Obi Enechionyia is torn. The 6-foot-10 Temple junior acknowledges that he is contemplating declaring for the NBA draft, but he says he isn’t leaning one way or another.
“Right now, I am just thinking about it,” he said after a workout Tuesday with his Temple teammates.
College players can declare for the NBA draft and then withdraw their name if they don’t hire an agent. Last week, La Salle junior B.J. Johnson put his name in the draft but didn’t hire an agent.
A college player must declare for the draft by 11:59 p.m. on April 23. If he doesn’t hire an agent, the player can withdraw by May 24 (10 days after the NBA draft combine).
Enechionyia averaged 13.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots for the 16-16 Owls, who lost in the first round of the American Athletic Conference tournament to East Carolina.
He started the season very well, averaging 21.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots and shooting 24 for 44 (54.5 percent) from three-point range in the first seven games. At that point, he looked like a potential first-round pick.
He couldn’t sustain that level, though, and scored 20 points in a game just once the rest of the season.
“My confidence is still high because I know I can get back to that level and play at that level on a consistent basis,” he said.
Enechionyia conceded that he constantly weighs his options.
“It is always something in the back of my mind,” he said. “When the time comes, the decision I make will be the best for me and my family, and right now, I am trying to figure out what to do.