After starting every game last season for Florida, freshman point guard Andrew Nembhard is testing the NBA waters.
The Aurora, Ontario, native announced his intention to enter the NBA draft Friday, just nine days from the deadline for early entrants, but will retain his eligibility and the option to return to Florida in 2019 by not hiring an agent.
“Playing in the NBA has been a lifelong dream of mine and I know I have a unique opportunity to fulfill this dream,” Nembhard said in a statement. “I plan to take this process seriously and ultimately evaluate what is best for me, my family and my long term goals as a basketball player.”
Nembhard finished his inaugural season at UF with 196 assists, good for the fourth-highest single-season total in Florida history, in addition to averaging 8.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.
Nembhard’s decision to forego his sophomore campaign seemingly comes as a surprise after UF coach Mike White indicated the 6-foot-5 guard would return to Gainesville for another go-round.
“I do think in our postseason meetings, a couple guys really stepped up. Andrew (Nembhard) and Noah Locke, they approached me with it before it even came out of my mouth about how eager and willing they are to step up for this program and for their teammates from a leadership standpoint, so that’s exciting,” White said March 28.
The NCAA deadline for Nembhard to withdraw from the NBA draft is May 29.