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Armaan Franklin enters 2023 NBA draft: What are his realistic chances at the next level?

Chris Graham
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Armaan Franklin, rumored earlier in the week to be leaning toward not returning for his COVID senior season at Virginia, made it official on Friday, announcing that he will enter the NBA draft.

“To all the fans that filled up John Paul Jones Arena, thank you for taking a kid from Indiana and treating him like your own,” Franklin said in a message posted on Instagram. “Charlottesville will always hold a special place in my heart. After a lot of conversations with my family and coaches, I have decided to declare for the 2023 NBA draft.”

Franklin, a 6’4” guard, was Virginia’s leading scorer in 2022-2023, averaging 12.4 points per game, on 42.4 percent shooting from the floor and 37.3 percent from three.

Reality check: he’s not going to hear his name called on draft night. Franklin’s name is not only not showing up in mock drafts, he’s not even being mentioned in the Top 100 prospects in the 2023 draft class, which means it might be hard for him to even get a summer-league spot.

His route to making money playing basketball is hiring an agent who has contacts overseas.

It’s not that staying another year at Virginia would change that, though.

Franklin is yet another example of good college player who’s game is just not good enough to get him an NBA job.

He’s graduating in May, so he’ll have a UVA degree, and he’ll get a chance to make money in Europe, Asia or the South Pacific, so there are worse things.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris has won 17 Virginia Press Association awards for his work as an investigative reporter, feature writer and columnist. Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, both published in 2019, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to my YouTube page, Want to reach Chris? Try [email protected].