UVM junior guard Stef Smith declares for 2020 NBA Draft

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Another University of Vermont underclassman has declared for the NBA Draft.

Junior guard Stef Smith has submitted his name as an early entrant for this summer’s NBA draft, the school announced Monday. The Toronto, Ontario native is the third Catamount to do so in four seasons.

Smith’s teammate, senior forward Anthony Lamb, also declared for the draft a year ago before withdrawing his name from consideration. Trae Bell-Haynes did so as a junior in 2017.

“Stef Smith has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft as an early entrant and will not sign with an agent. He will retain his final year of college eligibility,” UVM stated in a news release.

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Smith and the other underclassmen exploring their options in the coming weeks will have until 5 p.m. on June 15 to withdraw and keep their NCAA eligibility. The draft is scheduled — for now — to take place on June 25. Smith was not made available for comment. 

Smith started 32 of 33 games for UVM this past winter. He earned an America East first-team all-conference nod for his efforts as Vermont claimed the league title for the third time in four seasons in unprecedented fashion due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Catamounts’ backcourt star was second on the team with 14. points per game, had team-highs in assists and steals, and led America East in 3-point percentage (42.3%).

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Contact Austin Danforth at 651-4851 or edanforth@freepressmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @eadanforth.

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