Jaden Springer has declared for the NBA Draft and will hire an agent ending his career at Tennessee. Springer averaged 12.5 points as Tennessee’s leading scorer this season, to go along 3.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game while shooting 46.7 percent from the field.
Springer is currently projected as a top-15 pick, making his choice a bit of a no-brainer.
NBA Draft Room's analysis of Springer:
"A straight scorer who gets it done from 3 levels. Handles the ball well under pressure and wants the ball in his hands with the game on the line.
Has strength and good burst. Plays low to the ground, with good lateral quickness. Takes it to the rim hard and really knows how to finish.
Jaden is really good at getting his own shot and is lethal from mid-range.
Springer brings the same energy and intensity on the defensive end. He seems to take the challenge personally and really gets after the ball handler.
It is possible Springer is joined in entering the draft by fellow five-star signee Keon Johnson who is projected as a top-10 pick in the upcoming draft.
"They have made a lot of progress, and they've had to do it at times where we've been struggling," Rick Barnes said about the duo after the SEC tournament. "They didn't get a typical offseason. Just like all freshmen coming into college basketball, it hasn't been the normal year for them. That was a major disadvantage for all freshmen coming in. They have done everything that we've asked them to do. They've had to learn multiple positions probably for the first time in their careers. They've been asked to do a lot more from a thinking the game aspect as opposed to just using their abilities to overpower people. We've enjoyed coaching them, because they're competitive. They want to win. They have dealt with the ups and downs of what I think college freshman can go through. Right now, more than ever, I hope that they can just put it all together for themselves and for us. We have high expectations. They have high expectations. Overall, I think they've been terrific."