Indiana guard Jalen Hood-Schifino plans to enter the 2023 NBA Draft

Nick Schultz03/31/23
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Indiana guard Jalen Hood-Schifino
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Indiana guard Jalen Hood-Schifino has plans to enter the 2023 NBA Draft, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The former highly touted recruit put together a solid freshman season this past year.

Hood-Schifino played a key role for Indiana in 2022-23, averaging 13.5 points and 3.7 assists per game — both of which ranked second behind All-American Trayce Jackson-Davis. He also shot 41.7% from the field and 33% from three-point territory. His biggest game of the year came against in-state rival Purdue when he dropped a career-high 35 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead Indiana to the upset victory at Mackey Arena Feb. 25.

For his efforts, Hood-Schifino was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year while earning second team All-Big Ten honors from the media and becoming a third team All-Big Ten selection by the league’s coaches.

Hood-Schifino arrived in Bloomington with plenty of hype on the recruiting trail. He played high school basketball at Monteverde Academy (Fla.), where he was a four-star recruit and the No. 25 overall prospect from the 2022 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, an equally weighed average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.

More on the 2023 NBA Draft

The 2023 NBA Draft is set to take place on Thursday, June 22, 2023, in Brooklyn at Barclays Center. Round 1 of the draft will be announced by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, while Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum is expected to handle the second round of picks.

To be eligible for the NBA Draft, players must be at least 19 years in age during the calendar year that the draft is held and at least one NBA season from their high school graduation date, or the date that would have been if they are not graduated. It is not required that player spend that one year playing college basketball, though. Players can play in either college, abroad, or the G League Ignite if they choose so.

While this is a significant change from what the rules once were, players are eligible to enter their names into the NBA Draft pool and explore their options by hiring an agent to go through the process, while still keeping their college eligibility. The deadline to make that move is on April 23 beginning at 11:59 p.m. ET. Players have until June 12 at 5 p.m. ET to withdraw their name from the pool and return to college.

The NBA Draft Lottery will be held on May 16, which is also the start of the NBA Conference Finals.