Gonzaga Bulldogs freshman center Filip Petrusev is taking advantage of the new-ish NCAA/NBA Draft early entry rules and will engage in the draft process, with the full intention of returning for his sophomore season.
Source: Gonzaga freshman Filip Petrusev has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft with every intention to return for his sophomore season. Will get feedback and return to Gonzaga.— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) April 22, 2019
Since the rules changed and allowed all college players to submit their names for NBA Draft consideration without penalty, Petrusev’s decree is unexpected, and something he should be doing. After all, John Calipari rather famously said that all Kentucky players, including walk-ons, were going to do so as well.
Petrusev played sparingly in his freshman season, averaging 6.5 points on 11.4 minutes per game. He showcased his offensive skill sets nicely in his limited time, shooting 63 percent from two point and 85 percent from the free throw line. His defense was often times a liability, and, combined with the return of Killian Tillie, his minutes plummeted.
With the expected departures of Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke, and the possible departure of Tillie, Petrusev will play a vital role on a Gonzaga squad next year that has a highly talented, yet incredibly young, front court coming in.
Petrusev will hopefully receive some feedback on what he needs to work on to improve his draft stock for his sophomore or junior season.