On Friday, Butler forward Jordan Tucker announced via his personal Twitter account that he will remain in the NBA Draft process and forego his remaining eligibility at Butler–which would’ve been for a final senior season:
As a ‘super 6th-man’ and spot-starter for Butler in 2019-20, the 6’7″, 220 pound junior forward averaged 8.9 ppg., 3.8 rpg., and 0.7 apg. in 22.7 mpg. during 30 games (5 starts)–shooting .357 from FG and .357 from 3PT.
He was a strong candidate to be Butler’s leading scorer next year at the starting small forward spot.
Of course, his latest announcement isn’t exactly surprising.
The former Duke transfer always seemed to have one foot out the door at Butler–with an eye towards pursuing a professional career. Given that his earlier announcement that he was even entering the NBA Draft process seemed like he had already pretty well closed the door on returning to Butler, this latest announcement only seems to provide much needed finality.
Butler officially now has one scholarship freed up to work with for 2020-21–and they’ve recently been connected to ETSU transfer guard Bo Hodges, as they’re among his 5 finalists.
What is surprising though is that Tucker is apparently pursuing an NBA career, when he may not even be on the NBA Draft’s radar as a potential prospect right now.
That being said, Tucker and his family are presumably well connected in NBA and other sports and entertainment circles–so they probably understand the reality of his situation.
He could still be a strong candidate for playing overseas professionally or in the NBA’s G League–as opposed to actually being drafted this summer. He still has a road to eventually playing in the NBA, although it might be less direct and tougher getting there.
Ultimately though, the decision is Tucker’s to make.
Hinkle Hardwood wishes him the best of luck in pursuing a professional career and for his time as a member of the Butler Bulldogs!