Tulio Da Silva declares for NBA Draft, keeps return to MSU open


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Missouri State Men’s Basketball standout and Missouri Valley Newcomer of the Year Tulio Da Silva will enter the 2019 NBA Draft, the school announced Friday.

While his draft prospects are not bright, declaring allows him to work out with pro squads through April and attend the NBA Combine in May.

He also keeps a return to Missouri State open because he will choose not to sign with an agent. 

“After spending some time talking to my family and Coach (Dana) Ford, I would like to announce I am declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft,” Da Silva said in a statement released by the school. “While being evaluated during this process and pursuing my future NBA dreams, I will maintain my NCAA eligibility. Thank you for joining me on this journey!”

“In order to gain feedback from NBA personnel, players are requited to submit the necessary paperwork to request an evaluation,” Missouri State Head Coach Dana Ford said. “Tulio plans to go through this process to better evaluate his future and make it possible for him to return for his senior season.”

Da Silva led the Bears in scoring and rebounding this season with 14.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. 

Those numbers helped the transfer from USF earn All-MVC first-team honors along with MVC All-Newcomer Team.

The NBA Draft is set for June 20th.

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