CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - University of Cincinnati junior guard Jarron Cumberland will submit his name for consideration in the 2019 NBA Draft.
New NCAA rules allow Cumberland to sign with an NCAA-certified agent and gain feedback while maintaining the opportunity to return to Cincinnati for his senior campaign. Cumberland has until May 29 to decide whether to remain in the draft or return to school.
“To start, I’d like to say thank you,” Cumberland said. “To my family: I wouldn’t be where I am today without your love and support. To my teammates: you truly are my brothers. You have pushed me every day to be the player I am today. And to the fans: coming to Cincinnati was easily the best decision that I’ve ever made. This has been an amazing three years and I will always represent Cincinnati. For now, I’ve decided to test the waters and see where I stand in the NBA draft process.”
Cumberland enjoyed a standout junior season, earning Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America honors and American Athletic Conference Player of the Year and American Tournament Most Outstanding Player accolades. The unanimous first team All-AAC pick averaged 18.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists for the season, scoring 20 or more points in 17 games. He tallied 657 points in 2018-19, the 10th-most in a single season in school history to climb to 20th place on the all-time scoring chart with 1,363 points.
“Since becoming the head coach at the University of Cincinnati I’ve had multiple conversations with Jarron and his family about his desire to play in the NBA,” UC head coach John Brannen said. “This is the first step toward that goal. I fully support Jarron’s decision and look forward to assisting him with this process any way that I can.”
Cumberland finished the season listed among the league leaders in eight categories, including points, assists, three-point shooting percentage, three-pointers made, free throw shooting percentage, assist-to-turnover ratio and minutes played. Cumberland has helped guide Cincinnati to an 88-18 record in games he has played.
[Release per University of Cincinnati Athletic Communications]