DeAndre’ Bembry declares for NBA draft, hires agent

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Atlantic 10 coaches raved about DeAndre’ Bembry before the season.

The 6-foot-6 St. Joseph’s wing deliver, winning the conference’s Player of the Year.

Now, he’s taking the next step.

Bembry, via Dick Jerardi of the Philadelphia Daily News:

“I have officially declared for the draft, and I’ve signed with an agent,’’ Bembry said in a statement released to the Daily News. “This decision was extremely difficult, but at this point I want to focus all of my attention on the next phase of my basketball career and I’m ready to take this step.

Bembry is a probable first-round pick and rising.

There’s a lot to like about him. He scores, rebounds, passes and defends. Few combine his awareness and athleticism to affect the game in so many ways.

But here are two big red flags with Bembry:

1. His jumper is poor. That’s a major issue that could affect how defenses guard him and his team. If he shot better from outside, he’d be a top-10 pick.

2. He’ll turn 22 on July 4. How much of his college production is due to just being older than much of his competition? Not only did Bembry spend three years in college, he’s older than most of his classmates.

Bembry’s positives outweigh his negatives, but those drawbacks are pronounced enough to keep him from climbing too high in the draft.