Chase Audige, B1G Defensive player of the Year, makes NBA Draft decision
Chase Audige will forgo the remainder of his college eligibility and begin his pro career, according to a report.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported late Wednesday night that Audige intends to remain in the 2023 NBA Draft. The deadline to withdraw from the draft while maintaining eligibility has passed
Sources: #Northwestern guard Chase Audige, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, will remain in the NBA draft.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) June 1, 2023
Audige is a big loss for the Wildcats. He was a factor on both ends of the floor as he averaged 14.1 points per game while being an elite defensive player in the Big Ten.
His 2.4 steals per game were a big reason why he was ultimately named co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He shared the honor with Rutgers’ Caleb McConnell. Audige also recorded 0.6 blocks per contest — an impressive number for a 6-foot-4 guard.
Last season was his 5th year in college basketball. He began his career at William & Mary but transferred to Northwestern ahead of the 2019-20 season. In his 3 years for the Wildcats, Audige made 101 starts.
The 2023 NBA Draft will be held on June 22.
What this means for Northwestern
Northwestern has added 3 transfers so far this offseason. The Wildcats have also signed 3 recruits from the high school class of 2023 as they look to maintain the progress they made last season.
Northwestern was a No. 7-seed in the NCAA Tournament this season — the highest mark in program history.