Patrick Baldwin Jr. to enter, 'focused' on remaining in NBA Draft

Patrick Baldwin Jr. to enter, ‘focused’ on remaining in NBA Draft

Train five-star recruit Patrick Baldwin Jr. will enter the NCAA Transfer Portal, his agency told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. Baldwin Jr. entered the 2022 NBA Draft after a disappointing freshman season at Milwaukee but has retained his eligibility and could withdraw if he chooses. Milwaukee fired Pat Baldwin, the Baldwin Jr.’s father, following a 10-22 campaign during which Baldwin Jr. played in only 11 games due to injury.

“Baldwin has declared for the NBA draft and is fully committed to staying in the draft, his agency Priority Sports told ESPN,” Givony wrote on Twitter. “Baldwin entered the season a projected top-10 pick.”

At a listed 6-foot-9, 220 pounds with the skill level of many guards, Baldwin Jr. figured to dominate the Horizon League under his father as a freshman after choosing the Panthers over Duke and others. But Baldwin Jr. shot just 34.4% from the field and 26.6% from 3-point range en route to season averages of 12.1 points per game, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Baldwin Jr. ranked as the No. 8 player in the 2021 class according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite and held offers from Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan, Virginia and others. The former McDonald’s All-American figures to be a hotly pursued player in the transfer portal if he withdraws from the draft.

Currently, ESPN ranks Baldwin Jr. as the No. 31 prospect in the 2022 NBA Draft. Baldwin Jr. has until June 13 to withdraw from the draft and will almost assuredly be invited to the NBA Combine, which takes place from May 16-22 in Chicago.

Baldwin Jr. could opt to play five-on-five at the combine in order to show that his lack of efficiency at Milwaukee was a product of injuries. Former 247Sports national basketball analyst Brian Snow wrote the following scouting report on Baldwin Jr. coming out of high school.

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“Has great length and an excellent frame to add weight. At 6-foot-8, can play either forward spot and he has the ability to be a weapon from beyond the arc. There aren’t many prospects who have the combination of skill , basketball IQ, size, and athleticism. Has gotten significantly better off the dribble, and it is easy to see why he is one of the premier prospects in the class of 2021. From an NBA prospect he has not only significant 3 and D potential as a forward, but his athleticism is getting better – which could mean future star status if everything continues to come together. Add in that he is a son of a coach who has been around the game his whole life, and Baldwin checks nearly every box you could want out of a prospect. Looks like he will develop into an NBA lottery pick.”

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