Point guard Ky Bowman will withdraw from the 2018 NBA draft ahead of the May 30 deadline and will return to Boston College for his junior season, per CBS’s Jon Rothstein.
Ky Bowman is returning to Boston College next season, per a source. Entered 2018 NBA Draft without an agent.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 30, 2018
Bowman declared for the NBA draft following a sophomore season in which he put up 17.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while shooting .362 from three. He finished the year as an honorable mention for All-ACC. Unlike his backcourt partner Jerome Robinson, Bowman opted not to hire an agent to maintain his NCAA eligibility while testing the draft waters. Though he was not invited to the draft combine, Bowman worked out for individual teams including the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Houston Rockets.
Bowman’s athleticism and scoring ability have been indisputable, but he has room to grow in the areas of consistency and decision-making. He struggled with turnovers at times, and his turnover total exceeded in assist total in ten games this season. Bowman’s leadership role will expand with the departure of Robinson, and his NBA draft stock stands to increase if he can take care of the ball more consistently. With Bowman’s return, BC’s starting lineup will most likely be filled out with Jordan Chatman, Steffon Mitchell, Jairus Hamilton, and Nik Popvic. Returners Luka Kraljevic, Vin Baker Jr., Johncarlos Reyes, and Avery Wilson will likely vie for playing time, along with junior transfer Jared Hamilton when he becomes eligible in the second semester. There has been no official announcement on Teddy Hawkins’ potential return with a medical red shirt, but BC will have one open scholarship if he does not return.