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Kansas Jayhawks’ Ochai Agbaji Declares for 2021 NBA Draft

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma State at Kansas

Kansas Jayhawks guard Ochai Agbaji declared for the 2021 NBA Draft on Thursday, but left the door open to return to the Jayhawks next season.

Agbaji, 6-foot-5, averaged 14.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. He was Kansas’ leading scorer and its best 3-point shooter. He earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors.

He indicated in his announcement on Twitter that he intended to retain his college eligibility as he explored the NBA Draft. He has two years of eligibility remaining, one of which is due to COVID-19.

Agbaji has been mentioned in several mock draft this spring, with him usually going in the second round. He was not selected in a recent mock draft, released on Thursday.


Agbaji was the leading scorer for the Jayhawks in the 2020-21 season, helping to keep Kansas afloat during their most trying season since the 2008-09 season. At that time, the Jayhawks lost more than half their roster to either graduation or early entry into the NBA Draft, and it came just a few months after the Jayhawks won their last national title.

At one point this season, the Jayhawks fell out of both the AP Top 25 and the USA Today Top 25 for the first time since January of 2009.

Kansas did make the NCAA Tournament, losing in the second round.

The NBA Draft is expected to take place in July.

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