Boise State Broncos junior forward James Webb III has decided to enter the 2016 NBA draft, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
B.J. Rains of the Idaho Press-Tribune later received confirmation through a spokesperson within the program that Webb will attempt to go pro.
On April 6, Charania reported Webb hired an agent, Charles Briscoe of Briscoe Sports Management, and will not return to school.
A first-team All-Mountain West selection this year, Webb averaged 15.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest and shot 49.4 percent from the floor. He was the leading scorer on a Boise State team that finished 20-12 but opted not to participate in the postseason after being eliminated from its conference tournament.
Webb was the 2014-15 Mountain West Newcomer of the Year after spending his freshman season at North Idaho College. Despite averaging 11.2 points per game, Webb was arguably Boise State's best player in his redshirt-sophomore year, shooting 55.2 percent from the floor and nearly 41 percent from three-point range.
His three-point percentage took a drop this past season—he shot nearly 25 percent while averaging less than one make per game—but he still shot 49.4 percent from the floor to lead a balanced Boise State scoring attack.
Webb scored 20 points or more 10 times while at Boise State and scored a career-high 31 points on Dec. 20 against Bradley.
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"I talked to family, friends and the people who have been close to me through this whole process and decided this was the best step for me," Webb said in a statement, per Michael Katz of the Times-News in Idaho.
Webb will have 10 days after the completion of the NBA Draft Combine (concluding on May 15) to decide whether he wants to go pro this summer.
"This new rule is meant for people like me to test the waters," Webb said in his statement. "I feel good about myself, where I stand and how much I can still progress."
Webb is currently the No. 83 DraftExpress prospect, so he wouldn't be drafted if the draft were today, according to that projection. However, there's a lot to like about him. He's a tenacious rebounder and athletic for his size (6'9", 202 lbs) and his position. He scores well around the basket and makes a high percentage of his shots.
If he can develop a consistent three-point shot this summer and at the combine, it wouldn't be a shock to see Webb rise up draft boards to a mid-second-round pick or higher.
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