NC State junior point guard Markell Johnson will go through the NCAA draft process without hiring an agent, the university announced Friday.
Johnson can go through the NBA combine and draft testing process, get feedback from NBA scouts and execs and keep his NCAA eligibility for his senior season, as long as he withdraws his name by May 29.
“I fully support Markell going through this evaluation process and gathering additional information,” said head coach Kevin Keatts in a release from NC State Athletics. “Given the rules and options available to him, Markell is taking advantage of resources to ultimately make the most informed decision.”
Johnson led NC State with 4.2 assists per game last season, and finished second on the team with 12.6 points per game. He shot 42.2% from 3-point range and made 68 3-pointers, the second most on the team.
If Johnson returns for his senior season, he’d headline a point guard group that includes Braxton Beverly, Blake Harris and, possibly, star recruit Jalen Lecque, who is also testing the NBA draft waters after playing a fifth year of high school basketball.
Last year, former NC State guard Torin Dorn tested the NBA waters before electing to return for his final season.