Apr 18, 2013 12:37 AM
TUCSON - University of Arizona men's basketball player Grant Jerrett has decided to make himself eligible for the 2013 NBA Draft.
"Today, with the support of my family, I made the decision to enter the 2013 NBA Draft and pursue my lifelong dream of playing professional basketball," said Jerrett. "I would like to thank all Wildcat fans, my teammates and coaches for making my year in Tucson an incredible experience. I will forever be an Arizona Wildcat."
A 6-foot-10, 235-pound freshman forward from Chino Hills, Calif., Jerrett averaged of 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds, to go with a .405 (32-of-79) three-point field goal percentage in 34 appearances (two starts). He scored in double figures five times and grabbed five or more rebounds 11 times. Jerrett connected on 40.9 percent of his field goals (63-of-154) and 81.8 percent (18-of-22) of his free throws.
Jerrett registered season highs of 15 points vs. Oral Roberts on Dec. 18, 10 rebounds vs. UCLA on Jan. 24 and six blocked shots on Jan. 12 at Oregon State. He led the Wildcats with 33 blocked shots and ranked fifth on the team with 32 three-point field goals. Jerrett knocked down at least one trey in 20 of 34 appearances.
"I would like to wish Grant well as he pursues his goal of becoming a part of the NBA," said Arizona head coach Sean Miller. "Not only is Grant a talented player, but he is an even better person with a wonderful and supportive family. I look forward to helping him in any way that I can as he moves forward in his basketball career."
Jerrett is one of 15 Wildcats to declare early for the NBA Draft since 1984: Brian Williams (1991), Mike Bibby (1998), Gilbert Arenas (2001), Jason Gardner (2001), Richard Jefferson (2001), Michael Wright (2001), Andre Iguodala (2004), Chris Rodgers (2005), Mustafa Shakur (2006), Marcus Williams (2007), Jerryd Bayless (2008), Chase Budinger (2008 and 2009), Jordan Hill (2009) and Derrick Williams (2011). Of that list, only Gardner, Rodgers and Shakur returned to school and completed their eligibility.
The 2013 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 27, at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y.
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