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Arizona freshman Zeke Nnaji to declare for NBA Draft, per report

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Arizona Wildcats freshman Zeke Nnaji will declare for the 2020 NBA Draft, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.

Many mock drafts project he will be a first-round pick, so this news does not come as a surprise. Assuming Nnaji does not hire an agent, he could still withdraw by June 15 and return to school, though that would be unexpected.

The ferocious forward led Arizona in scoring (16.1), rebounding (8.6) and field goal percentage (57.0) after entering the season as the least-heralded of the UA’s three freshman starters. The Minnesotan had 14 double-doubles and scored 20 or more points in 10 of 32 games.

Nnaji was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and an all-conference selection.

Fellow freshmen Josh Green and Nico Mannion are also expected to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft, meaning the Wildcats will likely have a completely new starting five in 2020-21.