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Admiral Schofield declaring for NBA Draft; Will not hire an agent

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He can still return for his senior season.

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Tennessee junior forward Admiral Schofield will declare for the 2018 NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent, Schofield said in a tweet on Thursday. Schofield is eligible to return to Tennessee as long as he does not hire an agent.

Schofield said in a tweet that he has a “valuable opportunity to submit my name in the 2018 NBA Draft without hiring an agent.”

“Coach Barnes has encouraged me to go through that process, work out for teams, and learn as much as I can about the transition from college to professional basketball. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to receive feedback from NBA personnel and see where I stand,” Schofield said.

So Admiral is going to go through the process — and why not? It can’t hurt him to get better prepared for an NBA future. The NBA rules allow you to declare once and return, as long as you don’t hire an agent.

It’s widely believed that Schofield will return for one more run through the SEC with a loaded roster returning.

The 6-5 upcoming senior wing was Tennessee’s best player down the stretch of their post-season run. He averaged a career high 13.9 points per game this season, second only to SEC player of the year Grant Williams.