Arkansas junior forward Moses Kingsley will enter the 2016 NBA Draft, the school announced Tuesday. He will not hire an agent, meaning a return to the program is still possible.
Kingsley can attend workouts held by NBA teams and the NBA Combine, if selected, but has until May 25 to withdraw and return for his senior season with the Razorbacks.
“This is a great opportunity for Moses to get an evaluation for the next level and take full advantage of the new rules in place,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said in a press release. “He emerged as one of the elite players in the SEC this year and we fully support his decision to explore his options.”
New rules allow players to test the waters of the NBA draft talent pool with the option to withdraw without consequence. In March, Kentucky coach John Calipari said he told his entire team to declare for the NBA draft.
However, hiring an agent eliminates a player’s amateur status and removes the possibility of returning to play college basketball.
Kingsley, a Nigeria native, earned second team All-SEC honors with 15.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game during the 2015-16 season. He was also named to the conference’s All-Defensive team.
“After thinking about my future and talking with Coach Anderson and the rest of the coaching staff, I have decided to enter the 2016 NBA Draft without hiring an agent,” Kingsley said. “I feel that getting an evaluation on myself after my junior year is the right thing to do while still keeping eligibility to play for my Hogs. I thank God for this opportunity and for putting my family, teammates, coaches, and managers in place to help me get to where I am today. This bond between us all will never be broken. I can’t wait to see what God has for me in the future.”