Freshman Centre Ike Anigbogu has declared for the 2017 NBA Draft. His declaration seems more like testing the waters as he will be entering the draft without an agent, leaving him with the option of returning to the Bruins if he changes his mind about the draft.
“After much thought and discussion with my family, I have decided to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft with the intention to sign with an agent. I want to thank my UCLA family for a great season and for all of their support!
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the NBA, and I believe that this is the right time for me to make that transition to the next level. I’m especially grateful to UCLA’s entire coaching staff for everything they’ve done for me. And to all the Bruin fans, you’ve made this year an experience of a lifetime. Having said that, I’ve decided to declare for the NBA Draft without hiring an agent.
Anigbogu, however, has until May 24 to withdraw from the draft.
The 6’10 centre is the third player on the UCLA Bruins to declare for the draft. The other two are Lonzo Ball, projected number one pick in the 2017 Draft, and TJ Leaf.
Though Anigbogu is not considered a first round pick, he is optimistic of being selected in the draft, especially by teams that needing the defensive skills of a post player.
Anigbogu averaged 4.7 ppg 4.0 rpg in 13.0 minutes for his freshman season, which makes some think that he should stay one more year in college.
Joe Piechowski, an alumnus of UCLA, wrote in an article published on the Bruins website:
“If he decides to leave his name in the draft, I would expect that he will end up playing in the NBA D-League next season.
“While I don’t begrudge a player the right to chart his own path to his dreams, I’m wondering if he’s getting bad advice or if he’s another guy like Zach LaVine who wasn’t happy playing for Steve Alford.