Another day, another potential loss to the University of Cincinnati basketball program.
Star Jarron Cumberland announced on Saturday that he would “test the water” in the NBA draft.
In a message on Twitter, Cumberland thanked his teammates, family and Bearcats Nation for “an amazing 3 years and I will always represent Cincinnati. Right now I’ve decided to test the water and see where I am at in the NBA drafting process. “
Cumberland’s announcement comes the day after budding senior Nysier Brooks entered the transfer portal.
Cumberland, a 6-foot-5 guard, averaged 19.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game for the Bearcats last year, and was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
New UC coach John Brannen said this in a statement:
“Since becoming the head coach at the University of Cincinnati, I’ve had several conversations with Jarron and his family about his desire to play in the NBA. This is the first step towards that goal. I fully support Jarron’s decision and look forward to assisting him in any way I can through this process. “
Cumberland is allowed to return to UC. The NBA draft is limited to two rounds. Cumberland is not listed in most of the draft certificates. In fact, ESPN doesn’t rank him in the top 100 prospects.
Brooks can return like Cumberland.
If both were to go, Brannen would lose three starters. Guard Justin Jenifer exhausted his authority, as did the sixth man Cane Broome.