Minnesota natives Daniel Oturu (Gophers) and Tre Jones (Duke) have already declared for the NBA Draft, and now a third Minnesotan is testing those same waters by entering the draft process.
McKinley Wright IV, who graduated from Champlin Park High School in 2017, announced Thursday that he's entering the draft process while keeping his eligibility. It means he can get a feel for where he might be selected if he stays in the draft, while giving him the option to back out and return to the University of Colorado.
Wright averaged 14.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5 assists for the Buffaloes this season, which was cut short due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Colorado
The 6-foot-tall guard was clearly underrated coming out of high school as 247Sports rated him the seventh-best player in Minnesota's graduating Class of 2017. The six players rated higher than him included Jericho Sims (Texas), Nate Reuvers (Wisconsin), Brad Davison (Wisconsin), Race Thompson (Indiana), Theo John (Wright's teammate at Champlin Park, now at Marquette), and Goanar Mar (George Mason).
There are still a few Minnesota natives who have yet to announce their plans. Zeke Nnaji (Hopkins), the Pac 12 Newcomer of the Year at Arizona, has yet to decide, nor has Matthew Hurt (Rochester John Marshall) of Duke or Tyrell Terry (DeLaSalle) of Stanford.