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Hofstra’s Justin Wright-Foreman to test the NBA Draft waters

The junior guard, who was fifth in the nation in scoring, has not signed with an agent and must make a decision whether to return to Hofstra by May 30.

Hofstra Pride guard Justin Wright-Foreman (3) sizes up

Hofstra Pride guard Justin Wright-Foreman (3) sizes up Towson Tigers guard Jeffrey Prophete (5) on Feb. 24, 2018. Photo Credit: Lee S. Weissman

Hofstra junior guard Justin Wright-Foreman wants to see if his breakout season is enough to earn a spot in the NBA Draft on June 21 at Barclays Center.

The process, commonly known as “testing the waters,’’ allows players who don’t sign with agents to attend combines and pro workouts. The players must decide by May 30 if they want to enter the draft or return to their college teams. The NBA Draft consists of two rounds.

Wright-Foreman, a 6-foot shooting guard from Queens, was named the Colonial Athletic Association player of the year. He averaged 24.4 points — fifth highest in Division I — 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. He is the first Hofstra player to average 20 or more points a game since senior Charles Jenkins in the 2010-11 season. Jenkins was selected by the Warriors in the second round of the 2011 draft. Current Hofstra assistant coach Speedy Claxton, who completed his senior year, was a first-round pick of the 76ers in 2000.

Wright-Foreman said he consulted with his family and Hof stra coach Joe Mihalich. “It reminds everybody how good the kid is. It could be a good experience for him,’’ Mihalich said Thursday. “He’s going to find out where he stands.’’

Wright-Foreman said, “Obviously, this was one of my better years at school. I figured being player of the year, and [being fifth] in the nation in scoring, just how much I improved. I figured I would just test it out and see where I’m at. I’m not signing with an agent. I know that I’m probably going to be able to work out for some teams.’’

Wright-Foreman said he will happily return to Hof stra if the NBA situation is not right. “If I come back to school,’’ he said, “I’m going to be a better player than I was by receiving feedback from all the NBA teams that have tried to bring me into the workout. That’s my main goal now: to try to get better and just enjoy this process while I’m going through it.’’

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