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Miles McBride Declares for 2021 NBA Draft With Possibility to Return to WVU

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West Virginia and Oklahoma State compete during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championship at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 10, 2021. (Denny Medley/Big 12)

West Virginia sophomore point guard Miles “Deuce” McBride will enter his name into the 2021 NBA draft with the possibility to return to college next season, McBride announced via Twitter Friday evening.

McBride is the third WVU player who will test the NBA waters this summer, joining fellow guards Sean McNeil and Taz Sherman.

“After conversations with my family and coaching staff and receiving an evaluation from the NBA’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee, I felt like this would be a great opportunity to declare for the draft,” McBride said to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. “This season went well for me. I was able to show how I could impact a game in different ways, be it my defense, scoring, and overall being a leader on the court. I think I showed flashes of high-scoring games as a freshman and this year my focus was to be more consistent all around and improve every aspect, which I think I did.”

McBride led the Mountaineers in scoring this season, averaging 15.9 points in 29 games. He shot 43.1% from the floor and 41.4% from 3-point range while also averaging 3.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists. He was named a Second Team All-Big 12 selection, an honorable mention All-American and to two All-District teams following the season.

By entering his name into the draft, McBride will be able to be evaluated and receive feedback from professional scouts. As long as he does not sign with an agent, McBride would be able to return to WVU with as many as three years of eligibility remaining.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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