RALEIGH, N.C. – Junior Amir Hinton of the Shaw University men's basketball team has officially announced to ESPN that he will declare for the 2019 National Basketball Association (NBA) draft Thursday afternoon.
The Philadelphia, Pa. native, who is hoping to become the first Division II player to be drafted since 2005, is currently projected 49th in the ESPN Top 100. Hinton's season ended Saturday (Mar. 2) when the Bears lost to Virginia State in the CIAA tournament championship game. He had 34 points, five rebounds, three assists and five steals, playing in front of 12 credentialed NBA scouts, according to head coach Joel Hopkins.
Hinton led Division II in scoring, posting 29.4 points per game during 2018-19 season where he also captured the 2019 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Player of the Year while making First-Team All-CIAA, All-Tournament Team and leading the Bears (17-13) to its third consecutive division title and runner-up finish in the conference championship.
The last men's basketball player to be draft in the NBA from Shaw was Ronald "Flip" Murray in 2002 as the 42nd pick by the Milwaukee Bucks. Murray also played for Hopkins at Shaw.
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