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Oni To Explore Professional Basketball Options

Miye Oni (Joe Murphy photo)
Miye Oni (Joe Murphy photo)

2019 Ivy League Player Of Year Has Appeared In NBA Mock Drafts

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Miye Oni, the Ivy League Player of the Year, announced he intends to request an NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee evaluation to help identify his professional basketball options. Oni recently completed his junior season at Yale and led the Bulldogs in scoring and assists for the second straight year.

"My teammates and the coaching staff at Yale have helped take my game to the next level, and I believe that it is the right time for me to explore my options of playing basketball at the professional level," said Oni.

NCAA regulations allow Oni to enter into an agreement with an agent to assist in the process.

The NCAA withdrawal deadline is May 29 at midnight.

Oni, a Northridge, Calif., native, has enjoyed a remarkable career at Yale. He is currently 10th in school history with 1,308 career points, fourth all-time with 174 three-pointers, sixth with 91 blocks and 10th with 287 assists.

"I am extremely happy and excited for Miye," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "He's well deserving of an opportunity to play at the next level."

Oni became the third Bulldog to be named Ivy Player of the Year and finished among the league leaders in virtually every statistical category, including scoring (3rd, 17.1 ppg.), assists (3rd, 3.6 per game), free throw percentage (3rd, .793), assist/turnover ratio (3rd, 1.4), three-point field goals made (5th, 1.9 per game), blocks (t-6th, 1.3 per game) and rebounding (9th, 6.3 rpg.).

In addition, Oni was a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection for the second straight year, was named first team District 13 by the NABC and All-District I by the USBWA.

He scored in double figures in all but two games he appeared in, tallied at least 30 points three times, which was only two shy of the school record, and became only the fifth player at Yale to record back-to-back 30-point games (31 vs. Dartmouth, 35 vs. Princeton).

Oni helped lead Yale to a memorable season. The Bulldogs finished with a 22-8 overall record, won Ivy League regular season and tournament titles and nearly pulled off an upset in the NCAA Tournament before falling 79-74 to third-seeded LSU.

Oni, who has appeared in a number of NBA mock drafts, first began attracting the attention of NBA scouts when he was one of only 21 college players invited to attend the Nike Skills Academy in the summer of 2018.

"One college player who has stood out to NBA guys at the Nike Camp has been Yale's Miye Oni. Guys love his ability to score," Jeff Goodman, then of ESPN, tweeted during the camp.

The last Yale player selected in the NBA draft was Chris Dudley '87, who was taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1987. Dudley went on to enjoy the longest NBA career of any Ivy Leaguer, playing for 16 seasons.

The last Ivy League player selected in the NBA draft was Penn's Jerome Allen, who was taken in the second round by Minnesota in 1995.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity