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Lonzo Ball Declares for NBA Draft

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Lonzo Ball, the 6-foot-6 freshman point guard from the UCLA Bruins, announced his decision to declare for the NBA Draft on Friday, following UCLA’s 86-75 loss to Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen. Ball told reporters that Friday was his last game in college.

“Yeah, that was my final game at UCLA.” Ball told ESPN. “I appreciate all the fans and all the support.”

Ball was instrumental in leading the Bruins to a 31-4 record (15-3 Pac-12) and a #3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 14.7 points, 7.6 assists, and 6.1 rebounds, shooting 42% from three. He was second in the NCAA in assists this season.

“I appreciate how he wanted to be coached,” said UCLA head coach Steve Alford. “In my mind, he’s the number one pick.”

Lonzo’s father, Lavar, has been in the news recently for saying that he could beat Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one. He also said Lonzo would go to the Lakers, before clarifying his comments. DraftExpress projects Ball as the #2 pick in the 2017 Draft.

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