Following the lead of teammates Jordan Nwora and Steven Enoch, Louisville rising senior V.J. King has declared himself eligible for the 2019 NBA Draft. Like Nwora and Enoch, King has the ability to go through the pre-draft process but still elect to return to school before the May 29 deadline.
King’s junior season was a disappointing one. He began the year as a starter but slowly saw his playing time and production dwindle. He played his best basketball of the season in the closing weeks, but still finished with averages of just 3.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.
Even though V.J. has expressed a desire to return to Louisville and still has that avenue open to him, don’t be surprised if the Minnesota game winds up being his final one as a Cardinal. King may choose to begin his professional career next season, but he’s also going to graduate early, giving him the opportunity to return to college as a grad transfer with a team that could provide him with more playing time.
It feels like there’s going to be some moving and shaking in the weeks to come.