Lamonte Bearden will test draft waters, has not hired agent

WKU guard Lamonte Bearden is introduced before the start of the the semifinals of the NIT Championship in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. WKU lost 69-64.

Jeremy Chisenhall

Redshirt junior guard Lamonte Bearden has submitted his name for the NBA Draft list but has not hired an agent, the College Heights Herald confirmed with WKU basketball on Tuesday. 

The Hilltopper point guard played in all 38 games last year, starting in 34 of them. He was fourth in scoring for the Hilltoppers, as he averaged 11.8 points per game. He was first on the team in free throws made with 127 and first in free-throw percentage, as he shot 82.5 percent from the stripe. He was also second on the team in total assists as he averaged 3.4 per game. 

Bearden came to WKU from Buffalo, where he helped lead the Bulls to two NCAA Tournament appearances. He has one remaining year of eligibility at WKU, if he chooses to return. 

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Bearden must withdraw his name from draft consideration by May 30 if he wants to retain his eligibility, per NCAA rules. 

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