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Feb 1, 2022; Auburn, AL, USA; Wendell Green Jr. (1) reacts after the game between Auburn and Alabama at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jacob Taylor/AU Athletics

Wendell Green Jr. to test NBA Draft waters

AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) -- Less than a week after Yohan Traore and Chance Westry entered their names into the transfer portal, veteran guard Wendell Green Jr. announced via his social media that he will be forgoing the remainder of his eligibility and entering his name into the 2023 NBA Draft.

“Thank you,” Green posted in a graphic on his social media accounts. “It has been a great honor to play for Auburn University for the past few seasons. Thank you to the coaching and training staff for your guidance, advice and leadership. I would also like to thank my teammates and everyone who has played a role in helping me get to where I am today. I would like to announce that I will be starting my professional career and declaring for the 2023 NBA Draft.”

Green started in all 34 games for the Tigers in the 2022-23 season, averaging 13.7 points and 4.1 assists a game.

The small guard ended the season as Auburn's second-leading scorer earning second-team All-SEC honors in the process.

Auburn is still waiting on the decisions of a trio of seniors who have a remaining year of eligibility -- Allen Flanigan, Jaylin Williams and Stretch Akingbola. With the departure of Traore, Westry and graduating senior Zep Jasper there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of Auburn's program.

If all three seniors return Bruce Pearl will have four scholarships to play with, with the possibility of having seven scholarship positions needing to be filled by the fall. 

Since Green is technically an underclassman, he has until 11:59 p.m. on May 31 to withdraw his name from the NBA Draft pool and retain his college eligibility.