NC State shooting guard Terquavion Smith has withdrawn his name from the 2022 NBA Draft, he said in a statement.
“I have to be honest and admit money has never been at the center of my thoughts,” Smith said in his announcement. “My agent explained to me that teams as high as the late teens, through the rest of the first round, all have me ranked as a first-round talent. It’s exciting to hear that. But I told him I have more work to do. I like school and my college in particular.
“Remember, my last two years have been so strange, thanks to the pandemic. I just want one more season to get everything right and just be a college student.”
Smith, 19, is 6-foot-4 and has spent just one season at NC State, averaging 16.3 points and 4.1 rebounds. He played well at the NBA Combine in Chicago last month, but clearly thinks another year in college could improve his draft stock.
“If things go like I expect, I won’t have to go through the combine experience the same way,” he said. “Everyone will see my games and our team all season, we are going to make sure they are seeing something special. The NBA can wait one year, I have more work to do in the ACC first.”