The showers were barely cold following Wisconsin’s 63-60 loss to No. 1 seed Michigan State on Friday afternoon, but for Ethan Happ the time is right for him to declare for the NBA Draft.
Per a report from the Wisconsin State Journal, Happ will explore his NBA options following this season.
However, it appears that Happ will not hire an agent and is more committed to coming back than leaving. A lot of his decision will hinge on an invite to the draft combine and the feedback from NBA officials. He did say that most NBA types see him as a second round pick and that is not his hope in leaving early.
“That’s not where I want to be,” he said, via the Wisconsin State Journal. “If the combine doesn’t change that, then I’d probably say that I would come back.”
It also appears Happ is taking lessons from other former Badgers like Nigel Hayes. That lesson is not to go pro unless there’s a better chance at the NBA and not the G-League or playing overseas.
“Obviously, Nigel got his 10-day (contract with the Los Angeles Lakers) and that was special for him,” Happ said. “But that’s not where I want to be in a year. If that’s what GMs are telling me, where I’d be a late second round or a second-round pick, I’d rather develop in college than develop in the G-League.”
Happ finished this season averaging 17.9 points, 8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and shot 52.8 percent from the field.
Should Happ come back, all five starters from this season will return and there will also be the return of freshman wing Kobe King, along with point guard D’Mitrick Trice.
Brad Davison will also have offseason surgery to correct his chronic shoulder issues and he should be back by the start of next season. He’s looking forward to getting 100 percent healthy and back to his usual self as a player.
“I know it’s going to be a very long offseason for me,” he said, via the Wisconsin State Journal “I’m not looking forward to that. But I am looking forward to being able to play the way I want to play.”