Robert Woodard II “all in” as he declares for NBA Draft
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Another Mississippi State Bulldog is headed to the NBA. 

After Reggie Perry declared for the 2020 NBA Draft back in March, sophomore forward Robert Woodard II announced hit intent to turn pro on Twitter this morning.

Because of the uncertainty surrounding the NBA schedule in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Woodard told ESPN that he plans to maintain his eligibility but don’t expect him back in Starkville next season.

“I am going into the draft with the intention of not going back to school,” Woodard said. “I am maintaining my eligibility because of the uncertainty about the dates and what workouts will look like, but I don’t look it at is as testing the waters. I am all in with this thing.”

The 6’7 forward led the Bulldogs in 3-point shooting efficiency last season at 43%. He averaged 11.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. 

As for where Woodard may end up, experts say he could be a first-round pick. 

“ESPN.com’s mock draft had him pegged as the 23rd overall selection to the Miami Heat, while a recent mock by Sam Vecenie of The Athletic had him out of the first round at #43 to San Antonio,” SportsTalk Mississippi’s Brian Hadad reports.

Currently, the 2020 NBA Draft is still set for June 25th.