Missouri State forward Alize Johnson announced Friday he will declare for the NBA Draft, however he will maintain his college eligibility by not hiring an agent.

“I have every intention of returning to Missouri State for my senior year,” Johnson said. “This process will allow me to gain some valuable information which will help me improve as a basketball player.”

Although Johnson is not projected to be drafted in June, he can work out with pro squads through the end of April, attend the NBA Draft Combine in May and get an idea of where he fits in the league.

MSU head coach Paul Lusk noted today’s decision by Johnson can certainly be a positive for the program.

“Headed into his senior year, this should give Alize some feedback from NBA personnel, which we have been gathering since the end of the season,” Lusk explained. “He’s definitely on their radar, and they are very interested in coming to see him and how he progresses next year. From our program’s perspective, it’s a positive thing when NBA personnel have an interest in one of our players.”

Last season, the Williamsport native earned MVC Newcomer of the Year, All-MVC first-team and NABC All-District honors while also being named to the MVC All-Tournament Team. He was a two-time Valley Player of the Week and six-time Valley Newcomer of the Week in 2016-17.

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