CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following a tremendous season, junior guard Bryce Aiken has announced his intention add his name for consideration for the 2019 NBA Draft.
"I am excited for the opportunity to see where I stand in this process the NBA has created," said Aiken. "My goal has always been to be a Harvard graduate and an NBA player"
Aiken was a unanimous first team All-Ivy League selection in 2019, as well as a USBWA All-District first team and NABC All-Region second team honoree. Earlier on Thursday, Aiken was added to the Lou Henson All-America team; and in 2017, Aiken was the Ivy League Rookie of the year, and he became just the second freshman in Ivy League history to be a first team All-Ivy choice.
"It is a wise decision for any elite player to utilize the new rules and resources afforded in this process," said Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball. "I fully support Bryce and commend him and his family for making this informed decision."
The Randolph, New Jersey native averaged 22.2 points per game this season, which is the third highest mark in program history, together with 2.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per night. Aiken put together four of the top-17 single-game scoring marks in program history, including 44 against Columbia Feb. 8, which is the second-highest tally, and 38 against Yale March 17, which ranks sixth. The Crimson captured its seventh Ivy League title in nine years in 2018-19, including its second in-a-row, and reached the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.
Two Harvard alumni have played in the NBA, while 10 players have been drafted in program history. The Crimson has one active alumnus currently in the NBA, as Jeremy Lin '10 plays for the Toronto Raptors. Lin holds career averages of 11.7 points, 4.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game across 477 appearances. Ed Smith '51 made 12 appearances for the New York Knicks in 1953-54.
Student-athletes may declare for the draft without losing collegiate eligibility, as long as they withdraw before May 29.