Robert Whaley – from Walsh, then an NAIA team in Ohio – got chosen by the Jazz with the No. 51 pick in the 2005 NBA draft.
He was the last player to get drafted out of a sub-DI college.
Amir Hinton – from Shaw, a Division II team in North Carolina that just finished its season – will attempt to become the next.
Shaw University junior Amir Hinton told ESPN that he will declare for the 2019 NBA draft and hire an agent, forgoing his final season of collegiate eligibility.
“I think the timing is perfect for me,” he said. “I will be hiring an agent. I am ready. I am going to try and be a lottery pick.”
Lottery pick seems overly optimistic. A 6-foot-5 guard who averaged 29.4 points per game this season, Hinton looks more like a second-rounder.
But it’s so tough to evaluate him given his lower competition level. Hinton will definitely have an opportunity to rise while facing more-heralded prospects in pre-draft workouts.
If he gets drafted at all, that’d be an impressive accomplishment considering where he’s coming from.