UVA's Reece Beekman to test NBA Draft waters, while keeping door open for return
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Virginia guard Reece Beekman will test the NBA Draft waters this offseason, while keeping the door open for a return to Charlottesville.
Beekman officially declared for the 2023 NBA Draft announcing the decision via Instagram, but will maintain his college eligibility. The deadline for players to withdraw from the draft and return to school is on May 31 at 11:59 p.m.
"I want to thank Coach Bennett, Coach O and all of the UVA coaches and staff for believing in me and allowing me to play at Virginia for the last three years," Beekman said on Instagram, "Thanks to all of the fans, the Charlottesville community and my teammates for all the memories that I will never forget. With the support of my family, I will be declaring for the NBA draft while keeping my college eligibility."
In recent mock drafts, some sites have Beekman rated as a second round prospect.
Beekman finished his junior year with career-highs in points (9.5), assists (5.3) and shot 35.1 percent from three. The Milwaukee native became the fifth player in UVA history to win ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors, while also garnering third team All-ACC honors.