09192017

BYU basketball’s Eric Mika entering name into 2017 NBA Draft

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Eric Mika shoots a free throw during the game against Colorado University at the Marriott Center. During the 2016-17 season, Mika shot the second most free throws (295) and had the third most makes (225) in the NCAA.(Photo by Rebecca Lane/UV360)

BYU basketball sophomore Eric Mika announced Wednesday that he will enter his name in the 2017 NBA Draft. However, he will not hire an agent so he can maintain his college eligibility.

“I’m excited to declare for the NBA Draft and I’m looking forward to the process,” Mika said in a press release. “I have every intention of pursuing this opportunity with the hope of impressing NBA teams. I will work hard over the next several weeks to put myself in a position to be drafted. I’m optimistic about my chances.”

“I’m not hiring an agent because I believe it’s important to have options and I don’t want to rule out the possibility of returning to BYU next season.”

By declaring for the NBA Draft, Mika can be invited to workouts with NBA teams beginning April 25. This includes the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, scheduled for May 9–14, for early-entry players who have not hired an agent. In order to maintain NCAA eligibility, Mika would need to withdraw from the NBA Draft by May 24.

“We support Eric and will do whatever we can to help him through this process,” said BYU head coach Dave Rose in a press release. “Eric had an outstanding year for us. He worked incredibly hard coming off his mission to be ready for this past season and I expect he’ll demonstrate that same work ethic throughout this process.”

During the 2016-17 season, Mika was a first-team All-West Coast Conference player and a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2016-17. He set the record for offensive rebounds (104), was fourth in blocks (63) and 12th in total rebounds (312). Mika also shot the second most free throws (295) and had the third most makes (225) in the NCAA. He averaged 20.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game during his sophomore season.

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