Florida State Seminoles 5-star recruit Jonathan Isaac may not play for Florida State after all.
Isaac, the top-ranked prospect in Florida, according to 247Sports' composite rankings, told Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel that he will explore the possibility of forgoing playing with the Seminoles to try to enter the 2016 NBA draft.
Isaac, who attends IMG Academy, is in his fifth year of prep basketball. Thamel noted that, according to NBA rules, American basketball players need to be a year removed from graduating high school and also be at least 19 years old to enter the draft. Isaac will turn 19 on Oct. 3.
Thamel also pointed out a new rule that allows prospects to enter the draft and withdraw their name without complicating their status as college athletes. Isaac could participate in the combine and hold a workout, and if he doesn't like the results, he would still be able to play for Florida State in 2016-17. He told Thamel that he would be "happy" to join the Seminoles if that were the case.