TJ Leaf Declares For NBA Draft

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UCLA Freshman TJ Leaf announced his intentions to enter the 2017 NBA Draft with the intention of signing with an agent on Thursday.

“This was a huge decision for me and my family,” said Leaf. “It was definitely one of the hardest decisions in my life. I just want to thank everyone at UCLA. The fans were amazing and made for a great year.” 

The 6-foot-10 Leaf averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists as the Bruins reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

The coaches were the best I’ve had, and I can’t thank them enough, especially Coach [Steve] Alford.” he said. “I will always love my UCLA family so much, in particular, the amazing teammates I had this past year. This was the most fun year of basketball I’ve had in my entire life, and I will definitely miss it.” 

Leaf is projected as the No. 22 pick by DraftExpress.com.

TJ had such a great season for us, and I completely support his decision to pursue his dream,” said UCLA head coach Steve Alford. “I’m proud of what he was able to accomplish this season. He brought so much to our team, both on and off the court, and we’re certainly going to miss him.”

UCLA has a six-man recruiting class ranked No. 2 by ESPN.com

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