Gophers' redshirt sophomore guard Marcus Carr announced his decision to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft on social media Monday night. The decision comes one week after teammate, sophomore Daniel Oturu, decided to leave school early for the NBA.
In 2019-20, Carr was Minnesota's second leading scorer behind Oturu, averaging 15.4 points per game. In his first season with the Gophers, the Pitt transfer set the single-season assist record for the program with 207. For his play, the media selected Carr to the All-Big Ten third team.
Though Carr said in a statement posted to his Instagram that he intends to stay in the draft, there remains a path for him to return to school next year. In the statement, Carr wrote that he will not be signing an agent, therefore retaining his eligibility with the NCAA.
Last season, a rule was put in place that men's basketball players can test the NBA Draft process to gather information about their possibilities of getting drafted. If they choose, they may withdraw from the draft and return to college. It's the same path former Gopher Amir Coffey took last season, before ultimately electing to turn pro.
While Oturu's declaring for the draft came as no surprise, Carr's decision was not anticipated. If he decides to turn pro, it would leave the Gophers' in need of replacing much of its production next season. However, Minnesota would retain two of its starting guards in Gabe Kalscheur and Payton Willis, as well as Tre' Williams who averaged 16.2 minutes per game as a freshman.