JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Isaiah Adams is seeing what this NBA thing is all about.
The Paxon graduate and true freshman forward at the University of Central Florida announced in a social media post on Wednesday that he was entering the draft.
“After spending time speaking with my family and coaches, I have decided to enter my name into the 2021 NBA Draft while maintaining my eligibility. Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine. I hope to learn a lot through this process and I thank Knight Nation for all of their support.”
Adams, who won the state’s Mr. Basketball award in 2020 at Paxon, just completed his first season in college at UCF. Adams averaged 9.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game with the Knights.
Adams will retain his eligibility as long as he doesn’t hire an agent and withdraws before the July 19 deadline. The NBA draft is July 29. The NBA draft combine is June 21-27.
Initiating the pre-draft process will afford Adams to see where he stands against other prospective NBA draft entrants.
Another local product, Potter’s House graduate Udoka Azubuike, did the same thing following his sophomore season at Kansas in 2018, and again after his junior season the following year. Both times, Azubuike withdrew and returned to school.
He went on to become a first-round draft pick in 2020.