Vanderbilt basketball guard Tyrin Lawrence to test NBA Draft waters, maintain eligibility

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Vanderbilt basketball guard Tyrin Lawrence will test the NBA Draft waters while still maintaining his college eligibility, he announced via social media Monday.

"Thank you to Coach Stackhouse and Vanderbilt University for the opportunity to play in front of Commodore Nation. Thank you for sticking with me through all the ups and downs. I'm forever grateful," Lawrence wrote on Twitter.

"With that being said, it's time for me to pursue my lifelong dream. I will be entering my name in the 2023 NBA Draft while maintaining my collegiate eligibility."

Lawrence averaged 13.1 points per game in 2022-23 while making 50% of his field goals and shooting 36% from 3-point range and 74% from the free-throw line. He added 4.4 rebounds per game and a 61/63 assist/turnover ratio.

Lawrence can now go through the NBA pre-draft process and receive feedback from scouts. After hearing the feedback, Lawrence then has until June 12, 10 days prior to the draft, to make a final decision whether to return to school or remain in the draft.

It's a similar process to what Scotty Pippen Jr. did in 2021 and 2022. The first time, he chose to return to Vanderbilt for his junior season, but the second time, he remained in the draft.

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