As has been expected for quite some time, Villanova Wildcats wing Saddiq Bey is going to remain in the NBA Draft and forego his remaining eligibility on the Main Line. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news early this morning.
Bey is considered one of the safest picks in a weak draft and borderline lottery talent by most scouts, so the decision comes as no surprise at all. He’s going to get a nice payday and hopefully remain in the NBA for a long time after a standout sophomore season on the Main Line.
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Bey is considered a big-time 3-and-D talent at the next level after a season that shot him shoot 45% from deep on a big shot volume, and his defensive work against a multitude of players has drawn great reviews from scouts.
Great ESPN Film Session with Villanova forward Saddiq Bey. Versatile at 6-8 with the ability to play 1-4 for stretches. One of the draft’s most NBA-ready prospects given his productivity & winning impact at Villanova. From 5-8 as a high school freshman to potential lottery pick. pic.twitter.com/JrhmxmiWCs— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) June 9, 2020
Bey’s departure leaves a big hole on the wing for ‘Nova, but they have plenty of players ready to step in and help on what should remain a preseason Top-5 team. Brandon Slater and Cole Swider appear ready for an increased role as upperclassmen and Caleb Daniels and Eric Dixon are both eligible after sitting out last season. Jay Wright won’t be short of options.
Best wishes and good luck to Saddiq at the NBA Draft this Fall!