Franks declares for NBA



Then-junior forward Robert Franks Jr. looks for an open pass during the game against Utah on Feb. 17 at Beasley Coliseum. Franks and freshman forward CJ Elleby combined for 35 of WSU’s 63 points against New Mexico State on Saturday.

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen reporter

WSU junior forward Robert Franks announced Monday over Twitter that he would declare for the 2018 NBA draft.

Franks is not officially gone from WSU, however. He has held off from signing with an agent in order to maintain his NCAA eligibility. This will give Franks the opportunity to showcase his skills at the NBA combine if he is invited.

Franks will have until June 11 to decide whether he will return for his senior season or enter the 2018 draft.

“I’ve grown a lot in my three years at WSU,” Franks said in a WSU news release. “I’m excited at the thought of playing at the next level and want to test out the process and see what opportunities lay ahead for me. I’m not going to hire an agent just yet, I want to get some feedback and see what I can potentially do.”

Franks is coming off a career season where he nearly tripled his scoring total from his sophomore year and took home the Pac-12’s Most Improved Player of the Year award.

He even set the school single-game record for made three-pointers with 10 against University of California on Jan. 13 this season.

If Franks is selected to the NBA, he will be Head Coach Ernie Kent’s first player from WSU to be drafted and the first Cougar since Klay Thompson in 2011.