SEC Programs awaiting final decisions

Updated: Jul 18, 2020


The recent hiatus caused the NBA timeline to be pushed back substantially, The 2020 Draft was among those impacted. The draft was moved to October and the early-entry deadline for prospects was extended to August 3rd. Multiple SEC programs are still waiting on final decisions from high-impact performers, a return could elevate their individual programs. I’ll detail some of the notable pending draft decisions:   John Petty Jr, Alabama   The 6’6” junior was a breakout performer last season, the All-SEC guard averaged 14.5 PPG and 6.6 RPG on .46/.44/.67 shooting splits. Javian Davis recently entered the transfer portal, opening up a scholarship spot for a possible Petty return. Petty could be in the SEC POTY conversation next season if he was to return to Tuscaloosa. Petty is also a father, and it would make perfect sense if he decided to go Pro and help support his family. He’s currently projected anywhere from the 50’s to undrafted.   Return Probability: 53% Isaiah Joe, Arkansas The 6’5” guard is an elite shooter with potential first-round upside. He averaged 16.9 PPG and 4.1 RPG on .37/.34/.89 splits during his sophomore season. A return could help htake Arkansas to another level -- the Hogs 2020 class ranks top-ten nationally, headlined by four-star Moses Moody. The possibility of Joe returning seems slim, draft twitter is super high on his skillset -- it’s very possible he goes off the board early into the second-round. Return Probability: 25% Yves Pons, Tennessee The 6’6” forward is a great athlete with superb defensive versatility. The 2020 SEC DPOTY averaged 10.8 PPG and 5.4 rebounds on .49/.35/.64 splits. Pons also blocked 73 shots last season which ties for the school-record at Tennessee. Yves returning could put the Vols in serious title contention –- their returning group is headlined by John Fulkerson and Santiago Vescovi, along with a Top 4 incoming recruiting class. I’d lean towards Pons returning to Knoxville next season, he’s currently projected anywhere from the late-second to undrafted.   Return Probability: 70%

Trendon Watford, LSU The 6’8” forward was among the top performing freshman in the conference last season, averaging 13.6 PPG and 7.2 RPG on decent shooting splits. It seems up in the air if Watford will return for his second season at LSU, a return could put the Tigers in top-three conversation in the SEC. Will Wade and his staff are currently awaiting decisions from Darius Days and Javonte Smart as well, but Watford is the most likely to get drafted of the three. It wouldn’t surprise me if they all return though, Trendon is seen as a potential second-round prospect.   Return Probability: 74% Other Decisions: Javonte Smart, LSU – Return Probability: 90% Darius Days, LSU – Return Probability: 84% Xavier Pinson, Missouri – Return Probability: 91% Jeremiah Tilmon, Missouri – Return Probability: 99% Mitchell Smith, Missouri – Return Probability: 98%

—Hunter Cruse

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