University of Cincinnati men's basketball junior Jarron Cumberland announced his decision to "test the waters" of the 2019 NBA Draft Saturday via his Instagram page.
Cumberland will receive feedback from various NBA organizations before making his official decision on whether or not he will leave UC or stay for his senior season. He has until May 29 to make the decision.
Jarron has decided to 𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀 of the 𝗡𝗕𝗔 𝗗𝗿𝗮𝗳𝘁 process.He can sign with an NCAA-certified agent, receive feedback & still 𝗿𝗲𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹. He has until 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟮𝟵 to make a 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻.#Bearcats pic.twitter.com/vraRvtmMJq— Cincinnati Men’s Hoops (@GoBearcatsMBB) April 20, 2019
Cincinnati's Jarron Cumberland has signed with an agent and will enter the 2019 NBA Draft, he announced.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 20, 2019
“To start, I’d like to say thank you,” Cumberland said. “To my family: I wouldn’t be where I am today without your love and support. To my teammates: you truly are my brothers. You have pushed me every day to be the player I am today. And to the fans: coming to Cincinnati was easily the best decision that I’ve ever made. This has been an amazing three years and I will always represent Cincinnati. For now, I’ve decided to test the waters and see where I stand in the NBA draft process.”
Cumberland, a 6-foot-5 guard, was named the 2018-19 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, as well of the Most Outstanding Player of the conference tournament.
“Since becoming the head coach at the University of Cincinnati I’ve had multiple conversations with Jarron and his family about his desire to play in the NBA,” new UC head coach John Brannen said. “This is the first step toward that goal. I fully support Jarron’s decision and look forward to assisting him with this process any way that I can.”
After averaging 18.8 points per game in his junior season, Cumberland now sits at No. 20 on UC's all-time scoring list at 1,363.