Last Friday, WVU sophomore guard Miles “Deuce” McBride declared for the 2021 NBA Draft, putting his name into an opportunity of a lifetime to go to the pros.
“After conversations with my family and WVU coaching staff, I have decided that I will be declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft. Thank you to everyone that has helped me get to this point, I’m excited to go through this process,” McBride said in a social media message.
When McBride threw his name in the circle of prospects, the sophomore didn’t have too much hype around his name. It seemed as it was a chance for him to work out and get advice from NBA scouts. Over the last few days, McBride has received a lot of praise in the updated mock drafts around the internet.
Sports outlets have put out their post-NCAA Tournament mock drafts and McBride’s name pops up more frequently now.
Bleacher Report – 2nd Round (34th overall) to Orlando
ESPN – 2nd Round (34th overall) to Orlando
NBA Draft Room – 2nd Round (35th overall) to Sacramento
Yahoo! – 2nd Round (40th overall) to Sacramento
It’s safe to say that the game against Morehead State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament helped McBride’s stock rise over the past week. On March 19, the 6-foot-2 guard finished with a career-high 30 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field. McBride also had six rebounds, six assists and three steals in the win.
On Thursday night, the West Virginia men’s basketball team was able to land a point guard transfer from Old Dominion in Malik Curry. If McBride does return, there would consist of five point guards on the roster with McBride, Curry, Kedrian Johnson, Seth Wilson and Kobe Johnson. It’s not far off saying that WVU head coach Bob Huggins is preparing for the departure of McBride.
Usually, the NBA draft takes place in June but due to the season starting late, the draft will take place on July 29. The dates for the NBA combine have not been announced yet.
Good luck, Deuce!
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