Tyrin Lawrence declares for 2023 NBA Draft, will maintain college eligibility

Vanderbilt’s star junior announced his intention to pursue the NBA Draft, but will maintain his college eligibility.


Ophelia Lu

Tyrin Lawrence throws down a dunk against Mississippi State, as photographed on March 4th, 2023 (Hustler Multimedia/Ophelia Lu).

Bryce Smith, Sports Editor

Vanderbilt’s star junior Tyrin Lawrence has declared for the 2023 NBA Draft, he announced via Twitter on Monday morning. Lawrence will maintain his college eligibility by not signing with an agent during the pre-draft process, exactly like Scotty Pippen Jr. did in 2021.

A former four-star recruit out of high school, Lawrence was Vanderbilt’s most improved player in 2022-23. The junior wing jumped from 3.8 points per game last season to 13.1 points per game this year on more efficient shooting from the field and a 16-point uptick in three-point percentage.

The Monticello, Georgia native became the fourth potential defection from the Commodores roster this offseason, after Myles Stute, Malik Dia and Noah Shelby all announced that they would be entering the transfer portal.

Lawrence has until June 12 to withdraw his name from the NBA Draft and return to college. The transfer portal window for men’s basketball closes on May 11.