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Weber State's Jerrick Harding (10) drives through Portland State's Jamie Orme (13) on his way to the bucket during a game Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at the Dee Events Center in Ogden.

OGDEN — Taking advantage of rules that allow underclassmen to enter the NBA Draft but later return to school if desired, Weber State junior guard Jerrick Harding announced his decision to enter the draft Wednesday morning on Twitter.

“I’ve decided to test the waters of the NBA draft,” Harding wrote. “I will enter with the intent to hire an agent, but I want to keep my college eligibility.”

Underclassmen have been able to enter the draft process and later withdraw for several years, but recent changes extend the window of opportunity before prospects must remove themselves from the draft to return to school.

New this year, players can hire agents to help them find and coordinate workouts with NBA teams and still be eligible to return to school, provided that they cut ties with the agent at that time.

WSU head coach Randy Rahe told the Standard-Examiner that Harding has his and the team’s “full support” in entering the draft, saying it’s a “win-win” for both Harding and the school for him to seek professional evaluation and know what NBA scouts have to say about his game.

In recent offseasons around the Big Sky Conference, Idaho guard Vic Sanders, Montana guard Ahmaad Rorie and Montana State guard Tyler Hall each entered the draft, sought workouts with teams and returned to school for their senior seasons.

Harding had until April 21 to enter the draft and will have until May 29 to pull out of the draft if he desires to return to Weber State.

Harding averaged 21.4 points per game as a junior and, at 1,621 career points, sits at fifth all-time at the school, well within striking distance to overtake Jeremy Senglin (2,078) for the school’s scoring crown.

Harding is poised with Cody John to lead the Wildcats as the program’s seniors in the 2019-20 season, along with walk-on forward Brenden Morris.

Contact Brett Hein at bhein@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter @bhein3/@WeberHQ and at facebook.com/WeberStateSports.

Brett Hein is the sports editor and covers Weber State sports for the Standard-Examiner.

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