James Webb III hires agent, staying in NBA draft

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Boise State forward James Webb III declared for the NBA draft last month.

Now, he’s committed to staying in it.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Webb hired agent Charles Briscoe of Briscoe Sports Management on Wednesday night, which means he will not be eligible to return to Boise State.

Webb, who transferred from Northern Idaho College, will turn 23 before his first pro season. He faces an uphill climb just to get drafted.

The 6-foot-9 combo forward ideally projects as a stretch four as he fills out, especially because of his plus rebounding. Webb is a good athlete and fantastic finisher who can be more dynamic than some one-dimensional stretch fours.

The big hole in this outlook: Webb’s 3-point shooting fell to 25% this season from 42% last year. His free-throw percentage has remained consistent, 68% and 66% – but at a number to low to feel encouraged about his stroke.

If outside shooting isn’t working in his favor, I’m not sure enough is to get him drafted. But if a team believes Webb can shoot like he did as a sophomore rather than a junior, he could go in the second round.