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UCLA F Smith declares for NBA draft

Field Level Media
08 Apr 2020, 06:19 GMT+10

UCLA forward Chris Smith is declaring for the NBA draft, the junior told ESPN on Tuesday.

"I'm 100 percent committed to the process and am excited to see what the future holds," Smith told ESPN.

Smith averaged a team-best 13.1 points while being named the Pacific-12's Most Improved Player of the Year for the 2019-20 season. He also averaged 5.4 rebounds and had 31 steals while earning first-team all-conference honors.

The 6-foot-9 Smith was the lone UCLA player to post a double-digit scoring average. He shot 45.8 percent from the field, including 34.1 percent from 3-point range.

Smith is projected as a second-round draft pick (39th overall) in the latest mock draft by nbadraft.net.

"We support Chris in exploring his options," UCLA coach Mick Cronin told BruinReportOnline. "We had a great talk and he's a wonderful person. We will see how the process plays out for him and support accordingly."

The draft is scheduled for June 25. No announcement has been made as to whether the coronavirus pandemic will force it to be rescheduled.

--Field Level Media

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