PROVO BYU junior Trent Plaisted will put his name in for the NBA Draft, testing the waters for a professional career, he announced Thursday morning.
It may be official now, but it was expected and speculated upon since the Cougars left Anaheim, Calif., after the loss to Texas A&M.
The big junior will put his name in the NBA Draft but will not sign with an agent. This will enable Plaisted to withdraw his name from the draft should he not like the positioning in the next month and a half.
This will enable Plaisted to keep his college eligibility for his senior year if he decides to return.
"I have decided to put my name in and pursue my options with the NBA at this time," Plaisted said. "I am not signing with an agent because I want to leave open the possibility of coming back for my senior season. Playing professional basketball is definitely a goal of mine and we have a very good team here at BYU so, either way, I think my options are good."
Plaisted can now be invited to the pre-draft camps designed to evaluate players. He is allowed to accept expenses to the NBA predraft camp in Orlando, but he must pay for any other camps or trips to teams for workouts.
Plaisted would need to withdraw from the draft by June 16.
The 6-foot-11, 245-pound junior was first-team all-MWC this past season and helped lead the Cougars to a second-straight regular-season MWC title and a top-25 ranking for eight weeks. The Cougars' 27-8 record was the second-most wins in school history.
During his junior season in 2007-08, Plaisted averaged 20.6 points and 12.3 rebounds against top-10 competition. He scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a win over No. 6 Louisville, helped BYU battle No. 1 North Carolina down to the wire with 24 points and 17 rebounds, and totaled 17 points and eight boards in another close setback against No. 9 Michigan State.
Plaisted has totaled 1,372 career points (13.3 ppg) to rank 14th all-time on the Cougars' scoring list while adding 686 rebounds (6.7 rpg) and 123 assists (1.2 apg). A left-hander known for his athleticism and ability to run the floor, Plaisted was the MWC Freshman of the Year and a Scout.com Freshman All-America second team selection in 2006. He received USBWA All-District honors in 2006 and 2008 while also garnering all-district accolades from the NABC in 2008. Including his redshirt season, Plaisted is currently finishing his fourth year at BYU while nearing the completion of his degree in economics. He is expected to graduate in August.
Key dates in the NBA draft process:
April 27, deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft.
May 20, NBA draft lottery.
June 16, Last day underclassmen to pull out of the draft with no agent and be eligible for college.June 26, NBA draft.