Auburn freshman Sharife Cooper will declare for the 2021 NBA draft and forgo his remaining college eligibility by hiring an agent, he told ESPN.
"This season was a roller coaster filled with many ups and some downs," Cooper said. "But I wouldn't trade it for anything, even through the bad times I enjoyed every second at Auburn."
Cooper, the No. 17 prospect in the ESPN 100, was named to the SEC's All-Rookie team after averaging 20.2 points and 8.1 assists per game.
He is considered one of the top point guard prospects in the 2021 draft class thanks to his ability to create offense for himself or teammates. He was one of only two freshmen in the past 30 years of college basketball, along with Oklahoma's Trae Young, to average over 20 points and 8 assists per game.
Cooper is intriguing to NBA teams due to his sharp ballhandling skills and his ability to get anywhere he wants on the court with a blazingly fast first step. He accelerates and decelerates past defenders effortlessly, while possessing the vision and creativity to find teammates on the move.