HUNTINGTON — Jon Elmore dipped his toes in the NBA waters earlier this week in a pre-draft workout with the Denver Nuggets.
The Marshall point guard, an underclass early entry for the 2018 NBA Draft, was in a workout group Tuesday at the Pepsi Center that included Iowa’s Tyler Cook, Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ, Auburn’s Mustapha Heron, Michigan’s Charles Matthews and St. John’s Shamorie Ponds.
“It was a lot of positive stuff,” Elmore said in an interview that appeared on www.nba.com/nuggets/draft. “I gave gave it 100 percent and felt like I showed pretty well, so hopefully they think pretty highly of me.”
Elmore is a rising senior who declared for the June 21 draft in late March, but didn’t hire an agent. Underclassmen who put their names in the draft and don’t hire agents have until May 30 to withdraw without affecting their college eligibility.
He’s in the NBA Draft pool of players to get feedback on his game. He went through the same process last year. The Charleston native said he’s had more workouts this year and got to do a lot of drills with scouts and general managers watching.
After Tuesday’s workout he was asked what it would take for him to leave the Thundering Herd for the NBA.
“Just hearing the right things,” he said in the interview. “Had a couple of good workouts, got some feedback. So I am just going to keep testing the waters and see what people are saying. At the end of the day, I think the last day to do it is May 30. So make an educated guess by then, talk with the family and figure it all out.”
Elmore led Marshall to the Conference USA tournament championship and NCAA tournament second round last season with league-leading averages of 22.7 points and 6.8 assists, but during Tuesday’s post-workout interview he was asked about his intramural exploits.
He enrolled at Marshall in January 2015 as a transfer from Virginia Military Institute. While sitting out the required one year of residency he joined an intramural team. In one game he filled the Marshall Rec Center baskets with 101 points.
“We weren’t playing the best team in the intramural league,” he said. “So, the game might have got out of hand a little bit. But I got a little hot and probably could have thrown a hook shot in from half court. I keep telling them they need to put up a sign on the court I did it on.”
To get 101 points, Elmore said he made 33 of his 3-point shots and one layup.