term, I wouldn’t bet against him, and I hope things work out for him. Give ‘em heck, Nic. And...