South Carolina’s Brian Bowen going to draft if ineligible

South Carolina freshman and former Louisville signee Brian Bowen told ESPN he will declare for the NBA draft in case the NCAA does not clear him to play next season for the Gamecocks.

Bowen said he does not intend to sign with an agent, in order to preserve his college eligibility.

The 6-foot-7 Bowen is a former McDonald’s All American who was ranked 14th in the country by ESPN coming out of La Lumiere School in Indiana. Multiple NBA executives said they currently project Bowen as a second-round pick, but they also said it’s difficult to gauge because they haven’t seen him play in more than a year.

“He’s a little bit of a mystery because most of us haven’t seen him since the McDonald’s Game practices last year,” one high-ranking NBA executive told ESPN. “I think he’ll be invited to the combine, and if he does, he’ll have a chance to really help himself.”

After going through pregame warm-ups, Mitchell was deemed healthy enough to play.

The Rookie of the Year candidate had 27 points and 10 rebounds in the Jazz’s Game 1 loss.

“You’re getting to a point where, because of the way people are playing you, it’s even more important for you to space,” Snyder says as the clip of Gobert’s dunk plays. “Because if you’re not spaced, we don’t get to take advantage of your gravity, right?”

That gravity is never heavier than when Mitchell has the ball in his hands during a half-court possession. His coaches are constantly teaching him the NBA chess match, identifying opportunities to attack, where to get shots and when it’s best to move the ball.

Snyder beams when he shows a possession from late in the fourth quarter because Mitchell makes a couple of quick, terrific reads. Never mind that Mitchell admits that he didn’t know which play was called, or that it didn’t produce any points.

“In this action here, you’re going to draw attention, and this is the right play,” Snyder says as the clip shows Mitchell running a pick-and-roll on the left wing and firing a crosscourt pass to Joe Ingles.jets_021

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