Xavier Sneed will test the professional basketball waters before deciding whether to return to Kansas State as a senior.
Sneed, a 6-foot-5 junior swingman, has declared for the NBA draft as an early entrant, according to a K-State basketball official.
Odds are good Sneed will ultimately return to the Wildcats for his final year of college basketball, but he wants to receive feedback from NBA scouts and experience pro workouts before making a final decision.
This is the third straight year a K-State basketball player has submitted his name for the NBA draft early. Kamau Stokes (2017) and Barry Brown (2018) both went through the evaluation process before returning to school the past two years.
Sneed will have the support of K-State basketball coach Bruce Weber along the way. Weber has previously said he expected Sneed to declare for the NBA draft.
“I’m sure he will, just to try and get some workouts,” Weber said earlier this month at the team’s banquet. “I think that is the biggest thing for him, a lot like Barry (Brown). I thought Barry handled it well last year. He got a couple workouts, and it was a positive thing for him.”
Sneed averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds last season while helping the Wildcats win 25 games and share the Big 12 championship with Texas Tech.
He is not currently projected as a 2019 draft pick but is thought to be a potential selection next year. Sneed took his time to decide whether to declare for the draft, as the deadline to do so was Sunday. He chose not to make an announcement on social media.
If he returns to K-State as a senior, Sneed will be the unquestioned leader of the team. During his time in Manhattan, he has mostly operated in the shadows of Brown, Stokes and Dean Wade. But he figures to be the Wildcats’ go-to guy next year.
Sneed will have until May 29 to withdraw his name from the NBA draft and return to K-State.