Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Dalano Banton on Friday told Jonathan Givony of ESPN he will keep his name in the NBA draft and forgo his remaining collegiate eligibility.
Banton averaged 9.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and one steal in 27 games last season, leading the Cornhuskers in rebounding, assists and blocked shots (25). He was one of 18 players in the country to register a triple-double when he had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against Doane College on Dec. 17.
The 6-foot-9 sophomore announced on May 31 he would declare for the draft with the option to return to school next season. He was among the 40 prospects invited to participate in the NBA G League Elite Camp, and averaged four points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in two scrimmage appearances.
Banton is not projected to be selected by most mock drafts, but he can continue to improve his standing with strong showings in pre-draft workouts and interviews. On Monday, Banton worked out with the Golden State Warriors, and he has other meetings with teams on the horizon.
The NBA draft is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 29.