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Thursday, April 12, 2018 3:40 pm

IU's Morgan to test NBA draft process

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Indiana forward Juwan Morgan plans to submit his name for the NBA Draft, but won't hire an agent, the Hoosiers announced Wednesday.

Morgan has until May 30 to make an official decision on whether he will return to Indiana for his senior season, per NCAA rules. Before then, he is permitted to work out for NBA teams and speak with team personnel. Entering the draft process without hiring an agent has become a common practice for players who want feedback on their draft stock before deciding whether to officially declare.

"I want to gather as much information as possible and see what opportunities may be out there," Morgan said.  "It has always been a goal of mine to play basketball at the highest level and this is the first step."

Morgan was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2017-18, improving his scoring average by 8.8 points per game to 16.5. The jump was the largest in the conference.

 "The rules are in place to allow an individual to get valuable feedback," Indiana coach Archie Miller said. "We support Juwan in wanting to find out where he stands and learn what he needs to continue to work on in the eyes of key decision makers professionally."

Morgan is not listed on most mock draft boards, but has a chance to impress talent evaluators at the NBA Combine from May 16-20.