Former Tennessee basketball forward Olivier Nkamhoua has withdrawn from the NBA Draft, per a report from NBA Draft analyst Jonathan Givony.
Nkamhoua will remain in the transfer portal and look to land with another team ahead of his fifth collegiate season.
Potential landing spots for Nkamhoua include Kansas State, Michigan, Baylor, Memphis, West Virginia and others, according to Givony.
Nkamhoua has played the last four years at the University of Tennessee and consistently started in his final two. In his senior season this past year, Nkamhoua averaged 10.8 points and five rebounds per game.
Although the Finland native was mostly inconsistent throughout the season, he had some remarkably clutch performances for the Vols.
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One of Nkamhoua’s biggest games in his Tennessee career came in the Vols’ Round of 32 victory over Duke. Nkamhoua exploded for 27 points while adding five rebounds in Tennessee’s dominant 65-52 win over the Blue Devils.
Nkamhoua’s other huge game came in Tennessee’s January 28 win over Texas in Thompson-Boling Arena, when the senior led the Vols with 27 points and eight rebounds.
The 6-foot-9 forward entered the portal on March 30 and the NBA draft process around the same time. In doing so, Nkamhoua tested the NBA Draft waters while also maintaining his collegiate eligibility. Josiah-Jordan James, Uros Plavsic and Julian Phillips all did the same.
On Wednesday, Julian Phillips reportedly decided to remain in the NBA Draft, and Josiah-Jordan James announced he is returning to Tennessee for a fifth year.
James’ announcement came as a bit of a surprise given the fact Tennessee was at the scholarship limit, meaning the upcoming fifth-year senior will likely have to walk-on.
As for Plavsic, the Serbian big man indicated on a goodbye post to Tennessee that he will look to play professional basketball somewhere.
All dominos have fallen for Tennessee basketball this offseason, and the Vols have built a strong 14-man (including James) roster heading into the 2023-2024 season.