Virginia Tech center Keve Aluma announced on Wednesday night that he would test the waters of the 2021 NBA Draft.
I feel blessed to have the opportunity to explore my options and enter my name for the 2021 NBA draft while still maintaining my eligibility as a Hokie. 🙏🏾 Can’t wait to see what God has in store for me and go Hokies 🦃 pic.twitter.com/5pferRj6V4
— Keve Aluma (@AlumaKeve) April 8, 2021
Aluma has retained the option to play for the Hokies again next year if he so chooses. The redshirt junior averaged 15.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game during the 2020-21 season. He shot 49% from the field, 35.1% from three-point range, and 72.2% from the free throw line.
Aluma currently isn’t projected to be selected by online mock drafts. However, he is currently 22 years old and will turn 23 in December, and the NBA generally trends young, which means that if he plays in college for another year he could potentially harm his draft prospects because he would be 23 during the 2022 Draft.
The 2021 NBA Draft is scheduled for July 29. If Aluma is selected, he would be the first player from the Eastern Shore to be drafted since VCU’s Sherron Mills in 1993.