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Tyler Hall

The Bobcats' Tyler Hall declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday, but he has not hired an agent and can return for his senior year.

DEAN HENDRICKSON, 406mtsports.com file photo

BOZEMAN – Montana State junior Tyler Hall has declared his intention to enter the NBA Draft in June, but will not hire an agent and therefore remains eligible to withdraw from the process and return for his senior season.

Hall said the process offers him the chance to determine his draft status.

“I’m not hiring an agent in any way, shape or form,” he said, “so I’m just seeing where I’m at in this. If I’m secured as a first- or second-round pick, then I’ll make the decision. But right now I’m focusing on getting in there with those (other underclassmen) and seeing where I’m at.”

The Rock Island, Illinois, product scored 17.5 points a game in 2017-18. His 1,861 career points are third in Bobcat history and 10th all-time in the Big Sky Conference. His 86 assists was third-most on the team last season.

The process officially begins April 13 with the NBA early-entry candidate application period. Teams conduct and attend workouts with early-entry players beginning April 24, and the deadline to withdraw from the process and retain NCAA eligibility is May 30.

“I am very excited for Tyler,” MSU coach Brian Fish said. “This allows him and his family to gather information without jeopardizing his career at MSU. This is a process the NCAA allows and we are very excited and supportive of the gathering of information.”

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