Initially, Oklahoma Sooners forward, Khadeem Lattin, entered his name into the 2017 NBA Draft. However, the junior did not sign with an agent leaving the option of returning for a senior season on the table. Although the deadline for a decision remains May 24th, Lattin has withdrawn from the draft and will complete a senior season at Oklahoma.
Knowing there are only two rounds, the reality of being drafted by an NBA Franchise is extremely slim. Could it be that Lattin simply wanted to test the waters? Or could it be that the forward did not receive a draftable grading? At this point, fans may never know but the decision to return adds much needed experience in the paint.
Starting 31 games, the rangy defender logged 8.4 points to go alongside 6.3 rebound and 1.2 blocks per game. Lattin’s presence and ability to protect the rim provide Oklahoma with a much needed athletic big man.
The other side of the equation is this: the Sooners finished the season sporting an 11-20 overall record which could lead players to bolt from the university. But, with current crop of talent on the roster and the addition of Trae Young, there’s plenty of potential to build upon. Did Lattin want to be a part of the excitement heading into to 2017-18?