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Two college hoops standouts from Columbia area declare for NBA Draft

Watch: Devontae Shuler discusses dealing with vitiligo

Irmo native and Ole Miss guard Devontae Shuler discusses his battle with skin disease vitiligo.
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Irmo native and Ole Miss guard Devontae Shuler discusses his battle with skin disease vitiligo.

Two former Midlands basketball standouts have declared for NBA Draft.

Irmo native and Ole Miss guard Devontae Shuler announced Saturday he would declare for the NBA Draft, a day after former Dreher standout Tevin Mack announced his attentions to declare for the draft.

Both aren’t expected to hire agents although they can hire agents and enter the draft as long as they request an evaluation from NBA Advisory Committee. They have to end relationship with agent if they go back to school.

Players have until May 29 to decide whether to remain in the NBA Draft.

Shuler completed his sophomore season at Ole Miss and was the team’s starting point guard. this He averaged 10.3 points. 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He also has been a strong advocate in helping others with the skin condition vitiligo.

Ole Miss coach Kermit Davis said in a statement Saturday that he backs Shuler’s decision to go through the NBA evaluation process.

Mack is set to graduate in May and has one more year of eligibility left. He completed his first year with Alabama after transferring from Texas. He started 24 games this season for the Tide and appeared in all 34.

Mack averaged nine points and 3.3 rebounds a game. If Mack returns to Alabama, he is expected to be one of the key players for new coach Nate Oates.

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