Ole Miss junior guard Breein Tyree announced his plans to enter the NBA draft but not hire an agent Saturday.
The team leader in points per game (17.9) for last season will maintain his NCAA eligibility, meaning he can come back for his senior season and potentially lead the Rebels back to the NCAA Tournament after a second round ousting this season.
Tyree has taken on a greater role every year while at Ole Miss growing his points per game, minutes per game and starts every season. He currently sits just shy of 1,200 points for his career at Ole Miss, and if he came back, he would potentially stand to break into the top echelon of scorers in school history.
However, the lure of playing in the NBA may prove to be a greater draw if workouts go well for the New Jersey native. Tyree made his intentions known via Instagram Saturday saying entering the draft is a “lifelong dream” and thanking fans and teammates.
First year head coach Kermit Davis responded soon after supporting Tyree’s decision to get a good look from NBA scouts while also keeping his options open for a return.
Supporting words from @RebelCoachDavis following @Breety5's decision to enter the @NBADraft pic.twitter.com/CuEVDvu8Cm— Ole Miss Basketball (@OleMissMBB) April 6, 2019
This situation seems eerily similar to what Rebel fans endured with Terence Davis last offseason when he announced a look at the NBA draft. Davis worked out for a few teams, but he ultimately came back to Oxford for one more year. The Southaven, Miss. guard was coming off his junior year as well where he led the team in scoring though the team did not make anywhere near the NCAA Tournament in 2018.
The Cup is 100 percent behind any Ole Miss athlete who has the opportunity to go pro and get some real very large money in the process. Tyree showed a ton of toughness last season with a tricky sore shoulder that had him wearing a mile of kinesiology tape every game. He was clearly one of the leaders on the team, and there is absolutely no way the team goes as far as it did without him.
That being said, this year’s draft class is once again loaded with some very good talent, and Tyree’s name recognition is not very high at this point. Workouts can improve that, and it may be best for this to be a two year process for him - get your name in scouts’ minds this year, make another great run as a senior, and get drafted in 2020.
We’ll be closely following the teams that call Tyree in and would imagine teams like the local Memphis Grizzlies and regionally Atlanta Hawks to bring him in, but it’s all speculation at this point.
So what do you think Tyree could accomplish by coming back next season? Are things as good as they can get for him? Comment or tweet @redcuprebellion with your thoughts.