LSU guard Javonte Smart introduced Thursday that he’s hiring an agent and can declare for the NBA Draft.
Smart was one in every of 4 LSU gamers who averaged double figures within the 2020-21 season and helped the Tigers earn a spot within the Spherical of the 32 within the NCAA Match. Regardless of shedding to top-seeded Michigan within the event, Smart recorded a 27-point, nine-rebound and six-assist efficiency towards the Wolverines.
The 6’4 guard posted on Instagram about his resolution.
“First, I would like to thank God for the numerous blessings upon me,” Smart mentioned. “To the LSU coaches, managers, and teammates (brothers), I thanks for a tremendous three years.
“I, together with my household have determined to enter the 2021 NBA Draft with an agent. Thanks all for the numerous prayers and help.”
The junior averaged 16 factors and 4 assists whereas taking pictures 46 p.c from the sphere and 40.2 p.c from three-point vary.
Smart beforehand declared for the 2020 NBA draft however stored his eligibility all through the draft course of and finally determined to return to faculty for his junior season.
As a sophomore, Smart averaged 12.5 factors, 3.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per recreation whereas taking pictures 41.5 p.c from the ground in 31 video games.
Smart additionally led the SEC in help to turnover ratio as a sophomore.
The deadline for early entrants to declare for the draft is Could 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
The lottery shall be carried out on June 22 and can air on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET. The draft will happen on July 29 at 8 p.m. with the primary spherical televised on ESPN and ABC. Each the draft and the mix shall be held nearly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.