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Montreal native Karim Mane says he's entering 2020 NBA Draft

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Montreal native Karim Mane has made himself eligible for the upcoming NBA Draft.

Mane has submitted the necessary paperwork on Thursday, he told ESPN.

"I sent in my paperwork, but I am keeping my options open as far as college," Mane told ESPN's Jonathan Givony. "I am not planning on hiring an agent right now.

"I want to hear directly from teams. If I can get a guarantee I'll be drafted, I will probably need to think about staying in."

Mane is the number two prospect in Canada for the class of 2020, according to North Pole Hoops.

The 6-foot-5 point guard played at Vanier College in Montreal this past season. He jumped on the NBA radar after a strong showing at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Greece.

Due to his international status and having turned 19-year-old last year, he is eligible for the draft. He also, however, is hoping to keep his eligibility as an NCAA prospect.

"All my options are open," he said. "I'm going to keep my eligibility as of right now."

Mane has received offers or interest from Florida, Oklahoma, Marquette, Michigan State, Wake Forest and Pittsburgh.

He can withdraw from the draft and go the college route as late as 10 days before the draft.

With the league currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the draft, which was originally scheduled for Thursday, June 25, 2020, may be postponed to a date in August according to multiple reports.

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