Talen Horton-Tucker has announced that he is declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. The Iowa State guard has had a phenomenal year under head coach Steve Prohm. The language used by the guard indicates that he plans to see the entire process through.
— Talen (@Thortontucker) April 1, 2019
The freshman guard began getting potential first round looks near the end of the college basketball season. The guard’s last game with the Iowa State Cyclones was a first-round loss to Ohio State in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. He averaged 11.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in his lone season with the team.
The Chicago native will begin the draft process and will have the chance to pull out before the draft if he decided he did not like the information he was getting from NBA teams. A first round look would likely see the guard decide to stay in the 2019 NBA Draft.
— Talen (@Thortontucker) March 17, 2019
The freshman guard did help the Cyclones win a Big 12 Tournament Championship over the Kansas Jayhawks in his likely lone year with the team. He will be an interesting prospect for NBA teams in need of a backup guard. The freshman is listed at 6’4″ and a whopping 234 pounds but plays more like a shooting guard than a point guard.
The height is fine for the NBA level shooting guard, but teams may want him to trim down once he is on an NBA roster. This declaration will leave Iowa State with an unexpected scholarship that it can look to fill should he decide to stay in the 2019 NBA Draft. The guard was not a projected first-round pick in the third Def Pen 2019 NBA Mock Draft, but his stock has improves since then.