According to NC State head coach Sidney Lowe, freshman center J.J. Hickson will put his name in the NBA Draft but will not sign with an agent.
The News & Observer reported that Lowe said after tonight's radio show that Hickson would test the waters and his decision may hinge on where he might project in the draft.
According to NCAA rules, college basketball players can declare for the draft and attend camps and tryouts. If they do not hire an agent, they have the option of withdrawing from the draft and returning to school. However, a player is allowed to go through that process only once.
The process would be ideal for a player in Hickson's situation. He could put his name in the draft, work out for different teams, find out where he really stands and, if he doesn't like his position and doesn't sign with an agent, return for his sophomore season.
In 2007, the NBA reduced contracts for rookies from three guaranteed years to two. The two-year guaranteed contracts have two additional years that are team options, giving teams the chance to extend contracts for two more seasons if they are satisfied with the progress of the player. The No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Greg Oden, was guaranteed $3.885 million his rookie season. The last pick in the first round, Petteri Koponen, was guaranteed $771,000 his first year in the league.
Rookie salaries are not automatically guaranteed for second-round picks, but over the years some second-round picks have been able to negotiate guaranteed money.
Hickson finished his freshman season averaging 14.8 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting an ACC-leading 59% from the field. He led the Wolfpack in all three categories and blocked shots. For his efforts, he was an honorable mention All-ACC selection and All-ACC Rookie Team pick.