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Tyler Dorsey will declare for NBA Draft but won't hire an agent

Before you freak out, the "won't hire an agent" part is important.

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Dorsey had a great first season with Oregon this year, averaging 13.4 points per game to help the Ducks reach their first Elite Eight in nearly a decade. Now, Dorsey will test the waters at the next level.

Over the weekend, Dorsey told ESPN that he would be declaring for the NBA Draft, but won't hire an agent. The latter part of this is important, because it means that Dorsey can still return to college even after declaring for the draft. A new rule was passed allowing players to withdraw their name by May 25 and return to school as long as they don't hire an agent. This year's combine will be held May 10-15 in Chicago.

Essentially, this allows Dorsey to go work out for a team, get an evaluation of where he could land in the NBA Draft and then make a decision if he should turn pro or return to school. It also means that a player "declaring for the draft" actually means very little for the time being. As a matter of fact, Kentucky's entire team (even the walk-ons) have declared for the draft. However, players still have to be invited to the combine. Those invitations are expected to go out sometime in early May.

Dorsey is ranked No. 175 on Chad Ford's (ESPN) prospect rankings. With there being only 60 picks in the draft, the chances of Dorsey turning pro are about as likely as Lloyd Christmas getting together with Mary Swanson.