The outlook for Mike Hopkins second season with the Washington Huskies has been upgraded from good to great due to Matisse Thybulle’s announcement that he will to the Huskies for his senior year and forgo the upcoming NBA draft.
The reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the year set the Huskies single-season record for steals with 101. That number ranks Thybulle second on the Pac-12 single-season mark. Thybulle has 205 career steals which is the most in Husky history and his 103 career blocks are sixth best in Husky history.
The 6-foot-5 guard was a projected second-round pick according to most NBA draft analysts. According to the Seattle Times, Thybulle spoke with Mike Hopkins then made his decision to stay in school.
“I talked to Coach (Mike Hopkins) and he gave me some good advice that was honestly something that helped in the grand scheme of things,” Thybulle said. “He told me that if I do it (enter the draft), then I should be all in because that’s what I’m going to be up against is a whole bunch of guys fighting for their lives. He thought it would be a better idea for me to stay in school until I’m at that point.”
The early-entry deadline for the 2018 NBA draft passed Sunday night with as many as (35) non-seniors declaring for the draft. They have until June 11 to with from the draft and return to college.
With Thybulle in the fold, Hopkins has one of two players who has announced their intentions to join the NBA draft. Junior forward Noah Dickerson is the second player to declare his intentions to enter the draft without hiring an agent. By not hiring an agent Dickerson can work out for NBA teams beginning April 24th and is eligible to be invited to the NBA Draft combine in Chicago May16-20 The deadline to withdraw from the NBA draft while maintaining NCAA eligibility is May 30.