Syracuse guard Joe Girard announced that he will declare for the 2023 NBA Draft on Twitter. Along with entering the NBA Draft. He will maintain his eligibility and, per On3’s Jamie Shaw, entered the transfer portal on Friday.
Joe Girard averaged 16.4 points per game this season. However, with head coach Jim Boeheim retiring, it would appear that Girard is looking to move on as well. Whether that is in the NBA or with another college team remains to be seen. In his post, Girard expressed his gratitude toward Boeheim and Syracuse fans for shaping him into the person he is today.
Having played four seasons at Syracuse, Joe Girard still has eligibility due to the COVID-19 season that didn’t count against eligibility.
To keep up with the latest players on the move, check out On3’s Transfer Portal wire.
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.