Monday, April 18, 2011
Meet UNC Asheville's NBA draft entrant
By Diamond Leung
There is testing the NBA draft waters, and then there is tiptoeing in, splashing around before scurrying back to shore. The latter is what North Carolina-Asheville junior guard J.P. Primm has done in declaring for the draft without hiring an agent.
The 6-foot-1 Primm helped lead UNC Asheville to the NCAA tournament, scoring 14.6 points and leading the Bulldogs in assists and steals. He was a second-team All-Big South performer and is now making a name for himself by putting his name in the draft -- even if he plans to eventually withdraw.
According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, he becomes the first player in the program's history to declare early for the draft.
"With the success that we enjoyed last season, I just wanted to see where I stack up against better players and what I need to improve on," Primm said in a statement. "I plan on returning to UNC Asheville and receiving my degree. This is something I just want to do to get my name out there and make me a better basketball player."
Sometimes the NBA draft isn't about the decision to go or stay. For players like Primm, it could be just getting the name out there so in the future, a curious scout hearing it for the first time might put it on a checklist and attend a game.
"It is great to have players who are contemplating an NBA career," UNC Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach said. "The reason you win championships is by having good players like J.P. Primm who dream about playing at the next level. This experience will help J.P. and make him a better player."