Wright State men's basketball junior guard Mark Alstork (Dayton, OH/Thurgood Marshall) announced his intention to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday but will not hire an agent in order to retain NCAA eligibility for his 2017-18 senior season.
“We are very supportive of Mark and his desire to play at the next level,” WSU head coach Scott Nagy said. “Part of that process is helping Mark learn what he needs to improve. I know he’s anxious to see how he fits in, and we want to help him be the best he can be.”
Alstork, a 6-5 guard, can attend workouts scheduled by NBA teams and is eligible to compete in the NBA Draft Combine on May 9-14 in Chicago, if selected. The deadline to withdraw from the NBA Draft and return for his senior year is June 12.
Alstork was named to the 2017 Horizon League First Team as well as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Second Team following a stellar season that saw him average 19.0 points and 4.7 rebounds. Alstork ranked third in the league in overall scoring at 19.0 points per game, eighth in assists per game at 3.5, fourth in free throw percentage at 85% and seventh in threes made per game at 2.2. He posted the league’s fourth-best scoring performance with his career-high with 39 points against Toledo.
The Horizon League Player of the Week on November 14 and November 21, Alstork led the nation in scoring early in the season and now ranks 63rd overall and 71st in free throw percentage. The Dayton native, who collected his 1,000th career point against Valparaiso at home, finished with the second-best junior scoring mark with 608 total points. He now has 1,042 points in his two years at Wright State. Seth Doliboa holds the junior scoring record with 625 points.
For the season, Alstork scored in double figures 27 times, including 17 times of 20 or more points. He had 30 or more points three times, including 33 points at Horizon League foe Youngstown State. Over the last nine games of the season, he averaged 23.0 points. He grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds against Cleveland State at home in early January.
In 2017, the Raiders reached 20 wins for the first time during the regular season since 2008 and finished the year with an RPI of 115, averaging the most points per game (77.0) since 1993. Wright State also set a school record at the free throw line with a 76.4%, ranking 21st nationally.
The 2017 NBA Draft will be held on June 22. The last Raider to be drafted was center Vitaly Potapenko, who was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 12th overall pick in 1996.