6-foot-10 Wake Forest wing Bobi Klintman is declaring for the 2023 NBA Draft while maintaining his eligibility, he told @TheAthletic.— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) April 6, 2023
Here’s why he’s the most interesting declaration in 2023. He’s at the nexus of front office interests in 2023 and 2024:https://t.co/c0lAOSiaQC pic.twitter.com/FvGcGcdTNO
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as pretty much every college player who has the potential to play at the next level will—at some point—declare for the draft and go through the process of being evaluated by the NBA scouts. Despite averaging just 5.3 points and 4.5 rebounds this season, I think most people can clearly see that Klintman has a massive amount of potential and the body type to really make a splash in the NBA. A 6-10 wing that can handle the ball, defend 1-4, and shot 36% from the 3-point line as a true freshman is definitely going to get a lot of attention from NBA GMs.
"Bobi Klintman is a stud. He is going to have one heck of a college career."— Essex Thayer (@essexthayer7) March 9, 2023
- Miami HC Jim Larrañaga
The good news is that Klintman retains his eligibility and could return to Wake next season to continue his collegiate career. The bad news for Wake fans is that Klintman very easily could shoot up the draft boards—much like Jake LaRavia did last season. In that case, there is a chance that the Swedish forward has already played his last game for the Deacs. That would be a major setback for the program next season, as Klintman was really coming into his own down the stretch, averaging 9.6 points and 9.8 rebounds over the final 5 games of the season.
Whatever his final decision is, good luck to Klintman in next couple of months and Go Deacs!