VCU forward Marcus Santos-Silva, who played with the Taunton boys basketball team for one season, announced on social media on Friday night that he is declaring for the NBA Draft, while keeping his NCAA eligibility.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the NBA and that’s why I’ll be putting my name into the 2020 NBA Draft while maintaining my eligibility,” Santos-Silva said in the post. “I feel like it’s a perfect time for me to put my name in so I can get the feedback that I need to make a final decision. I am excited to take the next step in my career.”
Coming off a successful junior season in which he led the Rams in points (12.8), rebounds (8.9), and blocks (1.3), the 6’7″ Taunton-native was named tot he All-District Second Team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). He had 10 double-doubles and notched a career-high 34 steals, earning Atlantic 10 All-Academic Honors.
Santos-Silva played for Charlie Dacey at Taunton as a sophomore during the 2013-2014 season, helping the Tigers post a 13-3 league record for second place in the Kelley-Rex division. Taunton went 17-5 overall, falling to Brookline in double-overtime in the opening round of the state tournament. He went on to play for Bridgewater-Raynham as a junior before transferring to Vermont Academy.
NCAA rules allow players to declare for the NBA Draft while still maintaining eligibility. According to the NCAA, “College basketball players who request an Undergraduate Advisory Committee evaluation, participate in the NBA combine and aren’t drafted can return to school as long as they notify their athletics director of their intent by 5 p.m. the Monday after the draft.” Santos-Silva can also withdraw prior to the draft and return to VCU for his senior season.
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