Billikens’ French and Goodwin will enter NBA Draft but may return

Hasahn French (11) and Jordan Goodwin (0) both announced Tuesday that they will enter the NBA Draft but will maintain their NCAA eligibility.
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Both of the Saint Louis Billikens‘ three-year starters announced Tuesday night that they will go through the NBA’s pre-draft process.

Guard Jordan Goodwin and center Hasahn French revealed on social media that they will enter the 2020 NBA Draft pool but will maintain their NCAA eligibility throughout the process and could return for their senior seasons:

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Goodwin, a native of Centreville, Illinois who attended Althoff Catholic High School, averaged 15.5 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists over 31 games as a junior. French, a junior from Middletown, New York, had 12.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.6 blocks per game over 30 contests. Both players were named to the Atlantic 10’s All-Defensive team, with Goodwin being named first-team all-conference and French making the second team.

“I am very proud of Hasahn and Jordan and fully support their decision,” SLU head coach Travis Ford said. “Since the moment I started recruiting them, I knew it was their dream to play in the NBA. They have worked extremely hard in their three years to get to this point, and they are now rewarded with a great opportunity to see where they stand. They remain great leaders of Team Blue, and we will continue to aid and support them in every step throughout this process.”

NCAA legislation allows student-athletes with eligibility remaining to “test the waters” to pursue a professional career without losing their eligibility, so should French and Goodwin withdraw their names from the NBA Draft by June 3, they can return to SLU for their senior seasons in 2020-21.