Florida could end up losing its leading scorer going into the 2018-19 season.
Junior guard Jalen Hudson announced Tuesday night he’s putting his name in the NBA draft without an agent. The 6-foot-6 Virginia Tech transfer has until June 11 to decide whether to keep his name in the draft or return for his senior season.
Hudson averaged a team-high 15.5 points for the Gators, shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from 3-point range while starting 19 of 34 games.
Some scouts project Hudson as a possible second-round pick. The NBA mock draft website NBADraft.net predicts Hudson as the 52nd overall pick, late in the second round to the Chicago Bulls.
If Hudson leaves, it would open up a scholarship for the Gators to pursue either a transfer or incoming freshman for the 2018-19 roster.
In an Instagram post on Tuesday night, Hudson thanked fans, teammates and coaches at UF for their support.
“Over the next few weeks I will continue to weigh my options and make the best decision for myself and my family,” Hudson said in the post. “I feel so blessed to be in the position I am in and will continue to work hard every day to represent my family and the University of Florida.”