On Tuesday afternoon, New Mexico head coach Steve Alford announced the junior wing Tony Snell plans to enter his name into the selection pool for the 2013 NBA Draft.
Snell, who stands at 6-foot-7, is more of a guard/forward and certainly has a tremendous upside after showcasing his true athleticism and talent level this season. On the year, Snell averaged 12.5 points, 2.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. The California-native had a number of games in which he was seemingly unstoppable, especially early on in the year when he scored 25+ points in two of the Lobos’ first three games this year.
Snell does not plan on hiring an agent at this time, so he simply intends on testing the waters and gauging his interest.
This NBA draft situation is so odd now. UNM announces Tony Snell will test the interest of the NBA and has until April 16 to decide.
— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) March 26, 2013
With that being said however, New Mexico fans may have seen the last of Snell if he does not retract his name by the Apr. 16 deadline. Ont the flip side of the situation, Snell may be better equipped to gauge his interest and then come back to school for the 2013-14 season. Snell made a name for himself this year out west and that hype will only grow if he returns to Albuquerque for one more season.
New Mexico was eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last week by 14th-seeded Harvard. The Lobos had a terrific season, winning both the regular season and Mountain West Conference Tournament championship before being upset in the Big Dance.
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