Jules Bernard has announced that he will not return to Westwood for the final ride after waiting till the last moment.
The UCLA men’s basketball player Jules Bernard entered the 2022 NBA Draft while keeping his availability. He later reinforced his decision on Instagram Wednesday evening. The deadline for early participants to withdraw from the draft was June 1, thus Bernard’s decision came down to the last minute. Bernard is in the draft pool with Johnny Juzang and Peyton Watson. The three now have an opportunity to get their names called on June 23 in Brooklyn.
Bernard attended the G League Elite Camp in the hopes of earning a late offer to the NBA Draft Combine. He scored 17 points a game and had a 6-to-1 assist-to-turnover rate in the two games. He was not selected as one of the seven players to advance.
However, it appeared like Bernard’s career prospects in 2022 were over. He participated in pre-draft practices for the Utah Jazz on Sunday and the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Bernard hasn’t been included in any prediction draft, therefore he could be viewed as an undrafted free man.
Bernard is looking for 18 more games to surpass Michael Roll’s record for most career matches (147) in the UCLA.
After becoming a quality player in his junior season, Bernard averaged 11.6 points and 4.9 rebounds a game. Furthermore, it includes 12.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last season. Bernard finished his four-year campaign with 1195 points, 509 rebounds, 158 assists, 82 steals, and 22 blocks. He has played a key role in UCLA’s late-season resurgence in 2020, 2021 Final Four run, and Sweet 16 appearance in 2022.
However, after arriving in Westwood, the former four-star recruit’s shooting accuracy has varied. In his freshman and junior years, Bernard shot 45.4 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from three. But only 41.1 percent from the field and 33.2 percent from three in his senior years.