Every Shocker fan is left to wonder, how early will Cleanthony go? Multiple mock drafts have him going late in the first round or early in first.
He averaged 16.4 points as a senior and earned a second-team All-American honor.
But even with the accolades and continually proving himself on the court, Coach Gregg Marshall says he is also anxious to where Early lands.
"I've never had a first round draft pick as a coach," Marshall said. "Winthrop had some guys that played professionally but never had a first round draft pick and now we've had two guys in the NBA in the last 12 months but we didn't have a guy drafted in the first round so this will be another milestone...it will be great for him, for us, for the community and just a testament to what he's accomplished during his time here."
The NBA draft starts at 6 p.m. on ESPN on Thursday.