Michigan State forward Aaron Henry recently announced that he was declaring for the NBA Draft earlier in the week.
Michigan State sophomore Aaron Henry has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft, a source told ESPN. Henry will maintain his NCAA eligibility while testing the waters for now.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) April 27, 2020
The sophomore will not sign an agent so he’ll maintain his eligibility if he chooses to return. With the new draft rules in place it incentivizes players declaring as they can test the process and receive feedback directly from NBA teams so that they know what areas to focus on when developing their game for a potential professional career.
Henry had a more prominent role this season with the Spartans, averaging 10.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game in his first full season as a starter (he started 22 of 39 games his freshman season). Henry shot 44.1% from the field, 34.4% from three and 70.3% from the charity stripe. The wing has the size and athleticism required for the NBA, but has struggled with consistency throughout his first two seasons.
He joins forward Xavier Tillman as the second Spartan to test the NBA waters. While the jury is currently out on if Tillman will return, it seems likely that Henry will return for his junior season next fall. Both players will have until June 3 to withdraw from the draft if they chose to return to campus.