On the day seven Kentucky underclassmen declared for the NBA draft, Cal coach Cuonzo Martin said junior point guard Tyrone Wallace still hasn’t made a decision about his future.
“I think Tyrone is weighing his options, which is fine,” Martin said. “He’ll assess who’s going in the draft, who’s returning to school. Then he’ll make his decision from there, but he’s still (up) in the air.”
The deadline for early entry into the NBA draft is April 26, and Martin said his first-team all-Pac-12 should take all the time he needs.
“There is no timetable for him,” Martin said.” This is a very important decision. You owe it to a young man to take his time and make the right decision.
“The thing we talked about when the season was over was what’s best for Tyrone Wallace, putting himself in position to be the best he can be and where he sees himself as far as the draft’s concerned, where he’s projected.”
Wallace is not projected to be a first-round pick, but Martin said that won’t necessarily mean Wallace says no to the pros.
“I don’t know if he’s necessarily said, `If I’m not in the first round I won’t go in the draft.’ I don’t think he’s said that,” Martin said.
Martin believes a player taken in the top half of the second round likely has a good future, but called anything later than that a “gray area where you’ve got to be lucky.”
Martin said he has received a large number of inquiries from potential candidates for the coaching staff vacancy left when Jon Harris was hired as head coach at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Included, he said, are NBA assistant coaches.
Martin said he may not hire a replacement for Harris for a couple weeks, and will be careful to find someone who is a good fit for his staff.