Michigan State men's basketball sophomore forward Nick Ward has announced that he will be submitting his name in the 2018 NBA Draft, but won't hire an agent. Ward took to Twitter to announce his decision, thanking the Spartan fan base for their support during his career.
Ward averaged 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds during the 2017-18 season, leading the team in rebounding. At the MSU team banquet this year, Ward received the Jumping Johnny Green Chairman of the Boards Award for his rebounding ability.
Ward will be able to start attending workouts with teams April 24 and is eligible to compete in the NBA Draft Combine, if selected, from May 16-20 in Chicago. He has until June 11, the NBA Draft Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline, to weigh his options and keep his name in or withdraw and return to Michigan State University.
Ward's teammate Miles Bridges declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday. Bridges is signing with sports agent Rich Paul from Klutch Sports.
"I fully support Nick's decision to take the opportunity to explore his draft stock," head coach Tom Izzo said. "He has continued to improve and worked very hard over the last two years to put himself in this position. The process will allow him to receive direct feedback and an assessment as to where he stands in his dream to play at the highest level."