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Davidson’s Jon Axel Gudmundsson, Kellan Grady to test NBA draft

Davidson’s Kellan Grady (31) will enter the NBA draft, although he can withdraw by June 10.
Davidson’s Kellan Grady (31) will enter the NBA draft, although he can withdraw by June 10.

Davidson guards Jon Axel Gudmundsson and Kellan Grady, two of the top players in the Atlantic 10 over the last two seasons, are entering the NBA draft.

Gudmundsson, the A-10’s player of the year last season, announced on Twitter he would hire an agent and enter the draft. Davidson coach Bob McKillop told the Observer that Grady, an all-Atlantic 10 first-team selection as a sophomore last season, will also enter the draft.

Both players have the option of retaining their college eligibility by withdrawing from the draft by June 10. Under new NCAA rules, they can also hire an agent and still return to school.

It’s common these days for college underclassmen to enter the draft — mainly to get a feel for their pro prospects as they work out for NBA teams during the spring — and then withdraw by the deadline.

Gudmundsson, a 6-foot-4 point guard, was among the A-10 leaders in scoring (fourth, 16.9), rebounding (seventh, 7.3) and assists (fifth, 4.8). He tied for the league lead in defensive rebounding (6.6) and was tied for fifth in assist-turnover ratio (2.0), seventh in free-throw percentage (82.6), tied for 13th in steals (1.3), 13th in 3-point percentage (35.3) and fourth in minutes played (36.8).

Grady, a 6-foot-5 swing guard, averaged 17.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists last season. Although he missed four games with a knee injury, Grady led the A-10 in minutes played (37.6 per game). He was named the A-10’s freshman of the year two seasons ago.

Go into the locker room with the Winthrop men's basketball team before its game against Davidson College on Dec. 4, 2018, with this 360 video of coach Pat Kelsey's pregame speech.

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