Baylor guard James Akinjo declared for the 2022 NBA Draft on Wednesday, giving up his final year of eligibility to head for professional basketball.
Akinjo had a year of COVID-19 eligibility to trigger and had until April 24 to decide if he wanted to return to Baylor to head to professional basketball.
Akinjo announced his decision on his Instagram page with a short message for Baylor fans:
After talking it over with my family, I’ve decided to pursue my dream and enter in the NBA Draft. Thank you to the Baylor coaching staff for welcoming me into the program, to my teammates for helping me get better every day, and to the Baylor family for your support this past year. I plan to hire an agent but will continue working toward earning a degree from Baylor.
Akinjo transferred to Baylor from Arizona before last season and was considered one of the top transfers in college basketball. Akinjo had a fine season for the Bears, helping them to a share of the Big 12 regular-season Championship and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
He averaged 13.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. He also earned All-Big 12 First-Team honors and Associated Press Third-Team All-America honors.
He was the second Baylor player to declare for the NBA Draft on Wednesday. Freshman Kendall Brown also declared. In 34 starts, Brown averages 9.7 points per game, shooting 58.4 percent from the field. He also had added 4.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.0 steals per game. To some NBA Scouts Brown is considered a first-round pick.
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