Nebraska basketball players James Palmer, Jr. and Isaac Copeland announced their intentions to declare for the NBA Draft on Tuesday afternoon.
Neither of them have hired an agent, maintaining their college eligibility. Both players have until May 30 to decide to move forward in the draft process, or to withdraw their names from the draft and keep their eligibility.
The NBA Draft is on June 21, with the draft combine taking place May 16-20 in Chicago.
Palmer was a first-team all Big Ten pick by the conference’s coaches, while Copeland was honorable mention all-Big Ten by both the coaches and media. Both just finished their junior seasons and have one year of eligibility remaining.
Palmer finished fifth in the Big Ten with 17.2 points per game. He also averaged 4.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Copeland averaged 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. He was second on the team in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots and had three double-doubles on the year.
“I’m excited for James and Isaac to go through this process,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles said in a written statement. “It will be great for them to test themselves against some of the best basketball players in the world. They are going into this process with the right mindset, and I think the next few months will be a positive experience for them.”
Elsewhere, junior forward Jack McVeigh officially announced Tuesday that he wishes to pursue a professional career in his home country of Australia. This news was first reported by HuskerOnline 12 days ago.
McVeigh played in 14 games this past season, scoring a total of 27 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.