HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall point guard Jarrod West will see where he stands amongst NBA Draft hopefuls.
West and Marshall announced Thursday evening that he will enter his name into the NBA Draft pool, which allows him to work out for NBA teams and potentially earn an invitation to the NBA scouting combine with the opportunity to return to school next year.
“I am going to try to be as receptive as possible,” West said. “I am going to try to gather as much information as I can to help me and benefit my game. At the end of the day, that will be better for our team as well.”
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— Marshall Men’s Basketball (@HerdMBB) April 9, 2020
West’s former teammate and Marshall’s all-time leading scorer Jon Elmore recently went through the draft process following his junior season and Elmore has already given West the lay of the land.
“Jon was one of the first people I talked to. We have been talking a good bit over the last couple weeks about what to expect and what I need to do and the necessary steps I need to prepare for the draft.”
West starred for his father, a former WVU standout, at Notre Dame High School, leading the Fighting Irish to the 2017 Class A state championship while winning the Evans Award as the state’s top player.
West was a third team all-Conference USA selection as a junior, averaging 14.2 points, 4.1 assists and 4 rebounds per game. He led the league in steals and minutes played.
“Early on playing a different role, I needed to be a lot better just controlling the game. I was really feeling comfortable leading the team and controlling the team in every way. I feel like I have a really good pulse for leading the team.”
As West himself noted, he’ll likely return to the Thundering Herd next season, using the experience as a chance to better hone his game for next year’s draft.
“We’ve got all our starters back and all our bench guys back. We have a lot of guys who played a lot of minutes. We should really hit the ground running next year and get off to a good start. So I have high expectations for us.”