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Day’Ron Sharpe stays in NBA Draft but reportedly out of combine

Feb 20, 2021; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA;  North Carolina Tar Heels forward Day'Ron Sharpe (11) scores as Louisville Cardinals guard Charles Minlend (21) defends in the second half at Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 20, 2021; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Day’Ron Sharpe (11) scores as Louisville Cardinals guard Charles Minlend (21) defends in the second half at Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Day’Ron Sharpe, a 6-11 forward who played one season at North Carolina, reportedly withdrew from this week’s NBA Draft Combine but is not returning to the Tar Heels.

Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday that Sharpe pulled out of team interviews and did not have his measurements taken at the combine in Chicago. He signed a representation agreement last week with CAA Sports Basketball Division as part of its 2021 NBA Draft class.

Sharpe declared for the draft on March 24 after the Tar Heels were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.

“I feel that I’m now ready for the next level,” Sharpe posted on social media, in part. “I’ve made it this far and there’s no reason for me to stop now! … I will be declaring for the NBA Draft with high hopes for the support of my Carolina Family.”

Sports Illustrated’s latest mock draft, done following Tuesday night’s draft lottery, predicts Sharpe as the No. 27 overall selection by the Brooklyn Nets.

Sharpe averaged 9.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 19.2 minutes per game in 29 contests (four starts) for the Tar Heels. He was the team’s fourth-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder.

Sharpe was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team after shooting 51.9 percent from the floor. He finished second in ACC Freshman of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year voting.

–Field Level Media