Kay Felder says he's likely done at Oakland

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Oakland's Kay Felder announced he will submit his name for the NBA draft.

Kay Felder is almost certainly done at Oakland University, he told The Detroit News on Tuesday night.

The star guard has declared for the NBA draft and is actively looking for an agent.

"I don't plan on coming back," Felder told The News.

In a new rule this year, players can enter the NBA draft but withdraw their names and return to college within 10 days after the combine. That deadline is May 25.

But Felder met with his family on Monday and made up his mind, telling coach Greg Kampe in a conversation early in the day.

"At first, it was a hard decision," Felder said.

His family said they would support whatever decision he made, which made the decision easier, he said.

Felder has been projected by some experts as a second-round pick, but he said he doesn't have a target in mind. He said that'll be up to his agent to figure out.

The only way Felder would return to Oakland, he said, is if he can't find an agent that he's comfortable with.

"There are a lot of projections right now," Felder said. "I'm not even looking at them.

"I'll do my part. He (the agent) has got to do his part."

In a press release from Oakland earlier Monday, Felder said he was keeping his options open, but thanked his teammates and coaches.

Kampe was not quoted in the press release.

"We had a talk about it," Felder said. "Going over different scenarios."

Felder is coming off a remarkable season in which he led the nation in assists (9.3) and was third in points (24.2), including big games against marquee teams like Michigan State and Virginia.

Felder is hoping to become the second Oakland player ever drafted into the NBA, after Keith Benson was taken 48th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in 2011. Benson declared in 2010, but returned to school.

If Felder is projected to be a first-round pick, he could stand to make millions on a guaranteed contract; if it's second round, it could be closer to $700,000 as he works first out of the NBA Development League.

Risk of injury could factor into his final decision, as well, though Oakland University has the option to take out an insurance policy for Felder for as little as about $25,000 to protect millions in potential earnings.

Felder was the Horizon League player of the year, helping Oakland to a 23-12 record and a runner-up showing in the regular season in the conference.

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